These Are The 10 Stressed Places In New Jersey

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 New Jersey 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 Jersey take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Guttenberg
  2. Keansburg
  3. West New York
  4. Newark
  5. Union City
  6. Plainfield
  7. East Orange
  8. Roselle
  9. Fairview
  10. South River

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

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How We Measured Stress In New Jersey (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 191 places in New Jersey 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 191 (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 Garden 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 191 places we analyzed.

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1. Guttenberg

Guttenberg, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,397People With High Rent: 59.4%
People With Long Commute: 59.9%
People Without Insurance: 31.6%

2. Keansburg

Keansburg, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,011People With High Rent: 66.6%
People With Long Commute: 56.3%
People Without Insurance: 15.1%

3. West New York

West New York, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,511People With High Rent: 51.5%
People With Long Commute: 60.3%
People Without Insurance: 31.6%

4. Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 278,750People With High Rent: 56.2%
People With Long Commute: 49.6%
People Without Insurance: 26.0%

5. Union City

Union City, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,001People With High Rent: 55.1%
People With Long Commute: 51.1%
People Without Insurance: 34.7%

6. Plainfield

Plainfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,423People With High Rent: 65.0%
People With Long Commute: 46.7%
People Without Insurance: 29.6%

7. East Orange

East Orange, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,538People With High Rent: 55.0%
People With Long Commute: 50.3%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%

8. Roselle

Roselle, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,348People With High Rent: 67.7%
People With Long Commute: 45.0%
People Without Insurance: 19.6%

9. Fairview

Fairview, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,126People With High Rent: 54.0%
People With Long Commute: 62.9%
People Without Insurance: 32.2%

10. South River

South River, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,177People With High Rent: 67.9%
People With Long Commute: 45.5%
People Without Insurance: 20.2%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In New Jersey

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Guttenberg 1 11,397 59.4% 59.9% 31.6%
Keansburg 2 10,011 66.6% 56.3% 15.1%
West New York 3 51,511 51.5% 60.3% 31.6%
Newark 4 278,750 56.2% 49.6% 26.0%
Union City 5 68,001 55.1% 51.1% 34.7%
Plainfield 6 50,423 65.0% 46.7% 29.6%
East Orange 7 64,538 55.0% 50.3% 18.4%
Roselle 8 21,348 67.7% 45.0% 19.6%
Fairview 9 14,126 54.0% 62.9% 32.2%
South River 10 16,177 67.9% 45.5% 20.2%
Cliffside Park 11 24,532 50.0% 57.5% 19.9%
Passaic 12 70,651 62.3% 39.6% 30.2%
Jersey City 13 255,861 45.9% 59.6% 19.1%
Prospect Park 14 5,915 61.3% 39.3% 16.6%
Asbury Park 15 15,933 61.3% 30.0% 27.2%
New Brunswick 16 55,804 64.0% 38.7% 30.1%
Roselle Park 17 13,465 57.4% 42.5% 12.1%
Trenton 18 84,459 59.0% 31.3% 22.9%
Camden 19 77,294 59.6% 33.0% 19.5%
Lindenwold 20 17,512 55.9% 43.3% 23.2%
Harrison 21 14,436 45.1% 48.6% 27.5%
Elizabeth 22 126,964 54.6% 37.7% 27.2%
Rahway 23 27,994 56.8% 42.1% 13.5%
Fort Lee 24 36,048 48.4% 54.4% 15.9%
Union Beach 25 6,040 54.6% 49.4% 16.6%
Carteret 26 23,770 55.0% 40.2% 17.8%
Paterson 27 146,341 62.1% 29.0% 24.6%
Bridgeton 28 25,252 62.5% 35.3% 28.5%
Leonia 29 9,051 58.7% 51.6% 21.3%
Long Branch 30 30,590 56.8% 38.3% 25.7%
Garfield 31 30,996 58.8% 35.9% 25.7%
Palisades Park 32 20,066 47.0% 49.4% 35.5%
Ventnor City 33 10,632 60.8% 34.1% 17.5%
Penns Grove 34 5,082 57.3% 24.7% 23.9%
Kearny 35 41,538 46.5% 44.5% 23.0%
Jamesburg 36 5,963 57.9% 40.6% 13.2%
Hopatcong 37 14,921 57.4% 53.9% 12.4%
Stratford 38 6,997 55.5% 43.1% 12.5%
Berlin 39 7,587 65.9% 53.1% 10.0%
Freehold 40 12,018 67.4% 32.7% 29.4%
Wildwood 41 5,255 64.2% 13.4% 18.9%
Palmyra 42 7,372 67.4% 39.5% 9.8%
Bayonne 43 64,763 44.2% 52.5% 16.0%
Paulsboro 44 6,041 72.9% 29.4% 13.9%
Edgewater 45 11,969 44.8% 74.2% 12.4%
Haledon 46 8,397 59.1% 29.0% 16.5%
Wanaque 47 11,243 57.9% 50.7% 10.8%
Little Ferry 48 10,773 50.7% 46.5% 24.5%
Red Bank 49 12,250 51.7% 34.1% 23.0%
Pine Hill 50 10,383 63.8% 48.6% 12.3%
Washington 51 6,439 53.1% 51.1% 13.8%
Lodi 52 24,428 53.3% 35.2% 17.5%
Atlantic City 53 39,521 60.2% 19.9% 22.1%
Bogota 54 8,277 46.1% 43.0% 15.4%
Pleasantville 55 20,436 61.4% 19.5% 21.0%
Ridgefield 56 11,191 47.7% 42.4% 19.9%
Bergenfield 57 27,157 50.5% 48.4% 13.1%
Mil 58 6,974 45.8% 44.3% 13.4%
Hackensack 59 43,903 51.2% 41.0% 19.8%
Phillipsburg 60 14,717 51.5% 37.4% 13.3%
Emerson 61 7,538 69.9% 48.8% 5.2%
North Plainfield 62 22,056 44.0% 45.3% 21.6%
Runnemede 63 8,435 54.5% 39.2% 10.4%
Linden 64 41,054 47.4% 40.3% 17.3%
Englewood 65 27,435 48.8% 50.7% 14.9%
Newton 66 7,999 68.3% 41.0% 11.8%
Mount Arlington 67 5,140 64.7% 54.4% 5.3%
Woodbury 68 10,098 53.7% 37.9% 11.3%
Wallington 69 11,487 48.5% 40.1% 22.1%
Clifton 70 85,138 51.9% 37.5% 16.3%
Belmar 71 5,760 46.2% 31.9% 18.0%
Manville 72 10,426 49.1% 34.3% 15.8%
Somerdale 73 5,246 61.6% 36.4% 10.2%
Hight 74 5,557 47.7% 38.9% 20.9%
Hasbrouck Heights 75 11,989 46.6% 44.0% 9.6%
Perth Amboy 76 51,727 55.2% 32.1% 29.2%
Keyport 77 7,213 48.6% 44.8% 16.8%
Ridgefield Park 78 12,875 49.4% 46.3% 14.2%
Caldwell 79 7,864 51.5% 41.4% 6.2%
Dover 80 18,298 49.2% 30.1% 36.0%
Fanwood 81 7,475 52.3% 53.9% 4.4%
Bound Brook 82 10,607 46.7% 36.4% 30.1%
Burlington 83 9,865 52.4% 36.6% 12.4%
Wharton 84 6,586 49.1% 35.1% 23.4%
Salem 85 5,045 62.6% 35.1% 9.3%
Hackett 86 9,633 47.6% 43.6% 19.1%
Clayton 87 8,225 53.6% 51.0% 14.9%
Gloucester City 88 11,392 48.8% 28.9% 14.1%
Middlesex 89 13,766 56.2% 38.7% 10.5%
Tenafly 90 14,672 46.6% 60.2% 9.3%
Rutherford 91 18,297 37.0% 49.4% 10.4%
North Haledon 92 8,478 72.0% 30.9% 9.5%
North Arlington 93 15,587 43.8% 50.4% 8.4%
Dumont 94 17,706 47.9% 46.2% 8.4%
Highland Park 95 14,224 49.6% 36.5% 8.9%
Point Pleasant 96 18,481 48.2% 40.8% 8.5%
South Amboy 97 8,749 37.4% 44.5% 9.5%
Barrington 98 6,904 53.4% 33.1% 8.0%
Pompton Lakes 99 11,162 51.7% 38.4% 9.7%
Closter 100 8,519 40.9% 49.0% 10.5%
Glen Ridge 101 7,606 54.3% 55.3% 3.0%
Sayreville 102 43,962 44.6% 49.2% 10.5%
Bellmawr 103 11,538 44.6% 29.9% 13.2%
New Milford 104 16,524 39.8% 45.8% 9.5%
Millville 105 28,603 58.6% 27.0% 13.5%
Butler 106 7,636 38.1% 44.3% 17.0%
Cresskill 107 8,669 54.8% 50.0% 5.7%
Hoboken 108 51,979 31.8% 74.6% 5.6%
Matawan 109 8,759 40.4% 52.4% 7.2%
Elmwood Park 110 19,921 48.0% 33.6% 12.8%
Collingswood 111 13,929 47.0% 39.2% 9.7%
Glassboro 112 18,798 59.9% 38.6% 6.7%
Vineland 113 60,985 58.4% 29.0% 13.5%
Hawthorne 114 18,944 48.4% 28.9% 9.9%
Carlstadt 115 6,189 45.5% 43.1% 15.3%
Secaucus 116 17,614 36.3% 48.7% 10.4%
Bloomingdale 117 7,808 53.4% 35.6% 12.3%
Oradell 118 8,080 67.7% 39.2% 4.7%
Metuchen 119 13,707 42.9% 51.0% 7.0%
Fair Lawn 120 32,962 42.3% 43.2% 6.3%
Somers Point 121 10,783 57.3% 29.7% 13.5%
Paramus 122 26,612 68.7% 41.5% 8.1%
Spotswood 123 8,359 52.8% 42.4% 8.0%
Dunellen 124 7,317 43.5% 38.4% 13.6%
Morri 125 18,580 44.6% 28.5% 21.6%
River Edge 126 11,483 38.6% 46.9% 9.4%
Norwood 127 5,769 54.1% 54.7% 7.1%
Pitman 128 8,959 50.7% 34.6% 7.0%
Tinton Falls 129 17,933 70.3% 37.8% 5.5%
Audubon 130 8,763 49.8% 29.3% 6.0%
South Plainfield 131 23,686 40.5% 43.4% 10.2%
Wood-Ridge 132 8,249 38.0% 36.3% 10.4%
Beachwood 133 11,127 49.1% 35.7% 9.5%
Eato 134 12,323 48.0% 25.5% 17.4%
Absecon 135 8,400 74.2% 19.5% 7.6%
Somerville 136 12,175 43.9% 28.4% 13.5%
Allendale 137 6,666 47.4% 49.4% 3.2%
Westfield 138 30,647 40.9% 48.8% 3.7%
Watchung 139 5,855 69.3% 46.0% 8.8%
Glen Rock 140 11,784 49.6% 45.5% 3.3%
Ridgewood 141 25,270 42.4% 48.1% 5.2%
Brigantine 142 9,420 58.4% 26.8% 10.5%
Westwood 143 11,056 46.0% 40.3% 7.6%
Woodland Park 144 12,129 39.9% 28.0% 12.3%
Maywood 145 9,651 38.7% 33.1% 8.9%
Old Tappan 146 5,835 52.5% 48.7% 4.3%
Hammonton 147 14,796 47.3% 38.6% 12.8%
Boonton 148 8,424 34.8% 29.8% 11.7%
Haddon Heights 149 7,425 46.5% 35.1% 5.0%
Englewood Cliffs 150 5,346 43.8% 51.5% 6.3%
Midland Park 151 7,229 50.3% 35.2% 8.9%
Little Silver 152 5,920 60.0% 43.3% 5.7%
Park Ridge 153 8,763 41.8% 39.0% 4.4%
Oceanport 154 5,834 38.0% 27.9% 11.6%
Manasquan 155 5,841 37.0% 47.0% 7.5%
Chatham 156 9,000 39.8% 47.2% 7.3%
Summit 157 21,826 40.3% 44.5% 6.6%
Northfield 158 8,616 57.3% 14.5% 6.4%
Montvale 159 8,000 56.3% 39.7% 5.9%
Margate City 160 6,343 42.1% 24.7% 7.3%
Kenilworth 161 8,045 43.9% 34.8% 4.9%
Waldwick 162 9,808 45.8% 37.1% 4.6%
Totowa 163 10,872 36.2% 33.6% 6.1%
East Rutherford 164 9,298 28.4% 40.6% 14.6%
Morris Plains 165 5,635 47.8% 40.4% 4.4%
Hillsdale 166 10,381 52.2% 36.7% 4.6%
Raritan 167 7,318 40.4% 27.9% 11.9%
West Long Branch 168 8,391 52.2% 22.8% 8.1%
Ringwood 169 12,320 43.9% 56.1% 4.9%
Princeton 170 28,940 37.9% 25.9% 4.8%
Oakland 171 12,914 53.4% 37.5% 7.3%
Madison 172 16,043 47.2% 33.1% 3.6%
Kinnelon 173 10,349 35.0% 50.9% 2.4%
New Providence 174 12,314 43.4% 41.7% 4.6%
Ramsey 175 14,650 47.3% 41.6% 3.7%
Ocean City 176 11,520 50.7% 31.4% 9.1%
Mountainside 177 6,765 21.5% 52.7% 2.7%
Rockaway 178 6,480 41.6% 35.1% 7.2%
Franklin Lakes 179 10,726 42.8% 47.7% 3.8%
Woodcliff Lake 180 5,785 50.0% 42.7% 2.6%
Bernardsville 181 7,766 49.8% 37.9% 8.3%
Haddonfield 182 11,521 45.0% 32.0% 3.6%
Fair Haven 183 6,093 30.2% 42.2% 2.4%
Mendham 184 5,008 49.8% 39.4% 3.4%
Roseland 185 5,835 41.3% 42.5% 3.5%
Upper Saddle River 186 8,304 19.3% 43.1% 3.9%
Lincoln Park 187 10,515 43.3% 32.7% 6.2%
North Caldwell 188 6,407 16.7% 48.7% 1.9%
Linwood 189 7,071 35.1% 20.3% 6.9%
Florham Park 190 11,820 47.2% 36.6% 2.5%
Rumson 191 7,045 37.1% 40.7% 2.8%