These Are The 10 Stressed Places In North Dakota

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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 Dakota 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 Dakota take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Minot
  2. Bottineau
  3. New Town
  4. Williston
  5. Fargo
  6. Grand Forks
  7. Dickinson
  8. Rugby
  9. Lincoln
  10. Watford City

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

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How We Measured Stress In North Dakota (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 25 places in North Dakota 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 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 25 (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 Peace 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 25 places we analyzed.

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1. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,533People With High Rent: 37.4%
People With Long Commute: 12.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.1%

2. Bottineau

Bottineau, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,294People With High Rent: 40.7%
People With Long Commute: 13.7%
People Without Insurance: 9.8%

3. New Town

New Town, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,210People With High Rent: 22.2%
People With Long Commute: 12.8%
People Without Insurance: 33.6%

4. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,849People With High Rent: 24.2%
People With Long Commute: 12.3%
People Without Insurance: 9.4%

5. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,725People With High Rent: 41.0%
People With Long Commute: 7.2%
People Without Insurance: 9.8%

6. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,095People With High Rent: 48.9%
People With Long Commute: 6.9%
People Without Insurance: 8.3%

7. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,920People With High Rent: 37.6%
People With Long Commute: 9.2%
People Without Insurance: 9.1%

8. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,989People With High Rent: 44.3%
People With Long Commute: 9.4%
People Without Insurance: 11.2%

9. Lincoln

Lincoln, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,864People With High Rent: 0.0%
People With Long Commute: 18.4%
People Without Insurance: 7.5%

10. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,738People With High Rent: 21.5%
People With Long Commute: 13.8%
People Without Insurance: 11.9%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In North Dakota

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Minot 1 44,533 37.4% 12.7% 11.1%
Bottineau 2 2,294 40.7% 13.7% 9.8%
New Town 3 2,210 22.2% 12.8% 33.6%
Williston 4 19,849 24.2% 12.3% 9.4%
Fargo 5 110,725 41.0% 7.2% 9.8%
Grand Forks 6 54,095 48.9% 6.9% 8.3%
Dickinson 7 19,920 37.6% 9.2% 9.1%
Rugby 8 2,989 44.3% 9.4% 11.2%
Lincoln 9 2,864 0.0% 18.4% 7.5%
Watford City 10 2,738 21.5% 13.8% 11.9%
Casselton 11 2,434 39.6% 25.1% 3.7%
Beulah 12 3,231 58.4% 11.3% 7.8%
Bismarck 13 65,123 36.4% 9.3% 8.1%
Mandan 14 19,381 40.4% 11.4% 5.8%
West Fargo 15 28,371 33.4% 11.4% 7.4%
Wahpeton 16 7,804 33.4% 11.3% 6.8%
Jamestown 17 15,407 39.5% 4.7% 9.2%
Valley City 18 6,636 21.6% 14.4% 6.1%
Grafton 19 4,291 26.2% 7.9% 6.8%
Devils Lake 20 7,218 35.4% 4.0% 14.8%
Hazen 21 2,607 23.9% 8.4% 4.7%
Grand Forks AFB 22 2,387 21.9% 4.9% 3.5%
Minot AFB 23 5,813 34.9% 7.5% 1.8%
Lisbon 24 2,074 32.8% 4.5% 6.6%
Horace 25 2,502 13.5% 12.0% 3.4%

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