You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.
And there are certain places in Kentucky 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 Kentucky take being stressed to the next level?
It turns out the good people of Bardstown have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Kentucky. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Bluegrass State:
Read on to see why these places in Kentucky 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 78 places in Kentucky with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
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 78 (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 Bluegrass 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 78 places we analyzed.
Population: 12,833People With High Rent: 63.7%
People With Long Commute: 31.6%
People Without Insurance: 16.8%
Population: 40,712People With High Rent: 51.9%
People With Long Commute: 23.9%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%
Population: 5,382People With High Rent: 59.2%
People With Long Commute: 24.3%
People Without Insurance: 17.3%
Population: 15,467People With High Rent: 44.2%
People With Long Commute: 22.7%
People Without Insurance: 20.9%
Population: 28,483People With High Rent: 43.5%
People With Long Commute: 39.1%
People Without Insurance: 15.4%
Population: 10,091People With High Rent: 56.3%
People With Long Commute: 23.1%
People Without Insurance: 19.4%
Population: 8,283People With High Rent: 52.2%
People With Long Commute: 43.1%
People Without Insurance: 16.2%
Population: 18,363People With High Rent: 43.9%
People With Long Commute: 30.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.6%
Population: 14,558 People With High Rent: 46.5%
People With Long Commute: 32.3%
People Without Insurance: 21.5%
Population: 8,359People With High Rent: 54.9%
People With Long Commute: 25.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.6%