These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Louisiana

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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Jeanerette
  2. Walker
  3. Kenner
  4. Gretna
  5. Bastrop
  6. Bogalusa
  7. Westwego
  8. Hammond
  9. New Orleans
  10. Baker

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

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How We Measured Stress In Louisiana (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 64 places in Louisiana 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 64 (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 Pelican 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 64 places we analyzed.

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1. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,547People With High Rent: 48.4%
People With Long Commute: 30.0%
People Without Insurance: 23.1%

2. Walker

walker

Population: 6,176People With High Rent: 43.9%
People With Long Commute: 62.4%
People Without Insurance: 26.6%

3. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,926People With High Rent: 50.5%
People With Long Commute: 34.6%
People Without Insurance: 22.1%

4. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,801People With High Rent: 51.3%
People With Long Commute: 31.0%
People Without Insurance: 21.1%

5. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,075People With High Rent: 45.0%
People With Long Commute: 39.1%
People Without Insurance: 27.8%

6. Bogalusa

Bogalusa, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,071People With High Rent: 57.6%
People With Long Commute: 26.4%
People Without Insurance: 18.7%

7. Westwego

Westwego, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,531People With High Rent: 49.3%
People With Long Commute: 27.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.5%

8. Hammond

Hammond, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,207People With High Rent: 55.2%
People With Long Commute: 29.1%
People Without Insurance: 20.1%

9. New Orleans

new orleans

Population: 368,471People With High Rent: 55.2%
People With Long Commute: 28.9%
People Without Insurance: 17.8%

10. Baker

baker

Population: 13,838People With High Rent: 54.7%
People With Long Commute: 41.4%
People Without Insurance: 17.4%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Louisiana

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Jeanerette 1 5,547 48.4% 30.0% 23.1%
Walker 2 6,176 43.9% 62.4% 26.6%
Kenner 3 66,926 50.5% 34.6% 22.1%
Gretna 4 17,801 51.3% 31.0% 21.1%
Bastrop 5 11,075 45.0% 39.1% 27.8%
Bogalusa 6 12,071 57.6% 26.4% 18.7%
Westwego 7 8,531 49.3% 27.9% 15.5%
Hammond 8 20,207 55.2% 29.1% 20.1%
New Orleans 9 368,471 55.2% 28.9% 17.8%
Baker 10 13,838 54.7% 41.4% 17.4%
Tallulah 11 7,267 46.5% 11.3% 36.9%
Abbeville 12 12,341 43.3% 32.8% 19.0%
Mansfield 13 5,012 51.6% 38.6% 17.1%
Slidell 14 27,372 52.8% 41.2% 17.2%
Donaldsonville 15 7,507 54.1% 46.2% 13.9%
Denham Springs 16 10,148 39.7% 42.4% 20.7%
Ville Platte 17 7,336 62.1% 21.8% 17.2%
Franklin 18 7,483 52.1% 25.0% 20.0%
Opelousas 19 16,668 55.7% 20.9% 19.5%
Gonzales 20 10,137 53.8% 30.4% 21.3%
Crowley 21 13,219 40.9% 21.9% 18.9%
Monroe 22 49,455 51.9% 9.5% 26.5%
Mandeville 23 12,102 52.3% 36.3% 17.6%
Grambling 24 5,015 48.8% 16.3% 30.7%
Springhill 25 5,239 43.9% 30.4% 21.6%
Richwood 26 5,846 56.7% 12.6% 32.4%
Breaux Bridge 27 8,232 53.0% 31.1% 15.5%
Baton Rouge 28 229,353 53.5% 22.1% 16.4%
New Iberia 29 30,750 41.4% 19.6% 17.4%
Jennings 30 10,265 49.3% 29.7% 17.3%
West Monroe 31 13,073 54.5% 18.2% 22.0%
Thibodaux 32 14,570 47.7% 30.8% 17.0%
Rayne 33 7,984 33.0% 37.1% 20.4%
Natchitoches 34 18,460 59.9% 11.4% 21.4%
Alexandria 35 47,983 56.2% 12.6% 16.6%
Eunice 36 10,325 39.8% 28.5% 20.9%
Minden 37 12,988 46.1% 22.9% 21.2%
DeRidder 38 10,846 44.9% 30.8% 17.5%
Ruston 39 22,149 55.2% 17.5% 17.2%
St. Martinville 40 6,109 53.5% 19.8% 15.2%
Covington 41 9,151 54.4% 33.2% 17.2%
Shreveport 42 200,692 48.4% 15.1% 18.0%
Lake Charles 43 73,503 46.7% 11.7% 17.4%
Morgan City 44 12,153 34.3% 12.5% 20.3%
Lafayette 45 123,528 47.5% 18.6% 17.4%
Carencro 46 8,084 30.1% 33.2% 19.6%
Houma 47 33,807 38.7% 21.3% 16.9%
Marksville 48 5,635 46.3% 15.1% 25.8%
Patterson 49 6,100 33.9% 21.5% 15.8%
Harahan 50 9,324 49.6% 27.9% 12.7%
Sulphur 51 20,275 45.9% 10.2% 16.6%
Ponchatoula 52 6,751 42.2% 33.8% 11.1%
Leesville 53 6,656 36.7% 13.3% 19.3%
Port Allen 54 5,150 43.8% 18.6% 19.1%
Bossier City 55 64,895 46.8% 13.8% 14.8%
Central 56 27,505 48.5% 46.3% 9.4%
Zachary 57 15,579 44.1% 48.2% 9.0%
Plaquemine 58 7,055 25.5% 35.4% 12.2%
St. Gabriel 59 6,796 25.0% 37.3% 13.7%
Pineville 60 14,486 37.8% 8.1% 16.5%
Oakdale 61 7,741 30.0% 28.4% 13.6%
Scott 62 8,775 39.2% 26.6% 12.4%
Broussard 63 9,041 42.4% 24.2% 11.4%
Youngsville 64 9,358 6.8% 22.6% 6.6%