These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Maryland

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 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 Maryland 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 Maryland take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Riverdale Park have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Maryland. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Old Line State:

  1. Riverdale Park
  2. Mount Rainier
  3. New Carrollton
  4. District Heights
  5. Bladensburg
  6. Cheverly
  7. Baltimore
  8. Takoma Park
  9. Hyattsville
  10. College Park

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

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How We Measured Stress In Maryland (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 41 places in Maryland 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 41 (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 Old Line 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 41 places we analyzed.

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1. Riverdale Park

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Population: 7,119People With High Rent: 55.3%
People With Long Commute: 69.3%
People Without Insurance: 32.5%

2. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,277People With High Rent: 55.3%
People With Long Commute: 60.9%
People Without Insurance: 29.0%

3. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,412People With High Rent: 48.5%
People With Long Commute: 62.6%
People Without Insurance: 20.7%

4. District Heights

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Population: 5,977People With High Rent: 51.6%
People With Long Commute: 60.6%
People Without Insurance: 11.2%

5. Bladensburg

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Population: 9,371People With High Rent: 53.6%
People With Long Commute: 56.3%
People Without Insurance: 21.2%

6. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,307People With High Rent: 58.6%
People With Long Commute: 52.6%
People Without Insurance: 10.0%

7. Baltimore

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Population: 622,271People With High Rent: 51.8%
People With Long Commute: 43.1%
People Without Insurance: 11.6%

8. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,307People With High Rent: 42.0%
People With Long Commute: 66.4%
People Without Insurance: 12.3%

9. Hyattsville

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Population: 18,049People With High Rent: 42.1%
People With Long Commute: 61.8%
People Without Insurance: 22.6%

10. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,387People With High Rent: 62.6%
People With Long Commute: 38.7%
People Without Insurance: 8.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Maryland

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Riverdale Park 1 7,119 55.3% 69.3% 32.5%
Mount Rainier 2 8,277 55.3% 60.9% 29.0%
New Carrollton 3 12,412 48.5% 62.6% 20.7%
District Heights 4 5,977 51.6% 60.6% 11.2%
Bladensburg 5 9,371 53.6% 56.3% 21.2%
Cheverly 6 6,307 58.6% 52.6% 10.0%
Baltimore 7 622,271 51.8% 43.1% 11.6%
Takoma Park 8 17,307 42.0% 66.4% 12.3%
Hyattsville 9 18,049 42.1% 61.8% 22.6%
College Park 10 31,387 62.6% 38.7% 8.8%
Laurel 11 25,673 45.1% 53.6% 15.6%
Gaithersburg 12 63,491 49.8% 49.1% 14.7%
Thurmont 13 6,333 61.1% 50.4% 8.2%
Hagerstown 14 40,295 50.8% 28.6% 12.4%
Chesapeake Beach 15 5,816 62.8% 65.6% 4.9%
Greenbelt 16 23,612 47.1% 52.9% 17.2%
Aberdeen 17 15,137 61.8% 29.3% 11.9%
Salisbury 18 31,334 56.6% 21.6% 14.0%
Glenarden 19 6,145 38.2% 49.0% 8.3%
Frederick 20 66,646 49.6% 40.0% 12.3%
Cambridge 21 12,511 53.8% 28.6% 10.3%
Bowie 22 56,335 43.0% 59.7% 7.3%
Taneytown 23 6,738 64.6% 57.4% 6.3%
Rockville 24 63,402 47.4% 50.8% 9.2%
Frostburg 25 8,802 61.5% 10.5% 6.6%
Cumberland 26 20,557 49.5% 13.7% 10.6%
Mount Airy 27 9,333 55.9% 63.8% 4.1%
Easton 28 16,541 61.4% 28.7% 12.3%
Annapolis 29 38,599 44.2% 36.0% 12.0%
Westminster 30 18,656 54.3% 48.7% 7.3%
Elkton 31 15,673 47.6% 35.5% 10.8%
Bel Air 32 10,240 49.9% 47.7% 6.4%
Brunswick 33 6,006 42.6% 59.8% 8.4%
Havre de Grace 34 13,360 46.6% 38.2% 5.5%
Poolesville 35 5,042 61.1% 53.9% 6.6%
Cheste 36 5,221 62.9% 11.2% 4.5%
Ocean City 37 7,093 37.2% 31.1% 9.0%
Hampstead 38 6,342 51.8% 53.1% 1.3%
La Plata 39 8,903 56.6% 43.9% 3.4%
Fruitland 40 5,028 33.6% 13.5% 13.0%
Walkersville 41 5,966 50.7% 38.6% 3.4%