These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Iowa

We analyzed over 80 places in Iowa to identify the ones that are going grey at a young age.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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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 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:

  1. Anamosa
  2. Perry
  3. Red Oak
  4. Des Moines
  5. Ottumwa
  6. Council Bluffs
  7. Winterset
  8. Knoxville
  9. Newton
  10. Washington

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

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How We Measured Stress In Iowa (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 80 places in Iowa 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 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.

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1. Anamosa

Anamosa, Iowa

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,526People With High Rent: 45.1%
People With Long Commute: 44.3%
People Without Insurance: 7.4%

2. Perry

Perry, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,986People With High Rent: 49.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.2%
People Without Insurance: 17.7%

3. Red Oak

Red Oak, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,644People With High Rent: 44.7%
People With Long Commute: 24.4%
People Without Insurance: 12.0%

4. Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 206,702People With High Rent: 49.0%
People With Long Commute: 15.5%
People Without Insurance: 10.8%

5. Ottumwa

Ottumwa, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,847People With High Rent: 48.9%
People With Long Commute: 14.2%
People Without Insurance: 11.8%

6. Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,261People With High Rent: 45.1%
People With Long Commute: 19.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.0%

7. Winterset

Winterset, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,165People With High Rent: 38.9%
People With Long Commute: 38.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.3%

8. Knoxville

Knoxville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,257People With High Rent: 45.0%
People With Long Commute: 30.2%
People Without Insurance: 8.6%

9. Newton

Newton, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,139People With High Rent: 47.9%
People With Long Commute: 24.7%
People Without Insurance: 9.7%

10. Washington

Washington, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,315People With High Rent: 42.9%
People With Long Commute: 26.6%
People Without Insurance: 9.3%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Iowa

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Anamosa 1 5,526 45.1% 44.3% 7.4%
Perry 2 7,986 49.5% 27.2% 17.7%
Red Oak 3 5,644 44.7% 24.4% 12.0%
Des Moines 4 206,702 49.0% 15.5% 10.8%
Ottumwa 5 24,847 48.9% 14.2% 11.8%
Council Bluffs 6 62,261 45.1% 19.0% 13.0%
Winterset 7 5,165 38.9% 38.7% 11.3%
Knoxville 8 7,257 45.0% 30.2% 8.6%
Newton 9 15,139 47.9% 24.7% 9.7%
Washington 10 7,315 42.9% 26.6% 9.3%
Maquoketa 11 6,064 53.8% 25.6% 9.5%
Indianola 12 15,014 48.4% 38.4% 6.3%
Centerville 13 5,480 40.9% 17.5% 13.4%
Burlington 14 25,559 45.2% 9.7% 10.8%
Keokuk 15 10,742 44.0% 14.0% 13.7%
Davenport 16 101,316 44.8% 12.9% 11.4%
Ames 17 61,276 59.0% 15.7% 6.4%
Fort Dodge 18 24,846 44.9% 9.1% 11.4%
Sioux City 19 82,719 47.0% 12.2% 12.9%
Fort Madison 20 10,929 35.2% 17.2% 13.5%
Muscatine 21 23,857 47.9% 13.9% 10.1%
Boone 22 12,619 41.8% 18.8% 10.3%
Mount Pleasant 23 8,682 50.2% 22.3% 10.8%
Estherville 24 6,177 50.4% 10.9% 13.7%
Iowa City 25 70,597 60.6% 13.3% 8.0%
Denison 26 8,370 40.7% 12.5% 16.2%
Marshalltown 27 27,749 39.5% 11.9% 10.5%
Creston 28 7,846 47.6% 11.0% 9.2%
Waterloo 29 68,392 50.7% 8.2% 9.3%
Oskaloosa 30 11,555 40.0% 14.9% 7.8%
Dubuque 31 58,068 50.6% 8.8% 7.2%
Cedar Rapids 32 128,009 42.3% 14.6% 7.7%
Oelwein 33 6,321 41.8% 26.8% 9.5%
Marion 34 35,809 41.1% 15.9% 7.1%
Webster City 35 7,905 47.6% 14.8% 11.7%
Charles City 36 7,562 36.2% 24.4% 8.3%
Fairfield 37 9,615 39.1% 6.0% 15.6%
Nevada 38 6,794 34.1% 19.0% 6.6%
Vinton 39 5,211 38.0% 33.8% 4.7%
Clive 40 16,246 46.8% 11.8% 7.5%
Cedar Falls 41 40,009 55.0% 5.6% 6.1%
De Witt 42 5,297 38.7% 34.2% 6.8%
Altoona 43 15,317 36.0% 23.1% 4.0%
Spencer 44 11,177 46.1% 14.7% 9.5%
Harlan 45 5,047 48.6% 16.1% 9.2%
Coralville 46 19,677 45.1% 18.1% 5.0%
Storm Lake 47 10,743 29.2% 5.4% 12.7%
Glenwood 48 5,253 25.8% 38.0% 6.4%
Shenandoah 49 5,079 30.9% 14.9% 13.5%
Clinton 50 26,611 45.3% 13.8% 8.8%
Eldridge 51 5,908 47.9% 16.8% 5.2%
Hiawatha 52 7,109 29.7% 13.5% 8.4%
Urbandale 53 41,157 38.1% 12.0% 5.7%
Mason City 54 27,775 40.6% 11.8% 9.5%
Grinnell 55 9,136 46.7% 8.5% 5.9%
Bettendorf 56 34,247 44.2% 10.3% 5.3%
Carroll 57 10,051 50.5% 9.3% 4.5%
Ankeny 58 49,488 32.4% 22.5% 3.7%
North Liberty 59 14,503 36.5% 20.1% 4.2%
Waukee 60 15,944 44.5% 17.8% 5.5%
Manchester 61 5,126 33.0% 20.1% 4.9%
West Des Moines 62 59,815 34.8% 8.9% 5.5%
Clarinda 63 5,490 28.5% 10.1% 9.0%
Waverly 64 9,998 41.4% 15.6% 2.7%
Iowa Falls 65 5,193 25.1% 8.3% 9.1%
Pleasant Hill 66 9,011 36.5% 18.3% 6.9%
Le Mars 67 9,783 36.5% 16.7% 5.4%
Independence 68 5,955 31.8% 21.4% 5.7%
Sheldon 69 5,047 42.4% 8.4% 7.5%
Algona 70 5,513 39.1% 11.2% 5.7%
Atlantic 71 6,983 34.6% 14.4% 9.5%
Norwalk 72 9,444 29.6% 19.9% 4.5%
Johnston 73 18,874 33.2% 14.4% 4.6%
Pella 74 10,343 44.1% 7.5% 3.5%
Cherokee 75 5,203 31.4% 8.4% 8.0%
Sioux Center 76 7,218 34.1% 7.2% 9.0%
Orange City 77 6,130 25.8% 6.5% 6.3%
Clear Lake 78 7,718 26.5% 14.6% 6.4%
Decorah 79 8,058 35.8% 4.5% 5.1%
Grimes 80 9,037 26.7% 17.1% 2.4%

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