These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Missouri

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 Missouri 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 Missouri take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Jennings have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Missouri. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Show Me State:

  1. Jennings
  2. St. Louis
  3. Dellwood
  4. Ferguson
  5. Bellefontaine Neighbors
  6. Berkeley
  7. Black Jack
  8. St. Ann
  9. Charleston
  10. Grandview

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

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How We Measured Stress In Missouri (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 128 places in Missouri 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 128 (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 Show Me 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 128 places we analyzed.

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1. Jennings

Jennings, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,730People With High Rent: 69.2%
People With Long Commute: 44.4%
People Without Insurance: 17.6%

2. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 318,727People With High Rent: 51.6%
People With Long Commute: 28.7%
People Without Insurance: 17.8%

3. Dellwood

Dellwood, Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,010People With High Rent: 65.4%
People With Long Commute: 23.8%
People Without Insurance: 14.5%

4. Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,151People With High Rent: 53.6%
People With Long Commute: 37.1%
People Without Insurance: 14.3%

5. Bellefontaine Neighbors

Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,823People With High Rent: 55.3%
People With Long Commute: 30.6%
People Without Insurance: 16.5%

6. Berkeley

Berkeley, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,120People With High Rent: 55.9%
People With Long Commute: 27.2%
People Without Insurance: 21.8%

7. Black Jack


Population: 6,924 People With High Rent: 60.4%
People With Long Commute: 45.7%
People Without Insurance: 8.4%

8. St. Ann

St. Ann, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,988People With High Rent: 52.1%
People With Long Commute: 27.9%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

9. Charleston

Charleston, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,905People With High Rent: 57.2%
People With Long Commute: 15.9%
People Without Insurance: 25.4%

10. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,860People With High Rent: 46.4%
People With Long Commute: 29.2%
People Without Insurance: 23.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Missouri

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Jennings 1 14,730 69.2% 44.4% 17.6%
St. Louis 2 318,727 51.6% 28.7% 17.8%
Dellwood 3 5,010 65.4% 23.8% 14.5%
Ferguson 4 21,151 53.6% 37.1% 14.3%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 5 10,823 55.3% 30.6% 16.5%
Berkeley 6 9,120 55.9% 27.2% 21.8%
Black Jack 7 6,924 60.4% 45.7% 8.4%
St. Ann 8 12,988 52.1% 27.9% 13.9%
Charleston 9 5,905 57.2% 15.9% 25.4%
Grandview 10 24,860 46.4% 29.2% 23.8%
Harrisonville 11 10,019 54.6% 35.0% 16.2%
Cameron 12 10,008 44.6% 22.1% 21.2%
Sullivan 13 7,058 57.9% 30.6% 12.9%
Independence 14 117,160 48.0% 32.6% 15.1%
Maplewood 15 7,987 46.5% 18.6% 15.2%
Pevely 16 5,566 41.3% 50.5% 13.5%
Belton 17 23,197 37.9% 41.3% 14.7%
Kennett 18 11,002 49.5% 20.7% 14.9%
Kansas City 19 465,005 47.7% 24.3% 16.4%
Florissant 20 52,353 43.5% 35.2% 11.0%
Festus 21 11,740 45.3% 44.8% 8.7%
Hazelwood 22 25,671 48.5% 23.8% 12.4%
De Soto 23 6,449 46.3% 36.2% 13.0%
Nixa 24 19,821 49.1% 32.2% 12.7%
Carthage 25 14,281 51.3% 12.8% 26.1%
Pacific 26 6,047 48.4% 41.6% 13.5%
Springfield 27 162,333 52.1% 11.6% 17.5%
Marshfield 28 6,789 41.9% 46.1% 11.2%
St. John 29 6,486 43.3% 16.1% 18.9%
Ozark 30 18,369 47.3% 29.9% 15.3%
Raytown 31 29,520 44.6% 28.9% 15.1%
Aurora 32 7,475 38.6% 25.1% 17.0%
Oak Grove 33 7,747 45.9% 47.5% 12.6%
Odessa 34 5,237 51.6% 51.6% 6.2%
Warrenton 35 7,974 41.5% 36.9% 16.4%
University City 36 35,226 48.3% 18.0% 11.1%
Sedalia 37 21,429 54.9% 13.3% 16.3%
Poplar Bluff 38 17,190 55.0% 9.6% 15.7%
Troy 39 11,015 44.9% 49.6% 9.3%
Overland 40 16,043 35.2% 23.6% 17.8%
Bolivar 41 10,443 52.6% 19.3% 11.5%
Lebanon 42 14,595 46.7% 21.9% 16.9%
Caruthersville 43 6,086 42.8% 11.9% 22.5%
Arnold 44 21,020 40.6% 46.5% 8.8%
Ellisville 45 9,162 56.7% 37.6% 4.7%
St. Joseph 46 77,040 48.3% 11.7% 14.5%
Union 47 10,517 41.0% 27.3% 13.0%
Gladstone 48 26,032 43.3% 24.2% 11.1%
Richmond 49 5,702 54.5% 37.4% 8.5%
Valley Park 50 6,980 46.0% 33.1% 11.5%
Carl Junction 51 7,511 65.0% 22.5% 10.5%
Bonne Terre 52 7,025 26.2% 36.1% 10.8%
Excelsior Springs 53 11,391 28.9% 44.6% 16.9%
Willard 54 5,395 50.8% 35.9% 10.9%
Joplin 55 50,900 46.0% 11.6% 16.6%
Warrensburg 56 19,548 56.8% 17.9% 10.8%
Farmington 57 17,213 39.2% 19.1% 12.6%
Moberly 58 13,898 48.1% 24.1% 13.4%
Dexter 59 7,902 39.0% 25.8% 13.0%
Branson 60 10,942 53.3% 11.5% 26.4%
Maryville 61 12,018 56.6% 8.8% 11.4%
Grain Valley 62 13,037 37.2% 42.3% 11.1%
Liberty 63 29,806 44.6% 31.5% 11.6%
Bridgeton 64 11,654 53.8% 18.1% 12.5%
Bowling Green 65 5,452 57.5% 19.6% 10.4%
Monett 66 8,935 33.2% 14.0% 19.3%
St. Charles 67 66,900 44.5% 24.7% 10.3%
Blue Springs 68 53,053 40.5% 36.3% 10.0%
Lee’s Summit 69 92,813 49.2% 37.7% 6.2%
Webb City 70 10,985 49.2% 11.4% 13.9%
Greenwood 71 5,322 40.4% 48.3% 8.8%
Boonville 72 8,320 40.6% 28.2% 12.7%
Raymore 73 19,576 52.5% 43.3% 7.1%
Pleasant Hill 74 8,173 44.8% 47.3% 9.6%
Clinton 75 9,014 46.1% 17.6% 16.1%
Rolla 76 19,808 49.4% 15.3% 11.7%
Webster Groves 77 23,084 60.3% 19.1% 3.9%
Ballwin 78 30,478 40.2% 37.5% 7.3%
Neosho 79 12,038 48.4% 23.0% 19.9%
St. Peters 80 54,236 42.0% 33.3% 6.3%
Republic 81 15,222 45.8% 28.1% 11.7%
O’Fallon 82 81,978 41.3% 41.2% 6.8%
Olivette 83 7,809 39.4% 22.2% 10.4%
Wentzville 84 31,591 45.2% 46.3% 5.5%
Lake St. Louis 85 14,759 33.3% 39.0% 8.5%
Cape Girardeau 86 38,665 49.2% 10.5% 11.6%
Macon 87 5,476 36.2% 21.4% 13.9%
Jackson 88 14,221 45.7% 20.4% 11.5%
Mexico 89 11,555 42.4% 16.8% 13.1%
Hannibal 90 17,779 43.6% 15.6% 14.6%
Battlefield 91 5,759 46.3% 24.6% 8.4%
Fulton 92 12,791 39.5% 17.9% 12.3%
Chesterfield 93 47,651 47.0% 29.0% 4.5%
Dardenne Prairie 94 12,116 22.3% 41.7% 1.3%
Maryland Heights 95 27,420 28.4% 23.3% 12.9%
Nevada 96 8,318 50.1% 11.5% 15.6%
Eureka 97 10,375 37.4% 52.9% 5.8%
West Plains 98 12,176 48.6% 12.5% 11.7%
Kirksville 99 17,578 57.6% 11.0% 10.6%
Crestwood 100 11,934 32.6% 25.0% 4.6%
Sunset Hills 101 8,523 59.5% 29.6% 7.6%
Weldon Spring 102 5,496 82.7% 36.4% 2.6%
Kirkwood 103 27,587 46.6% 20.0% 3.7%
Columbia 104 113,155 53.0% 12.1% 8.6%
Marshall 105 13,059 47.1% 12.1% 10.3%
Sikeston 106 16,642 41.8% 13.9% 12.1%
Park Hills 107 8,714 48.9% 21.1% 11.5%
Shrewsbury 108 6,217 36.6% 21.0% 5.3%
Richmond Heights 109 8,526 45.8% 14.7% 7.3%
Trenton 110 6,058 49.0% 15.1% 14.7%
Manchester 111 18,125 31.2% 28.8% 6.9%
Savannah 112 5,101 36.0% 19.1% 7.1%
Smithville 113 8,791 45.8% 49.6% 4.4%
Parkville 114 5,811 62.5% 27.5% 4.5%
Washington 115 13,982 34.1% 26.3% 8.0%
Chillicothe 116 8,528 42.1% 13.3% 12.3%
Waynesville 117 5,147 30.1% 6.6% 8.7%
Perryville 118 8,280 44.6% 18.6% 7.9%
Jefferson City 119 43,184 39.2% 11.9% 10.5%
Clayton 120 15,912 33.4% 12.1% 1.9%
Glendale 121 5,926 24.6% 18.7% 1.6%
Brentwood 122 8,048 24.3% 16.5% 5.4%
Kearney 123 8,845 37.0% 33.8% 5.9%
Creve Coeur 124 17,841 30.0% 20.0% 1.7%
Wildwood 125 35,701 31.4% 45.9% 3.4%
Des Peres 126 8,443 21.8% 17.6% 2.8%
Town and Country 127 10,890 22.9% 22.7% 0.9%
Ladue 128 8,549 18.0% 11.9% 0.3%