These Are The 10 Most Stressed Places In Georgia

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 Georgia 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 Georgia take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Clarkston have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Georgia. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Peach State:

  1. Clarkston
  2. Stone Mountain
  3. Forest Park
  4. Norcross
  5. East Point
  6. Riverdale
  7. Hampton
  8. Lovejoy
  9. Lawrenceville
  10. Austell

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

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How We Measured Stress In Georgia (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 127 places in Georgia 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 are, 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 127 (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 Peach 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 127 places we analyzed.

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1. Clarkston

Clarkston, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,717People With High Rent: 53.3%
People With Long Commute: 56.7%
People Without Insurance: 31.5%

2. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,924People With High Rent: 61.2%
People With Long Commute: 60.1%
People Without Insurance: 26.7%

3. Forest Park

Forest Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,783People With High Rent: 61.2%
People With Long Commute: 43.1%
People Without Insurance: 42.9%

4. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,799People With High Rent: 62.7%
People With Long Commute: 55.1%
People Without Insurance: 35.5%

5. East Point

East Point, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,070People With High Rent: 59.4%
People With Long Commute: 41.0%
People Without Insurance: 28.7%

6. Riverdale

Riverdale, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,496People With High Rent: 64.1%
People With Long Commute: 34.8%
People Without Insurance: 24.8%

7. Hampton

Hampton, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,092People With High Rent: 81.1%
People With Long Commute: 43.0%
People Without Insurance: 23.8%

8. Lovejoy

Lovejoy, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,433People With High Rent: 56.8%
People With Long Commute: 50.8%
People Without Insurance: 19.6%

9. Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,364People With High Rent: 56.7%
People With Long Commute: 45.8%
People Without Insurance: 25.3%

10. Austell

Austell, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,944People With High Rent: 61.3%
People With Long Commute: 58.2%
People Without Insurance: 22.5%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Georgia

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Clarkston 1 7,717 53.3% 56.7% 31.5%
Stone Mountain 2 5,924 61.2% 60.1% 26.7%
Forest Park 3 18,783 61.2% 43.1% 42.9%
Norcross 4 15,799 62.7% 55.1% 35.5%
East Point 5 35,070 59.4% 41.0% 28.7%
Riverdale 6 15,496 64.1% 34.8% 24.8%
Hampton 7 7,092 81.1% 43.0% 23.8%
Lovejoy 8 6,433 56.8% 50.8% 19.6%
Lawrenceville 9 29,364 56.7% 45.8% 25.3%
Austell 10 6,944 61.3% 58.2% 22.5%
College Park 11 14,019 60.9% 38.9% 26.7%
Lilburn 12 12,162 56.2% 50.6% 27.4%
Hapeville 13 6,611 46.8% 37.7% 30.9%
Conyers 14 15,456 58.0% 36.4% 25.3%
Marietta 15 58,436 53.8% 40.2% 27.5%
Dallas 16 12,129 46.9% 62.6% 23.0%
Cairo 17 9,750 57.4% 36.2% 25.0%
Powder Springs 18 14,271 51.6% 64.3% 17.4%
Fairburn 19 13,520 54.3% 53.5% 23.7%
Cedartown 20 9,760 48.2% 34.3% 31.7%
Villa Rica 21 14,266 57.9% 52.6% 18.9%
Folkston 22 5,233 53.0% 41.0% 19.2%
Sylvester 23 6,180 50.0% 42.2% 27.2%
Doraville 24 10,513 45.6% 43.7% 46.3%
Union City 25 20,200 62.1% 47.9% 18.3%
McDonough 26 22,560 52.6% 53.6% 18.0%
Canton 27 23,841 53.8% 43.0% 26.6%
Sugar Hill 28 19,688 60.8% 48.8% 17.9%
Snellville 29 18,939 55.4% 63.1% 12.6%
Fort Valley 30 9,448 55.9% 25.8% 23.0%
Swainsboro 31 7,431 67.4% 30.6% 27.7%
Winder 32 14,495 53.3% 52.4% 16.8%
Griffin 33 23,425 56.5% 30.4% 18.7%
Chamblee 34 15,835 40.5% 41.0% 37.6%
Duluth 35 27,821 45.8% 47.0% 23.0%
Acworth 36 21,169 49.3% 47.6% 17.9%
Loganville 37 10,711 61.6% 56.4% 13.2%
Kennesaw 38 31,358 49.3% 44.1% 18.4%
Thomson 39 6,682 54.2% 22.9% 25.4%
Cumming 40 5,538 48.0% 35.6% 23.1%
Auburn 41 7,388 46.9% 64.2% 22.9%
Atlanta 42 440,641 49.6% 30.4% 17.8%
Douglasville 43 31,573 47.7% 50.2% 17.6%
Stockbridge 44 26,992 42.5% 48.5% 16.2%
Albany 45 76,946 53.6% 15.3% 21.6%
Cordele 46 11,177 63.3% 12.6% 19.2%
Smyrna 47 52,922 45.0% 43.6% 18.7%
Brunswick 48 15,648 51.3% 16.1% 28.8%
Covington 49 13,342 60.0% 27.8% 22.6%
Monroe 50 13,427 47.0% 35.5% 21.7%
Valdosta 51 56,324 53.3% 11.1% 22.6%
Hawkinsville 52 5,588 47.6% 23.4% 21.9%
Gainesville 53 34,938 48.3% 26.6% 27.8%
Locust Grove 54 5,573 53.6% 36.7% 23.6%
Savannah 55 141,298 54.3% 19.3% 20.9%
Carrollton 56 25,138 52.5% 23.5% 19.5%
Dalton 57 33,336 47.7% 14.8% 26.5%
Barnesville 58 6,617 36.6% 33.5% 21.3%
Woodstock 59 25,672 48.7% 52.8% 10.8%
Moultrie 60 14,467 56.4% 22.6% 27.8%
Thomasville 61 18,558 46.7% 19.8% 21.5%
Statesboro 62 29,630 63.6% 14.4% 18.1%
Holly Springs 63 9,678 54.3% 50.1% 11.4%
Roswell 64 92,364 47.4% 41.0% 16.2%
Commerce 65 6,535 52.1% 36.2% 22.1%
Rome 66 36,099 49.6% 15.1% 21.2%
Calhoun 67 15,837 53.2% 18.7% 28.5%
Morrow 68 6,837 34.0% 44.3% 16.5%
LaGrange 69 30,138 50.8% 19.0% 21.1%
Adel 70 5,294 47.1% 32.6% 29.5%
Americus 71 16,557 45.4% 20.4% 15.6%
Newnan 72 34,457 44.4% 40.8% 14.0%
Garden City 73 8,924 58.2% 19.8% 33.3%
Fayetteville 74 16,323 49.2% 43.5% 9.6%
LaFayette 75 7,105 48.2% 33.7% 13.9%
Toccoa 76 8,327 48.8% 21.4% 18.8%
Suwanee 77 16,648 43.6% 49.5% 15.8%
Decatur 78 19,888 48.2% 34.4% 7.0%
Thomaston 79 9,068 51.8% 23.7% 13.1%
Warner Robins 80 71,359 46.5% 21.3% 16.7%
Flowery Branch 81 6,012 51.1% 39.3% 13.7%
Buford 82 12,864 40.2% 32.9% 28.9%
Waynesboro 83 5,820 47.2% 36.2% 16.8%
Port Wentworth 84 6,189 47.0% 52.2% 21.9%
Grovetown 85 12,179 42.0% 19.7% 17.2%
Vidalia 86 10,596 49.1% 18.8% 22.4%
Dunwoody 87 47,182 41.9% 34.6% 12.6%
Johns Creek 88 80,979 37.8% 44.3% 10.3%
Hinesville 89 34,253 43.2% 19.0% 14.7%
Sandy Springs 90 98,480 41.3% 31.2% 16.4%
Jesup 91 10,275 47.2% 25.1% 23.1%
Tifton 92 16,589 38.3% 19.0% 24.1%
Waycross 93 14,363 45.5% 13.0% 20.8%
Bainbridge 94 12,600 46.8% 23.4% 21.0%
Eatonton 95 6,489 49.8% 23.8% 25.4%
Rincon 96 9,273 36.8% 45.5% 17.4%
Milledgeville 97 18,840 58.6% 17.8% 14.6%
Peachtree City 98 34,701 40.1% 44.6% 8.7%
Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) 99 118,514 53.8% 17.3% 16.9%
Richmond Hill 100 10,334 46.4% 50.4% 13.3%
Perry 101 14,714 47.3% 22.8% 17.0%
Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance) 102 196,551 49.9% 18.8% 17.6%
Columbus 103 198,247 49.1% 15.6% 16.4%
Eastman 104 5,442 39.7% 28.4% 16.6%
Camilla 105 5,078 46.3% 20.2% 15.5%
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County unified government 106 11,846 53.2% 9.3% 11.8%
Sandersville 107 5,839 56.6% 19.6% 16.3%
Fitzgerald 108 9,054 44.7% 15.1% 17.3%
Peachtree Corners 109 39,381 43.9% 42.3% 18.6%
St. Marys 110 17,555 44.4% 24.3% 11.8%
Douglas 111 11,738 42.0% 15.9% 24.9%
Dublin 112 16,200 48.9% 17.9% 15.8%
Brookhaven 113 50,181 45.1% 35.4% 22.3%
Cartersville 114 19,858 46.4% 26.4% 17.7%
Jefferson 115 9,630 43.3% 52.1% 10.3%
Alpharetta 116 60,903 33.3% 32.6% 8.4%
Tyrone 117 7,028 38.0% 42.5% 8.5%
Fort Oglethorpe 118 9,368 47.0% 23.4% 13.6%
Braselton 119 8,212 14.5% 44.5% 7.6%
Centerville 120 7,468 36.2% 16.2% 15.0%
Bremen 121 6,204 46.3% 21.5% 12.7%
Glennville 122 5,166 22.7% 34.4% 17.6%
McRae 123 5,762 24.2% 27.7% 11.4%
Milton 124 34,874 27.6% 35.7% 8.2%
Kingsland 125 16,147 42.6% 23.6% 13.7%
Dahlonega 126 5,884 42.3% 19.3% 20.1%
Pooler 127 20,646 34.2% 23.1% 9.8%