You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.
And there are certain places in Iowa 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 Iowa take being stressed to the next level?
It turns out the good people of Anamosa have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Iowa. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Hawkeye State:
Read on to see why these places in Iowa could use a Xanax.
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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 80 places in Iowa with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
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 80 (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 Hawkeye 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 80 places we analyzed.
Population: 5,526People With High Rent: 45.1%
People With Long Commute: 44.3%
People Without Insurance: 7.4%
Population: 7,986People With High Rent: 49.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.2%
People Without Insurance: 17.7%
Population: 5,644People With High Rent: 44.7%
People With Long Commute: 24.4%
People Without Insurance: 12.0%
Population: 206,702People With High Rent: 49.0%
People With Long Commute: 15.5%
People Without Insurance: 10.8%
Population: 24,847People With High Rent: 48.9%
People With Long Commute: 14.2%
People Without Insurance: 11.8%
Population: 62,261People With High Rent: 45.1%
People With Long Commute: 19.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.0%
Population: 5,165People With High Rent: 38.9%
People With Long Commute: 38.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.3%
Population: 7,257People With High Rent: 45.0%
People With Long Commute: 30.2%
People Without Insurance: 8.6%
Population: 15,139People With High Rent: 47.9%
People With Long Commute: 24.7%
People Without Insurance: 9.7%
Population: 7,315People With High Rent: 42.9%
People With Long Commute: 26.6%
People Without Insurance: 9.3%
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