These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Minnesota

We analyzed over 144 places in Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Columbia Heights have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Minnesota. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the North Star State:

  1. Columbia Heights
  2. Spring Lake Park
  3. Brooklyn Center
  4. Brooklyn Park
  5. Big Lake
  6. St. Paul
  7. Richfield
  8. Coon Rapids
  9. West St. Paul
  10. Minneapolis

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

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How We Measured Stress In Minnesota (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 144 places in Minnesota 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 was, the more stressful 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 144 (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 North Star 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 144 places we analyzed.

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1. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,605People With High Rent: 53.2%
People With Long Commute: 31.6%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

2. Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,503People With High Rent: 56.0%
People With Long Commute: 34.5%
People Without Insurance: 10.6%

3. Brooklyn Center


Population: 30,549 People With High Rent: 61.7%
People With Long Commute: 30.7%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

4. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,579People With High Rent: 56.5%
People With Long Commute: 37.3%
People Without Insurance: 12.5%

5. Big Lake

Big Lake, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,230People With High Rent: 67.2%
People With Long Commute: 58.4%
People Without Insurance: 10.6%

6. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 291,728People With High Rent: 51.1%
People With Long Commute: 27.0%
People Without Insurance: 11.6%

7. Richfield

Richfield, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,877People With High Rent: 52.9%
People With Long Commute: 24.3%
People Without Insurance: 14.0%

8. Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,809People With High Rent: 50.6%
People With Long Commute: 41.3%
People Without Insurance: 8.5%

9. West St. Paul

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,690People With High Rent: 52.6%
People With Long Commute: 27.2%
People Without Insurance: 10.3%

10. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 394,424People With High Rent: 48.3%
People With Long Commute: 25.8%
People Without Insurance: 11.7%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Minnesota

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Columbia Heights 1 19,605 53.2% 31.6% 13.9%
Spring Lake Park 2 6,503 56.0% 34.5% 10.6%
Brooklyn Center 3 30,549 61.7% 30.7% 13.9%
Brooklyn Park 4 77,579 56.5% 37.3% 12.5%
Big Lake 5 10,230 67.2% 58.4% 10.6%
St. Paul 6 291,728 51.1% 27.0% 11.6%
Richfield 7 35,877 52.9% 24.3% 14.0%
Coon Rapids 8 61,809 50.6% 41.3% 8.5%
West St. Paul 9 19,690 52.6% 27.2% 10.3%
Minneapolis 10 394,424 48.3% 25.8% 11.7%
New Hope 11 20,648 55.3% 30.8% 9.3%
North St. Paul 12 11,775 53.9% 24.1% 8.2%
South St. Paul 13 20,368 49.9% 24.0% 10.4%
Anoka 14 17,202 56.2% 34.9% 8.7%
Fridley 15 27,494 45.7% 28.7% 12.4%
Robbinsdale 16 14,196 52.9% 27.3% 8.3%
Maplewood 17 39,261 58.0% 30.8% 9.8%
Little Canada 18 10,015 46.0% 26.8% 13.9%
Mounds View 19 12,412 47.3% 30.8% 9.0%
Buffalo 20 15,710 58.1% 46.3% 7.1%
Worthington 21 12,920 46.3% 19.5% 18.4%
Hastings 22 22,355 48.7% 38.2% 7.4%
St. Francis 23 7,297 56.7% 59.9% 8.0%
Austin 24 24,760 53.6% 12.6% 11.7%
Burnsville 25 61,059 44.6% 33.1% 9.7%
Faribault 26 23,460 47.4% 21.3% 13.5%
Zimmerman 27 5,268 46.8% 54.2% 4.6%
North Branch 28 10,099 80.0% 55.8% 10.0%
Sauk Rapids 29 13,079 50.5% 16.0% 8.5%
Crystal 30 22,459 52.6% 28.4% 8.9%
St. Cloud 31 66,038 51.6% 15.5% 10.0%
Oakdale 32 27,705 53.3% 31.2% 6.6%
Brainerd 33 13,521 47.4% 18.4% 12.9%
Bloomington 34 85,136 47.4% 24.1% 7.5%
Blaine 35 59,295 47.8% 41.7% 5.3%
Little Falls 36 8,291 51.7% 25.5% 8.4%
Savage 37 28,055 47.8% 39.0% 6.5%
Apple Valley 38 49,911 46.9% 34.6% 5.8%
St. Paul Park 39 5,327 41.9% 38.6% 5.5%
Willmar 40 19,626 53.8% 11.6% 8.7%
Bemidji 41 14,319 50.4% 13.0% 11.6%
Hopkins 42 17,909 44.3% 21.9% 6.9%
Chisholm 43 5,001 52.8% 14.1% 9.6%
Litchfield 44 6,689 46.3% 24.8% 11.6%
Stillwater 45 18,541 49.2% 35.3% 5.5%
Winona 46 27,526 48.4% 12.2% 9.0%
St. Anthony 47 8,501 40.4% 27.1% 8.0%
Maple Grove 48 64,364 50.8% 39.4% 3.9%
White Bear Lake 49 24,398 51.0% 32.8% 6.6%
Cambridge 50 8,223 52.1% 36.1% 6.2%
Crookston 51 7,899 56.8% 15.1% 6.3%
Jordan 52 5,784 37.2% 40.6% 10.1%
Virginia 53 8,671 56.1% 15.3% 7.7%
Monticello 54 12,974 46.5% 44.5% 6.3%
Shakopee 55 38,613 42.2% 34.8% 7.4%
Mound 56 9,205 38.3% 45.5% 6.7%
Cottage Grove 57 35,169 50.4% 38.8% 6.9%
International Falls 58 6,329 59.9% 7.2% 8.4%
Isanti 59 5,396 44.3% 64.1% 8.0%
Inver Grove Heights 60 34,258 46.3% 25.6% 6.9%
Oak Grove 61 8,145 40.4% 54.7% 8.8%
Waseca 62 9,370 37.3% 19.4% 9.5%
Mankato 63 39,871 54.2% 9.8% 7.0%
Andover 64 31,271 65.1% 47.9% 4.6%
Minnetrista 65 6,661 77.5% 46.3% 7.5%
Champlin 66 23,591 48.7% 39.8% 4.8%
Prior Lake 67 23,956 44.1% 41.5% 6.0%
Duluth 68 86,239 56.9% 11.1% 6.5%
Albertville 69 7,159 29.6% 53.7% 2.9%
Otsego 70 14,257 49.8% 56.2% 5.8%
St. Louis Park 71 46,466 35.9% 21.2% 8.0%
Owatonna 72 25,550 52.5% 13.8% 5.1%
Glencoe 73 5,575 43.0% 28.4% 8.0%
Alexandria 74 11,465 54.4% 7.8% 10.7%
Moorhead 75 39,053 55.0% 8.9% 7.1%
Belle Plaine 76 6,794 36.3% 49.8% 6.0%
Ramsey 77 24,441 44.8% 49.5% 5.4%
Arden Hills 78 9,700 61.7% 21.3% 4.5%
Red Wing 79 16,502 45.9% 21.3% 9.7%
New Brighton 80 21,899 42.3% 25.6% 6.0%
Plymouth 81 72,868 43.7% 30.3% 5.0%
Delano 82 5,598 45.3% 49.4% 4.1%
Waconia 83 11,230 46.2% 40.1% 3.8%
Forest Lake 84 18,933 44.2% 47.1% 5.6%
Albert Lea 85 17,931 41.6% 14.7% 8.9%
Northfield 86 20,303 47.6% 18.9% 5.5%
Cloquet 87 12,064 49.2% 23.0% 7.4%
Roseville 88 34,554 40.3% 26.6% 7.0%
Golden Valley 89 20,683 47.4% 22.0% 4.8%
Chanhassen 90 24,003 61.4% 28.2% 3.7%
Hutchinson 91 13,983 42.7% 19.4% 9.3%
Lakeville 92 57,715 42.6% 38.5% 5.2%
Rosemount 93 22,469 51.4% 40.0% 6.2%
Shoreview 94 25,673 41.8% 32.3% 4.4%
Eagan 95 65,053 36.4% 33.5% 5.1%
Stewartville 96 5,990 52.0% 16.7% 6.3%
Rochester 97 109,252 46.1% 10.1% 6.9%
Hibbing 98 16,330 43.5% 16.3% 9.8%
Falcon Heights 99 5,439 43.2% 23.8% 5.4%
Farmington 100 21,861 41.3% 46.5% 3.9%
Elk River 101 23,346 37.9% 48.6% 6.9%
Shorewood 102 7,438 54.0% 33.6% 3.5%
St. Michael 103 16,767 51.9% 52.3% 3.9%
Eden Prairie 104 62,096 35.6% 25.7% 6.0%
Vadnais Heights 105 12,770 42.3% 30.3% 6.4%
Ham Lake 106 15,565 31.2% 51.7% 5.4%
Chaska 107 24,238 39.5% 34.5% 6.7%
Detroit Lakes 108 8,834 45.2% 17.7% 10.3%
Lake City 109 5,093 41.1% 21.5% 7.5%
Rogers 110 11,747 43.9% 46.3% 3.5%
Minnetonka 111 50,897 36.8% 23.8% 5.4%
Lino Lakes 112 20,671 43.8% 45.8% 3.2%
Waite Park 113 7,391 39.6% 11.9% 7.4%
East Bethel 114 11,614 24.8% 65.6% 4.6%
Edina 115 48,940 38.1% 21.2% 4.0%
New Prague 116 7,434 31.4% 47.4% 4.6%
Woodbury 117 64,544 33.5% 34.4% 4.0%
East Grand Forks 118 8,621 46.9% 8.9% 8.5%
Grand Rapids 119 10,950 45.5% 9.6% 11.3%
Mahtomedi 120 7,923 34.2% 35.5% 3.7%
St. Joseph 121 6,694 54.8% 8.7% 2.3%
Mendota Heights 122 11,131 47.5% 25.2% 2.1%
Fairmont 123 10,474 45.8% 14.9% 7.8%
Redwood Falls 124 5,174 36.9% 12.4% 8.5%
Corcoran 125 5,482 5.6% 39.4% 5.2%
Hermantown 126 9,588 63.6% 10.6% 5.8%
Sartell 127 16,123 42.9% 17.4% 5.7%
North Mankato 128 13,403 42.5% 7.3% 5.2%
Byron 129 5,023 39.6% 13.4% 8.2%
St. Peter 130 11,403 47.6% 11.7% 5.2%
Hugo 131 13,850 39.9% 51.5% 5.1%
Kasson 132 6,017 44.5% 21.1% 3.2%
Victoria 133 7,845 32.7% 41.3% 3.5%
Fergus Falls 134 13,215 42.2% 9.8% 5.6%
Thief River Falls 135 8,662 38.7% 10.6% 7.0%
Montevideo 136 5,283 33.4% 13.3% 9.6%
Wyoming 137 7,764 34.3% 55.6% 3.8%
Marshall 138 13,609 36.8% 8.3% 7.3%
Morris 139 5,324 62.2% 5.9% 4.0%
Medina 140 5,163 24.1% 31.5% 3.5%
New Ulm 141 13,328 40.6% 11.3% 5.3%
Lake Elmo 142 8,123 32.6% 35.2% 2.5%
Baxter 143 7,710 44.8% 10.1% 4.9%
Orono 144 7,690 33.2% 32.1% 3.8%

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