These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Nebraska

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Schuyler
  2. Omaha
  3. Crete
  4. Scottsbluff
  5. South Sioux City
  6. Bellevue
  7. Ralston
  8. Fremont
  9. Lexington
  10. Lincoln

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

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How We Measured Stress In Nebraska (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 32 places in Nebraska 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 32 (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 Cornhusker 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 32 places we analyzed.

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1. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,195People With High Rent: 39.8%
People With Long Commute: 15.6%
People Without Insurance: 19.8%

2. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 435,454People With High Rent: 46.8%
People With Long Commute: 15.1%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

3. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,055People With High Rent: 45.2%
People With Long Commute: 21.3%
People Without Insurance: 13.5%

4. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,998People With High Rent: 51.3%
People With Long Commute: 8.1%
People Without Insurance: 16.5%

5. South Sioux City

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,375People With High Rent: 46.8%
People With Long Commute: 8.4%
People Without Insurance: 17.9%

6. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,690People With High Rent: 39.5%
People With Long Commute: 19.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.4%

7. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,826People With High Rent: 51.0%
People With Long Commute: 13.4%
People Without Insurance: 14.7%

8. Fremont

Fremont, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,483People With High Rent: 34.3%
People With Long Commute: 18.6%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

9. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,189People With High Rent: 30.1%
People With Long Commute: 14.7%
People Without Insurance: 16.7%

10. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 265,811People With High Rent: 47.3%
People With Long Commute: 13.6%
People Without Insurance: 10.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Nebraska

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Schuyler 1 6,195 39.8% 15.6% 19.8%
Omaha 2 435,454 46.8% 15.1% 13.9%
Crete 3 7,055 45.2% 21.3% 13.5%
Scottsbluff 4 14,998 51.3% 8.1% 16.5%
South Sioux City 5 13,375 46.8% 8.4% 17.9%
Bellevue 6 52,690 39.5% 19.7% 11.4%
Ralston 7 6,826 51.0% 13.4% 14.7%
Fremont 8 26,483 34.3% 18.6% 13.9%
Lexington 9 10,189 30.1% 14.7% 16.7%
Lincoln 10 265,811 47.3% 13.6% 10.8%
Nebraska City 11 7,279 37.2% 19.3% 11.4%
La Vista 12 17,125 34.0% 16.0% 10.5%
Plattsmouth 13 6,473 40.3% 36.5% 6.7%
Alliance 14 8,501 47.6% 3.6% 11.2%
Grand Island 15 50,059 37.3% 8.3% 17.1%
Gretna 16 5,416 40.5% 24.8% 4.7%
Wayne 17 5,578 39.4% 16.5% 9.3%
Papillion 18 21,100 42.3% 17.2% 4.9%
Hastings 19 25,030 32.9% 11.6% 12.9%
Norfolk 20 24,364 39.2% 8.6% 13.1%
Chadron 21 5,829 51.0% 11.2% 14.7%
Kearney 22 31,759 42.4% 9.5% 8.9%
Blair 23 7,990 37.5% 24.0% 11.6%
Gering 24 8,463 34.3% 10.6% 11.2%
Columbus 25 22,436 30.8% 7.4% 11.1%
Beatrice 26 12,183 37.6% 17.3% 8.5%
North Platte 27 24,532 36.1% 4.6% 11.3%
McCook 28 7,670 41.8% 5.0% 11.1%
Seward 29 7,050 34.1% 29.9% 4.4%
Holdrege 30 5,506 25.7% 11.0% 7.3%
Sidney 31 6,801 36.5% 3.1% 8.7%
York 32 7,878 28.6% 8.4% 9.0%

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