These Are The 10 Stressed Places In New Hampshire

We analyzed over 40 places in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Farmington have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in New Hampshire. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Granite State:

  1. Farmington
  2. Newmarket
  3. Suncook
  4. Hillsborough
  5. Manchester
  6. Milford
  7. Derry
  8. Tilton Northfield
  9. Franklin
  10. Belmont

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

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How We Measured Stress In New Hampshire (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 40 places in New Hampshire with a population over 2,000 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 40 (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 Granite 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 40 places we analyzed.

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1. Farmington

Newmarket, New Hampshire
Population: 3,562 People With High Rent: 71.7%
People With Long Commute: 49.2%
People Without Insurance: 17.8%

2. Newmarket

Newmarket, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,589People With High Rent: 44.7%
People With Long Commute: 31.7%
People Without Insurance: 16.7%

3. Suncook

Suncook, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,017People With High Rent: 58.4%
People With Long Commute: 45.7%
People Without Insurance: 9.3%

4. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,058People With High Rent: 9.3%
People With Long Commute: 56.6%
People Without Insurance: 19.5%

5. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,065People With High Rent: 49.2%
People With Long Commute: 26.2%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

6. Milford

Newmarket, New Hampshire
Population: 8,970 People With High Rent: 56.1%
People With Long Commute: 45.4%
People Without Insurance: 10.9%

7. Derry

Newmarket, New Hampshire
Population: 22,129 People With High Rent: 51.5%
People With Long Commute: 43.3%
People Without Insurance: 11.2%

8. Tilton Northfield

Newmarket, New Hampshire
Population: 3,919 People With High Rent: 44.6%
People With Long Commute: 29.7%
People Without Insurance: 16.5%

9. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,462People With High Rent: 60.2%
People With Long Commute: 37.0%
People Without Insurance: 14.2%

10. Belmont

Newmarket, New Hampshire
Population: 2,066 People With High Rent: 41.4%
People With Long Commute: 35.8%
People Without Insurance: 14.3%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Farmington 1 3,562 71.7% 49.2% 17.8%
Newmarket 2 5,589 44.7% 31.7% 16.7%
Suncook 3 5,017 58.4% 45.7% 9.3%
Hillsborough 4 2,058 9.3% 56.6% 19.5%
Manchester 5 110,065 49.2% 26.2% 13.9%
Milford 6 8,970 56.1% 45.4% 10.9%
Derry 7 22,129 51.5% 43.3% 11.2%
Tilton Northfield 8 3,919 44.6% 29.7% 16.5%
Franklin 9 8,462 60.2% 37.0% 14.2%
Belmont 10 2,066 41.4% 35.8% 14.3%
Nashua 11 86,799 46.9% 34.8% 10.7%
Claremont 12 13,169 50.4% 37.9% 14.6%
Londonderry 13 10,637 46.8% 41.6% 13.1%
East Merrimack 14 3,784 58.7% 33.2% 10.5%
Rochester 15 29,883 52.8% 37.8% 13.9%
Wolfeboro 16 2,679 82.8% 39.8% 7.0%
Hudson 17 7,725 29.5% 36.8% 8.3%
Hooksett 18 4,112 58.7% 30.0% 7.3%
Somersworth 19 11,765 46.9% 29.2% 17.0%
Raymond 20 2,789 27.0% 49.5% 11.8%
Laconia 21 16,007 43.3% 23.8% 14.1%
Durham 22 10,288 70.9% 17.0% 3.7%
Dover 23 30,332 48.5% 22.3% 11.8%
Goffstown 24 3,197 68.1% 46.7% 5.0%
Concord 25 42,514 47.6% 27.0% 11.4%
Hampton 26 9,417 49.4% 27.0% 8.3%
Jaffrey 27 2,421 75.8% 23.2% 11.2%
Pinardville 28 4,601 27.1% 31.8% 4.9%
Exeter 29 9,303 44.4% 31.2% 8.0%
Peterborough 30 2,993 48.5% 29.9% 12.2%
Keene 31 23,281 57.6% 13.6% 9.9%
Littleton 32 4,576 31.5% 14.8% 11.2%
North Conway 33 2,347 59.7% 8.2% 27.1%
Berlin 34 9,710 47.0% 11.3% 12.7%
Portsmouth 35 21,366 40.9% 19.3% 9.2%
Lebanon 36 13,474 50.4% 12.6% 11.7%
Newport 37 4,818 39.6% 31.6% 10.3%
Plymouth 38 3,807 76.3% 14.9% 2.8%
South Hooksett 39 5,378 25.2% 19.1% 9.5%
Hanover 40 8,411 40.3% 4.3% 2.5%

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