These Are The 10 Stressed Places In North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Selma have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in North Carolina. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Tar Heel State:

  1. Selma
  2. Roxboro
  3. Siler City
  4. Bessemer City
  5. Henderson
  6. Pineville
  7. Monroe
  8. Gastonia
  9. Elizabeth City
  10. Lincolnton

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

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How We Measured Stress In North Carolina (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 132 places in North Carolina 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 132 (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 Tar Heel 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 132 places we analyzed.

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1. Selma

Selma, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,172People With High Rent: 56.8%
People With Long Commute: 50.5%
People Without Insurance: 32.9%

2. Roxboro

Roxboro, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,330People With High Rent: 61.3%
People With Long Commute: 31.3%
People Without Insurance: 24.3%

3. Siler City

Siler City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,109People With High Rent: 46.9%
People With Long Commute: 41.8%
People Without Insurance: 28.7%

4. Bessemer City

Bessemer City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,410People With High Rent: 57.4%
People With Long Commute: 33.0%
People Without Insurance: 27.7%

5. Henderson

Henderson, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,325People With High Rent: 58.1%
People With Long Commute: 22.9%
People Without Insurance: 19.1%

6. Pineville

Pineville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,855People With High Rent: 60.9%
People With Long Commute: 35.1%
People Without Insurance: 24.7%

7. Monroe

Monroe, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,588People With High Rent: 54.3%
People With Long Commute: 35.4%
People Without Insurance: 25.1%

8. Gastonia

Gastonia, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,664People With High Rent: 54.9%
People With Long Commute: 31.5%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%

9. Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,343People With High Rent: 54.9%
People With Long Commute: 20.3%
People Without Insurance: 21.5%

10. Lincolnton

Lincolnton, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,601People With High Rent: 52.8%
People With Long Commute: 32.9%
People Without Insurance: 17.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In North Carolina

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Selma 1 6,172 56.8% 50.5% 32.9%
Roxboro 2 8,330 61.3% 31.3% 24.3%
Siler City 3 8,109 46.9% 41.8% 28.7%
Bessemer City 4 5,410 57.4% 33.0% 27.7%
Henderson 5 15,325 58.1% 22.9% 19.1%
Pineville 6 7,855 60.9% 35.1% 24.7%
Monroe 7 33,588 54.3% 35.4% 25.1%
Gastonia 8 72,664 54.9% 31.5% 18.4%
Elizabeth City 9 18,343 54.9% 20.3% 21.5%
Lincolnton 10 10,601 52.8% 32.9% 17.8%
Eden 11 15,543 48.0% 33.3% 18.5%
Kannapolis 12 43,865 46.4% 33.2% 19.9%
Wadesboro 13 5,711 44.8% 34.0% 24.2%
Carolina Beach 14 5,888 44.9% 40.0% 17.5%
Thomasville 15 27,042 46.8% 28.8% 18.3%
Dunn 16 9,570 48.1% 25.5% 20.8%
Charlotte 17 774,807 47.0% 32.0% 17.3%
Fuquay-Varina 18 20,246 43.7% 53.2% 16.7%
Lexington 19 19,029 44.7% 29.2% 22.7%
Asheboro 20 25,573 49.2% 24.7% 22.6%
Indian Trail 21 34,950 49.9% 46.4% 14.5%
Ayden 22 5,018 44.0% 24.3% 24.1%
Statesville 23 25,132 53.9% 23.0% 18.8%
High Point 24 106,797 50.2% 20.6% 17.8%
Burlington 25 51,740 52.6% 22.7% 17.7%
Wilson 26 49,389 50.6% 19.4% 17.6%
Rocky Mount 27 57,071 56.5% 19.1% 15.7%
Smithfield 28 11,357 51.5% 28.8% 20.0%
Lenoir 29 18,061 58.2% 25.5% 16.4%
Shelby 30 20,283 60.5% 23.4% 16.4%
Concord 31 82,266 44.2% 36.1% 15.9%
Albemarle 32 15,924 55.2% 26.8% 17.5%
Salisbury 33 33,524 49.3% 21.2% 16.5%
Matthews 34 28,677 56.9% 41.5% 10.0%
Graham 35 14,384 44.8% 24.6% 22.8%
Hamlet 36 6,566 41.3% 23.6% 18.7%
Clayton 37 17,274 48.9% 41.1% 14.1%
Sanford 38 28,798 43.0% 29.8% 20.4%
Boiling Spring Lakes 39 5,529 57.4% 39.1% 18.1%
Stallings 40 14,185 54.9% 47.6% 9.0%
Oxford 41 8,585 41.7% 31.1% 13.8%
Mount Holly 42 13,815 42.7% 37.6% 14.9%
Laurinburg 43 15,799 50.5% 23.4% 13.8%
Ahoskie 44 5,017 50.2% 21.8% 16.4%
Garner 45 26,723 41.2% 34.8% 16.2%
Hendersonville 46 13,350 54.1% 14.4% 17.6%
Marion 47 7,948 43.3% 20.2% 16.0%
Kinston 48 21,589 52.1% 14.7% 17.4%
Winston-Salem 49 234,469 50.6% 17.1% 17.5%
Hope Mills 50 16,024 46.2% 30.0% 12.1%
New Bern 51 30,171 48.5% 22.2% 17.0%
Boone 52 17,802 76.4% 8.3% 6.6%
Jacksonville 53 69,300 52.4% 21.7% 10.3%
Raleigh 54 423,287 48.4% 23.9% 15.0%
Kings Mountain 55 10,743 44.2% 30.6% 16.5%
Roanoke Rapids 56 15,653 59.9% 18.1% 13.4%
Goldsboro 57 35,908 48.0% 19.3% 13.0%
Forest City 58 7,387 45.2% 23.4% 17.6%
Williamston 59 5,410 36.3% 23.8% 16.9%
Durham 60 240,107 48.5% 22.7% 16.3%
Mooresville 61 34,466 40.5% 32.2% 11.7%
Greenville 62 87,546 53.8% 15.8% 13.2%
Winterville 63 9,424 65.0% 19.1% 10.4%
Wilmington 64 110,100 53.4% 13.8% 16.0%
Newton 65 12,998 59.8% 14.2% 19.2%
Greensboro 66 276,225 48.3% 19.6% 16.3%
Lumberton 67 21,707 50.6% 21.7% 19.3%
Elon 68 9,516 61.6% 28.7% 6.1%
Mocksville 69 5,086 55.4% 34.5% 15.4%
Oak Island 70 7,051 54.8% 30.0% 17.5%
Rockingham 71 9,444 52.2% 16.0% 14.1%
Knightdale 72 12,692 31.3% 37.3% 17.9%
Morganton 73 16,816 54.4% 21.1% 18.2%
Waxhaw 74 10,878 49.9% 50.7% 7.8%
Fayetteville 75 202,421 45.8% 17.6% 14.1%
Havelock 76 20,850 50.5% 14.1% 16.5%
Whiteville 77 5,465 47.3% 15.6% 17.6%
Clinton 78 8,729 48.5% 19.7% 15.9%
Cherryville 79 5,826 42.4% 32.6% 12.1%
Wendell 80 6,085 51.3% 45.6% 11.1%
Cornelius 81 26,246 32.1% 42.3% 11.6%
Brevard 82 7,651 43.2% 28.0% 14.9%
Washington 83 9,768 48.8% 16.8% 12.4%
Wake Forest 84 33,319 39.5% 48.0% 8.2%
Tarboro 85 11,323 40.0% 22.0% 17.7%
Spring Lake 86 13,101 49.3% 18.0% 16.1%
Carrboro 87 20,337 44.5% 24.2% 15.3%
Black Mountain 88 7,977 51.5% 18.2% 19.3%
Waynesville 89 9,770 43.8% 26.9% 18.9%
Woodfin 90 6,167 54.9% 14.9% 21.2%
Mint Hill 91 23,934 44.5% 49.3% 10.5%
Mebane 92 12,509 34.8% 41.3% 9.2%
Southern Pines 93 12,782 55.5% 25.5% 9.5%
Mount Airy 94 10,411 45.2% 25.0% 12.2%
Morehead City 95 9,030 41.8% 13.7% 20.8%
Nashville 96 5,469 34.1% 24.4% 11.8%
Kernersville 97 23,522 46.3% 24.7% 12.5%
Reidsville 98 14,249 44.6% 30.8% 10.0%
Butner 99 7,661 41.1% 35.8% 16.6%
Chapel Hill 100 58,379 52.6% 20.3% 7.8%
Belmont 101 10,346 45.3% 25.5% 12.9%
Harrisburg 102 13,549 39.4% 39.7% 8.9%
Huntersville 103 49,279 36.6% 38.2% 10.1%
Asheville 104 85,783 42.4% 11.8% 16.8%
Hickory 105 40,108 41.3% 17.6% 17.7%
Gibsonville 106 6,565 36.9% 32.1% 10.1%
Kill Devil Hills 107 6,810 35.6% 22.1% 19.6%
Holly Springs 108 27,339 20.0% 44.9% 5.6%
Archdale 109 11,322 37.0% 23.3% 13.4%
Wesley Chapel 110 7,882 43.3% 49.3% 5.5%
Leland 111 15,316 47.9% 27.4% 10.8%
King 112 6,732 44.9% 29.2% 7.6%
Apex 113 40,631 32.2% 29.4% 7.4%
Cary 114 146,041 39.9% 23.1% 10.0%
Clemmons 115 19,101 50.7% 19.1% 8.7%
Davidson 116 11,492 36.1% 29.4% 6.5%
Sawmills 117 5,164 40.5% 20.5% 18.0%
Unionville 118 6,180 53.2% 47.5% 7.7%
Stokesdale 119 5,177 33.3% 49.7% 12.4%
Hillsborough 120 6,256 45.4% 23.3% 8.4%
Aberdeen 121 6,702 32.9% 23.1% 17.9%
Marvin 122 5,806 21.1% 49.5% 1.5%
Weddington 123 9,906 0.0% 55.2% 6.4%
Pinehurst 124 15,052 43.1% 25.9% 3.4%
Morrisville 125 20,728 25.4% 18.6% 7.4%
Fletcher 126 7,320 45.0% 16.5% 9.5%
Lewisville 127 13,037 33.8% 24.0% 6.4%
Conover 128 8,200 27.1% 14.6% 14.8%
Trinity 129 6,648 39.6% 20.4% 13.7%
Summerfield 130 10,477 27.8% 32.6% 2.6%
Oak Ridge 131 6,435 19.9% 35.6% 3.4%
Mills River 132 6,917 37.3% 25.5% 9.2%

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