These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Florida

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.

And there are certain places in Florida that have more to stress out about then just their first day at work.

There are things like dealing with ever-longer commutes, working longer and longer hours, and just trying to find a job in the first place. But which places in Florida take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of North Miami have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Florida. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Sunshine State:

  1. North Miami
  2. North Miami Beach
  3. Lauderhill
  4. Miami Gardens
  5. Lauderdale Lakes
  6. West Park
  7. Sweetwater
  8. Hallandale Beach
  9. Florida City
  10. Lake Worth

Read on to see why these places in Florida could use a Xanax.

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How We Measured Stress In Florida (Without Stressing Out)

In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect its root causes for most people and used them to look at the 215 places in Florida with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

The higher any of these were, the more stressed the people of the place are.

Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2010-2014.

We ranked each place from 1 to 215 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria. These ranks were then averaged into a Stress Score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out place in the Sunshine State.

Below, we’ll take a look at the standout stress stats for each top 10 most stressed places, and wrap the whole thing up with a detailed ranking of all 215 places we analyzed.

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1. North Miami

North Miami, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,756People With High Rent: 66.7%
People With Long Commute: 53.0%
People Without Insurance: 37.4%

2. North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,028People With High Rent: 63.7%
People With Long Commute: 53.0%
People Without Insurance: 36.5%

3. Lauderhill

Lauderhill, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 69,082People With High Rent: 65.5%
People With Long Commute: 44.5%
People Without Insurance: 27.5%

4. Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 110,867People With High Rent: 62.8%
People With Long Commute: 50.6%
People Without Insurance: 27.5%

5. Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,710People With High Rent: 60.7%
People With Long Commute: 41.5%
People Without Insurance: 30.1%

6. West Park

West Park, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,604People With High Rent: 59.2%
People With Long Commute: 48.6%
People Without Insurance: 29.5%

7. Sweetwater


Population: 20,562 People With High Rent: 64.0%
People With Long Commute: 57.8%
People Without Insurance: 40.3%

8. Hallandale Beach

Hallandale Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,270People With High Rent: 61.2%
People With Long Commute: 44.8%
People Without Insurance: 26.2%

9. Florida City

Florida City, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,853People With High Rent: 66.5%
People With Long Commute: 48.9%
People Without Insurance: 33.2%

10. Lake Worth

Lake Worth, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,903People With High Rent: 59.8%
People With Long Commute: 40.0%
People Without Insurance: 38.6%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Florida

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
North Miami 1 60,756 66.7% 53.0% 37.4%
North Miami Beach 2 43,028 63.7% 53.0% 36.5%
Lauderhill 3 69,082 65.5% 44.5% 27.5%
Miami Gardens 4 110,867 62.8% 50.6% 27.5%
Lauderdale Lakes 5 33,710 60.7% 41.5% 30.1%
West Park 6 14,604 59.2% 48.6% 29.5%
Sweetwater 7 20,562 64.0% 57.8% 40.3%
Hallandale Beach 8 38,270 61.2% 44.8% 26.2%
Florida City 9 11,853 66.5% 48.9% 33.2%
Lake Worth 10 35,903 59.8% 40.0% 38.6%
North Lauderdale 11 42,354 64.8% 43.9% 35.3%
Miami 12 416,432 63.1% 39.9% 32.9%
Homestead 13 63,459 64.1% 47.0% 31.6%
Hialeah 14 232,311 67.6% 32.8% 36.3%
Hialeah Gardens 15 22,660 64.4% 36.6% 35.3%
Palm Springs 16 21,302 63.5% 32.2% 33.7%
Opa-locka 17 15,867 62.4% 38.4% 34.6%
Dania Beach 18 30,531 63.7% 37.8% 26.9%
Pompano Beach 19 103,234 61.9% 37.6% 28.1%
Pembroke Park 20 6,220 65.1% 50.8% 27.5%
Kissimmee 21 63,392 65.7% 48.7% 29.3%
Miramar 22 128,414 61.5% 51.1% 22.6%
Margate 23 54,929 60.0% 48.0% 23.7%
Greenacres 24 38,444 60.3% 36.9% 29.8%
Hollywood 25 145,128 59.4% 41.0% 24.7%
West Miami 26 6,197 61.9% 34.7% 22.2%
Fort Pierce 27 42,744 62.6% 35.2% 31.3%
Miami Springs 28 14,255 64.4% 33.8% 26.4%
Oakland Park 29 42,795 60.3% 30.5% 28.4%
Lantana 30 10,822 59.6% 30.8% 25.6%
Coral Springs 31 125,150 58.2% 44.9% 20.8%
Sanford 32 55,296 61.2% 38.0% 22.1%
Deerfield Beach 33 77,341 56.6% 36.6% 26.8%
Belle Glade 34 17,785 54.0% 32.3% 25.2%
Deltona 35 85,765 57.7% 53.5% 20.7%
Riviera Beach 36 33,123 64.4% 22.3% 21.8%
Boynton Beach 37 70,355 60.3% 29.0% 22.6%
Tamarac 38 62,478 54.8% 46.0% 20.4%
Pembroke Pines 39 159,920 59.3% 50.3% 16.5%
Fort Lauderdale 40 171,137 55.5% 33.7% 22.3%
Lake Park 41 8,317 61.1% 19.6% 31.1%
Bay Harbor Islands 42 5,847 53.0% 48.5% 23.0%
Lake Alfred 43 5,136 69.5% 46.7% 21.8%
South Miami 44 12,036 53.9% 36.9% 20.9%
New Port Richey 45 15,063 56.9% 33.8% 21.9%
Dade City 46 6,548 67.8% 33.9% 23.6%
Casselberry 47 26,520 53.1% 38.5% 22.7%
Miami Lakes 48 30,396 58.0% 44.4% 22.2%
Sunrise 49 88,391 52.2% 44.2% 21.2%
Miami Beach 50 90,669 57.9% 35.5% 27.2%
Cutler Bay 51 42,573 51.4% 61.8% 21.6%
South Daytona 52 12,265 71.0% 22.0% 20.4%
Port St. Lucie 53 169,260 60.4% 40.0% 20.2%
Orange City 54 10,968 67.0% 38.7% 17.8%
Pahokee 55 5,941 43.7% 43.4% 27.3%
Fort Myers 56 66,167 56.4% 33.7% 25.2%
Palmetto Bay 57 24,214 70.1% 58.6% 11.3%
North Bay Village 58 7,453 48.1% 41.3% 34.3%
Bradenton 59 50,777 57.5% 28.6% 24.4%
Clermont 60 29,582 59.5% 51.0% 16.6%
Aventura 61 36,979 54.1% 48.0% 14.6%
Treasure Island 62 6,749 57.5% 34.6% 15.9%
Quincy 63 8,022 51.9% 42.3% 20.7%
St. Cloud 64 39,685 48.9% 49.6% 18.7%
Delray Beach 65 62,828 54.9% 25.4% 21.6%
Doral 66 49,363 55.7% 40.7% 23.4%
Wilton Manors 67 11,994 45.0% 33.5% 21.5%
Palm Bay 68 104,342 61.0% 34.5% 19.1%
Gulfport 69 12,102 63.0% 27.5% 17.3%
Holly Hill 70 11,680 50.9% 24.3% 24.1%
Coconut Creek 71 55,590 52.7% 39.2% 17.2%
Orlando 72 250,224 56.5% 31.0% 23.3%
Longwood 73 13,776 50.8% 36.9% 21.0%
Cocoa 74 17,261 56.2% 29.6% 23.2%
Sunny Isles Beach 75 21,583 50.6% 46.6% 17.8%
Cape Coral 76 161,804 52.5% 42.0% 19.5%
Apopka 77 44,462 56.3% 53.2% 18.5%
Fellsmere 78 5,312 53.4% 40.2% 49.8%
Brooksville 79 7,725 62.2% 27.9% 21.0%
Arcadia 80 7,647 50.9% 32.9% 21.2%
Tarpon Springs 81 23,789 48.3% 40.5% 16.0%
Mascotte 82 5,197 62.9% 47.7% 30.1%
Avon Park 83 8,874 52.3% 25.9% 24.5%
Haines City 84 21,207 51.7% 52.6% 31.2%
Indian Harbour Beach 85 8,254 49.4% 21.7% 20.1%
Key West 86 25,187 65.0% 8.4% 28.4%
Stuart 87 15,850 60.5% 21.8% 17.8%
Largo 88 78,391 52.2% 24.1% 19.4%
Edgewater 89 20,879 60.1% 39.0% 17.6%
Palatka 90 10,464 66.5% 24.1% 18.7%
Eustis 91 18,920 53.1% 38.7% 17.5%
Clearwater 92 109,210 55.3% 29.3% 20.0%
Sebastian 93 22,485 53.6% 35.8% 15.7%
Royal Palm Beach 94 35,482 54.1% 47.5% 14.0%
Ocoee 95 38,340 44.9% 46.0% 19.2%
Palmetto 96 12,856 57.1% 30.0% 22.3%
Davie 97 95,721 53.5% 39.4% 16.7%
Leesburg 98 20,915 63.1% 22.8% 20.2%
Lake Wales 99 14,665 57.6% 33.7% 15.5%
Auburndale 100 13,979 54.8% 35.8% 20.9%
Tampa 101 348,934 53.1% 29.6% 17.3%
Sarasota 102 52,986 50.7% 20.0% 22.5%
Titusville 103 44,032 54.1% 32.3% 18.0%
Altamonte Springs 104 41,889 45.8% 31.5% 20.7%
Miami Shores 105 10,736 37.1% 37.6% 17.3%
West Palm Beach 106 102,283 55.3% 24.3% 24.3%
Starke 107 5,404 55.7% 27.6% 19.8%
Cape Canaveral 108 9,960 46.6% 21.1% 23.7%
Safety Harbor 109 17,017 61.4% 38.6% 13.0%
Plant City 110 35,866 51.6% 34.7% 22.7%
Green Cove Springs 111 6,984 49.8% 42.1% 20.7%
Winter Springs 112 33,673 49.9% 38.6% 15.5%
Sebring 113 10,356 56.3% 16.7% 23.9%
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 114 6,241 48.6% 31.1% 14.0%
Vero Beach 115 15,577 68.0% 12.6% 19.3%
Temple Terrace 116 25,098 55.4% 28.9% 16.5%
DeLand 117 27,872 64.6% 24.1% 17.2%
Pinellas Park 118 49,874 50.4% 24.6% 21.5%
Milton 119 9,149 48.4% 27.9% 18.8%
Fort Meade 120 5,745 42.6% 35.3% 18.6%
Orange Park 121 8,472 47.5% 32.4% 14.8%
St. Petersburg 122 248,429 51.3% 25.9% 17.3%
Dunedin 123 35,538 51.9% 36.8% 15.6%
Plantation 124 88,486 48.8% 36.3% 16.2%
Zephyrhills 125 14,041 54.1% 38.3% 14.4%
Lighthouse Point 126 10,693 54.0% 38.2% 8.3%
DeBary 127 19,404 59.7% 40.2% 14.7%
Inverness 128 7,205 61.8% 30.0% 11.4%
Okeechobee 129 5,581 38.1% 32.9% 27.7%
Lady Lake 130 14,138 66.5% 22.0% 11.6%
Winter Garden 131 36,826 51.1% 40.9% 14.3%
High Springs 132 5,499 52.6% 43.1% 18.6%
Groveland 133 9,381 33.9% 48.8% 19.3%
Live Oak 134 6,927 50.1% 23.7% 19.1%
Parkland 135 25,895 64.3% 43.0% 5.0%
Marathon 136 8,529 69.4% 9.8% 26.7%
Surfside 137 5,927 47.4% 40.3% 11.5%
Oldsmar 138 13,730 48.8% 40.8% 16.4%
Panama City 139 36,405 55.6% 19.2% 20.1%
Bonita Springs 140 46,384 52.2% 32.4% 22.7%
Ocala 141 56,918 54.1% 19.6% 20.2%
Tequesta 142 5,756 66.2% 28.3% 14.1%
Lake City 143 12,059 45.7% 17.2% 24.4%
Winter Haven 144 35,070 52.5% 30.1% 19.0%
Oviedo 145 35,602 51.1% 47.8% 9.8%
Springfield 146 9,095 53.4% 25.5% 20.3%
Belle Isle 147 6,265 48.8% 32.6% 15.4%
Weston 148 67,567 45.6% 44.5% 12.2%
DeFuniak Springs 149 5,410 57.1% 35.4% 19.3%
Pinecrest 150 18,914 54.1% 43.4% 8.6%
Daytona Beach 151 61,913 56.0% 15.0% 22.0%
Crestview 152 22,099 52.0% 43.3% 13.0%
Tavares 153 14,343 50.3% 30.5% 14.5%
Cocoa Beach 154 11,287 46.4% 27.1% 18.6%
St. Pete Beach 155 9,408 53.3% 32.0% 10.7%
Melbourne 156 77,216 50.8% 20.2% 16.8%
Cooper City 157 32,058 42.8% 40.1% 10.9%
Macclenny 158 6,387 49.5% 49.3% 15.6%
Jacksonville 159 837,533 52.5% 29.3% 16.5%
North Port 160 58,584 43.0% 47.4% 17.3%
Tallahassee 161 185,395 58.7% 15.5% 13.1%
Fort Walton Beach 162 20,320 45.6% 19.0% 21.9%
Rockledge 163 25,477 42.3% 27.9% 15.3%
Fernandina Beach 164 11,851 53.0% 30.1% 17.8%
Lakeland 165 99,942 52.1% 22.5% 14.9%
Wellington 166 59,022 51.5% 44.6% 12.2%
Boca Raton 167 88,187 56.7% 21.6% 12.5%
St. Augustine 168 13,440 58.7% 23.1% 17.8%
Callaway 169 14,617 45.9% 26.7% 18.1%
Seminole 170 17,477 48.3% 31.6% 14.3%
Mount Dora 171 12,663 49.8% 35.3% 16.6%
Destin 172 12,840 48.4% 29.6% 22.5%
Venice 173 21,121 56.3% 24.0% 7.3%
Coral Gables 174 49,319 51.6% 31.0% 10.1%
Atlantic Beach 175 12,840 47.3% 36.9% 13.2%
Palm Coast 176 77,779 49.3% 36.0% 15.7%
Lake Mary 177 14,605 52.7% 33.9% 10.4%
Gainesville 178 126,465 56.5% 10.7% 16.1%
Niceville 179 13,562 61.0% 35.1% 14.0%
Perry 180 7,040 45.7% 12.4% 17.3%
Wildwood 181 6,782 68.3% 20.3% 12.6%
Winter Park 182 28,771 49.0% 27.9% 11.8%
Southwest Ranches 183 7,583 38.0% 48.6% 12.3%
Pensacola 184 52,505 47.1% 16.6% 16.5%
Clewiston 185 7,184 37.9% 21.4% 28.7%
Neptune Beach 186 6,733 45.2% 39.3% 8.1%
Ormond Beach 187 38,502 57.5% 18.1% 15.0%
Fort Myers Beach 188 6,539 39.0% 39.3% 10.4%
Marianna 189 8,548 52.6% 15.4% 10.9%
Minneola 190 9,849 57.9% 36.6% 12.0%
West Melbourne 191 19,208 47.6% 18.5% 14.0%
Jupiter 192 57,625 52.2% 24.2% 13.0%
Bartow 193 17,766 45.4% 34.3% 14.7%
Jacksonville Beach 194 21,822 49.3% 27.0% 11.3%
North Palm Beach 195 12,272 53.1% 21.3% 10.3%
Port Orange 196 57,218 47.1% 22.3% 15.1%
Newberry 197 5,185 50.4% 50.3% 13.7%
St. Augustine Beach 198 6,422 37.9% 23.9% 14.4%
Punta Gorda 199 16,984 44.0% 24.4% 10.7%
Islamorada 200 6,318 46.6% 14.2% 17.3%
Key Biscayne 201 12,774 33.5% 26.4% 5.3%
Satellite Beach 202 10,262 33.8% 26.2% 13.0%
New Smyrna Beach 203 22,993 46.9% 35.4% 13.3%
Lynn Haven 204 19,049 46.9% 21.4% 12.5%
Maitland 205 16,273 38.4% 28.8% 10.2%
Panama City Beach 206 11,884 47.4% 22.6% 18.9%
Alachua 207 9,291 36.9% 38.2% 11.7%
Gulf Breeze 208 5,984 52.0% 16.5% 10.6%
Palm Beach Gardens 209 50,147 50.1% 19.1% 10.5%
Longboat Key 210 7,003 26.5% 30.4% 1.6%
Naples 211 20,214 50.3% 13.3% 8.0%
Palm Beach 212 8,344 39.0% 17.7% 3.1%
Marco Island 213 16,921 43.0% 14.9% 5.7%
Valparaiso 214 5,109 42.7% 16.6% 10.1%
Sanibel 215 6,761 45.7% 16.5% 4.5%