These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Kentucky

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 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:

  1. Bardstown
  2. Covington
  3. Dayton
  4. Newport
  5. Nicholasville
  6. Mayfield
  7. La Grange
  8. Winchester
  9. Shelbyville
  10. Harrodsburg

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

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How We Measured Stress In Kentucky (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 78 places in Kentucky 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 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.

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1. Bardstown

Bardstown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,833People With High Rent: 63.7%
People With Long Commute: 31.6%
People Without Insurance: 16.8%

2. Covington

Covington, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,712People With High Rent: 51.9%
People With Long Commute: 23.9%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%

3. Dayton

Dayton, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,382People With High Rent: 59.2%
People With Long Commute: 24.3%
People Without Insurance: 17.3%

4. Newport

Newport, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,467People With High Rent: 44.2%
People With Long Commute: 22.7%
People Without Insurance: 20.9%

5. Nicholasville

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,483People With High Rent: 43.5%
People With Long Commute: 39.1%
People Without Insurance: 15.4%

6. Mayfield

Mayfield, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,091People With High Rent: 56.3%
People With Long Commute: 23.1%
People Without Insurance: 19.4%

7. La Grange

La Grange, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,283People With High Rent: 52.2%
People With Long Commute: 43.1%
People Without Insurance: 16.2%

8. Winchester

Winchester, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,363People With High Rent: 43.9%
People With Long Commute: 30.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.6%

9. Shelbyville

Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Population: 14,558 People With High Rent: 46.5%
People With Long Commute: 32.3%
People Without Insurance: 21.5%

10. Harrodsburg

Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,359People With High Rent: 54.9%
People With Long Commute: 25.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.6%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Kentucky

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Bardstown 1 12,833 63.7% 31.6% 16.8%
Covington 2 40,712 51.9% 23.9% 18.4%
Dayton 3 5,382 59.2% 24.3% 17.3%
Newport 4 15,467 44.2% 22.7% 20.9%
Nicholasville 5 28,483 43.5% 39.1% 15.4%
Mayfield 6 10,091 56.3% 23.1% 19.4%
La Grange 7 8,283 52.2% 43.1% 16.2%
Winchester 8 18,363 43.9% 30.9% 15.6%
Shelbyville 9 14,558 46.5% 32.3% 21.5%
Harrodsburg 10 8,359 54.9% 25.0% 13.6%
Monticello 11 6,163 48.8% 23.1% 17.4%
Middlesborough 12 10,035 50.6% 19.2% 18.4%
Mount Washington 13 11,956 60.7% 61.4% 5.7%
Paris 14 9,746 48.9% 31.0% 13.9%
Cynthiana 15 6,388 52.8% 23.8% 17.0%
Elsmere 16 8,451 45.3% 28.8% 14.1%
Radcliff 17 22,939 46.7% 24.0% 12.5%
Ashland 18 21,551 46.9% 16.9% 14.5%
Richmond 19 32,706 52.2% 25.8% 15.4%
Versailles 20 8,908 36.7% 27.2% 19.4%
Leitchfield 21 6,781 37.7% 30.8% 19.6%
Mount Sterling 22 7,030 30.5% 27.4% 15.5%
Hillview 23 7,785 35.7% 29.1% 14.0%
Henderson 24 28,840 50.1% 21.6% 13.0%
Campbellsville 25 11,126 48.0% 14.5% 15.7%
Shively 26 15,450 41.1% 24.8% 14.9%
Louisville 27 605,762 46.0% 25.8% 12.8%
Bowling Green 28 60,660 49.9% 11.7% 16.4%
Erlanger 29 18,370 39.4% 24.3% 15.2%
Frankfort 30 27,389 46.8% 14.7% 14.3%
Bellevue 31 5,933 34.1% 26.4% 15.4%
Hopkinsville 32 32,507 44.6% 15.1% 16.4%
Murray 33 18,375 54.4% 12.9% 14.1%
Glasgow 34 14,152 53.5% 16.4% 16.1%
Russellville 35 6,998 59.1% 22.3% 17.9%
Hazard 36 5,453 41.2% 14.1% 17.5%
Elizabethtown 37 29,464 42.0% 26.3% 12.9%
Jeffersontown 38 26,862 44.0% 23.1% 10.8%
Middletown 39 7,333 59.2% 28.0% 7.0%
Shepherdsville 40 11,573 40.7% 34.1% 9.3%
Florence 41 31,038 41.1% 21.8% 12.2%
Lawrenceburg 42 11,014 33.1% 33.8% 12.5%
Franklin 43 8,563 39.5% 20.7% 18.0%
Somerset 44 11,311 56.7% 8.8% 18.9%
Highland Heights 45 7,152 50.1% 15.7% 8.4%
Paducah 46 25,046 45.5% 14.3% 14.4%
Flatwoods 47 7,483 30.0% 23.9% 13.9%
Lyndon 48 11,167 39.2% 21.8% 13.4%
London 49 8,062 38.5% 10.6% 23.3%
Edgewood 50 8,665 66.8% 21.6% 4.9%
Princeton 51 6,274 32.1% 22.8% 17.9%
Owensboro 52 58,000 44.6% 12.7% 12.1%
Oak Grove 53 7,522 45.6% 16.0% 13.7%
Lebanon 54 5,594 61.4% 11.8% 13.3%
Lexington-Fayette 55 304,473 47.9% 18.8% 13.1%
Alexandria 56 8,654 38.3% 45.1% 8.1%
Georgetown 57 30,349 37.7% 22.3% 9.7%
Villa Hills 58 7,359 28.0% 29.8% 4.3%
Corbin 59 7,051 44.0% 11.2% 11.8%
Independence 60 25,638 32.1% 34.2% 7.9%
Danville 61 16,471 46.6% 13.1% 13.0%
Wilmore 62 5,995 40.5% 26.1% 8.9%
Fort Thomas 63 16,250 43.7% 18.2% 6.5%
Vine Grove 64 5,296 23.1% 26.1% 5.9%
Williamsburg 65 5,260 46.4% 12.9% 14.4%
Madisonville 66 19,807 40.4% 17.3% 14.1%
Maysville 67 8,951 39.0% 18.2% 15.2%
Douglass Hills 68 5,566 31.6% 19.3% 12.4%
St. Matthews 69 17,686 33.2% 14.9% 12.6%
Cold Spring 70 6,093 54.0% 22.2% 6.1%
Central City 71 5,932 36.3% 13.3% 15.7%
Berea 72 14,209 46.5% 17.4% 12.9%
Union 73 5,569 0.0% 34.2% 5.3%
Morehead 74 6,896 44.6% 20.3% 11.9%
Taylor Mill 75 6,682 23.9% 24.3% 7.4%
Fort Mitchell 76 8,209 33.4% 14.2% 10.7%
Fort Wright 77 5,726 28.8% 16.7% 6.4%
Pikeville 78 7,313 37.6% 11.3% 11.2%

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