These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Mississippi

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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Waveland
  2. Yazoo City
  3. Horn Lake
  4. Columbia
  5. Greenville
  6. Gulfport
  7. Pascagoula
  8. Columbus
  9. Louisville
  10. Jackson

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

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How We Measured Stress In Mississippi (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 61 places in Mississippi 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 61 (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 Magnolia 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 61 places we analyzed.

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1. Waveland

Waveland, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,463People With High Rent: 57.7%
People With Long Commute: 37.6%
People Without Insurance: 33.3%

2. Yazoo City

Yazoo City, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,462People With High Rent: 56.5%
People With Long Commute: 31.6%
People Without Insurance: 18.0%

3. Horn Lake

Horn Lake, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,486People With High Rent: 51.6%
People With Long Commute: 40.7%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%

4. Columbia

Columbia, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,446People With High Rent: 65.7%
People With Long Commute: 32.4%
People Without Insurance: 17.2%

5. Greenville

Greenville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,518People With High Rent: 54.0%
People With Long Commute: 13.0%
People Without Insurance: 21.9%

6. Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,913People With High Rent: 55.9%
People With Long Commute: 20.4%
People Without Insurance: 22.5%

7. Pascagoula

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,239People With High Rent: 52.9%
People With Long Commute: 16.9%
People Without Insurance: 24.0%

8. Columbus

Columbus, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,483People With High Rent: 55.4%
People With Long Commute: 17.6%
People Without Insurance: 22.1%

9. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,498People With High Rent: 57.3%
People With Long Commute: 28.8%
People Without Insurance: 20.0%

10. Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 173,631People With High Rent: 55.9%
People With Long Commute: 20.0%
People Without Insurance: 19.0%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Mississippi

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Waveland 1 6,463 57.7% 37.6% 33.3%
Yazoo City 2 11,462 56.5% 31.6% 18.0%
Horn Lake 3 26,486 51.6% 40.7% 18.4%
Columbia 4 6,446 65.7% 32.4% 17.2%
Greenville 5 33,518 54.0% 13.0% 21.9%
Gulfport 6 69,913 55.9% 20.4% 22.5%
Pascagoula 7 22,239 52.9% 16.9% 24.0%
Columbus 8 23,483 55.4% 17.6% 22.1%
Louisville 9 6,498 57.3% 28.8% 20.0%
Jackson 10 173,631 55.9% 20.0% 19.0%
Indianola 11 10,426 45.7% 24.9% 18.7%
Gautier 12 18,581 46.7% 36.7% 21.6%
Picayune 13 10,838 45.9% 38.0% 21.9%
Greenwood 14 15,873 48.4% 10.6% 19.5%
Moss Point 15 13,690 51.7% 24.1% 19.4%
Holly Springs 16 7,585 45.0% 39.3% 18.3%
McComb 17 12,771 53.8% 18.9% 19.7%
Biloxi 18 44,527 49.5% 15.4% 20.4%
West Point 19 11,200 53.9% 22.4% 17.7%
Laurel 20 18,720 47.7% 19.8% 18.3%
Bay St. Louis 21 10,313 38.6% 30.3% 22.5%
Long Beach 22 15,224 46.1% 23.5% 16.2%
Pearl 23 26,105 50.3% 22.9% 16.7%
Hattiesburg 24 46,629 58.0% 13.5% 17.6%
Vicksburg 25 23,559 51.4% 13.2% 21.8%
Cleveland 26 12,318 50.2% 15.9% 15.1%
Clarksdale 27 17,497 42.6% 18.1% 17.5%
Southaven 28 50,389 43.3% 31.1% 14.4%
Brookhaven 29 12,499 49.6% 21.1% 19.5%
Byram 30 11,609 48.4% 45.4% 12.7%
Philadelphia 31 7,446 43.0% 24.9% 16.6%
Oxford 32 20,200 60.2% 11.5% 15.8%
Kosciusko 33 7,302 41.6% 20.8% 14.2%
Amory 34 7,197 40.0% 31.8% 15.0%
Aberdeen 35 5,492 42.5% 32.2% 14.3%
Corinth 36 14,797 47.7% 13.0% 19.6%
Natchez 37 15,563 41.5% 10.9% 18.8%
Petal 38 10,675 54.3% 20.0% 14.9%
D’Iberville 39 10,161 40.0% 13.0% 21.7%
Starkville 40 24,457 55.6% 17.3% 12.3%
Olive Branch 41 34,543 33.2% 38.2% 12.8%
Meridian 42 40,809 48.3% 16.0% 15.3%
Ripley 43 5,349 41.3% 29.9% 19.2%
Senatobia 44 8,063 43.6% 35.7% 15.1%
New Albany 45 8,291 36.1% 28.3% 18.5%
Canton 46 13,321 38.5% 26.9% 17.6%
Ocean Springs 47 17,446 33.0% 30.7% 14.2%
Madison 48 24,871 49.3% 25.5% 3.5%
Hernando 49 14,723 42.3% 39.6% 8.5%
Diamondhead 50 8,275 37.1% 51.1% 7.0%
Forest 51 5,719 25.1% 21.4% 21.6%
Brandon 52 22,616 34.5% 40.4% 7.8%
Booneville 53 8,775 36.0% 25.8% 16.1%
Tupelo 54 35,345 49.8% 13.0% 13.8%
Clinton 55 25,486 47.4% 25.8% 13.4%
Grenada 56 12,951 51.7% 14.0% 14.6%
Richland 57 7,012 37.7% 35.2% 12.9%
Ridgeland 58 24,209 37.7% 12.8% 10.1%
Pontotoc 59 5,754 14.6% 23.2% 19.3%
Flowood 60 8,218 28.6% 27.4% 11.7%
Batesville 61 7,436 31.5% 20.4% 10.4%