These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Oregon

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 Oregon 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 Oregon take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Cornelius
  2. Gresham
  3. St. Helens
  4. Woodburn
  5. Independence
  6. Milton-Freewater
  7. Sheridan
  8. Cottage Grove
  9. Monmouth
  10. Redmond

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

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How We Measured Stress In Oregon (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 76 places in Oregon 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 76 (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 Beaver 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 76 places we analyzed.

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1. Cornelius

Cornelius, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068People With High Rent: 64.0%
People With Long Commute: 27.1%
People Without Insurance: 28.5%

2. Gresham

Gresham, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,250People With High Rent: 55.2%
People With Long Commute: 41.8%
People Without Insurance: 16.8%

3. St. Helens

St. Helens, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,017People With High Rent: 62.1%
People With Long Commute: 53.9%
People Without Insurance: 14.1%

4. Woodburn

Woodburn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,282People With High Rent: 51.5%
People With Long Commute: 30.0%
People Without Insurance: 22.9%

5. Independence

Independence, Oregon

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,654People With High Rent: 64.9%
People With Long Commute: 39.4%
People Without Insurance: 9.2%

6. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,094People With High Rent: 52.6%
People With Long Commute: 12.9%
People Without Insurance: 27.7%

7. Sheridan

Sheridan, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,081People With High Rent: 46.0%
People With Long Commute: 26.2%
People Without Insurance: 24.3%

8. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,772People With High Rent: 55.6%
People With Long Commute: 40.6%
People Without Insurance: 15.0%

9. Monmouth

Monmouth, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,769People With High Rent: 64.8%
People With Long Commute: 31.6%
People Without Insurance: 14.1%

10. Redmond

Redmond, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,002People With High Rent: 60.4%
People With Long Commute: 22.4%
People Without Insurance: 16.4%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Oregon

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Cornelius 1 12,068 64.0% 27.1% 28.5%
Gresham 2 108,250 55.2% 41.8% 16.8%
St. Helens 3 13,017 62.1% 53.9% 14.1%
Woodburn 4 24,282 51.5% 30.0% 22.9%
Independence 5 8,654 64.9% 39.4% 9.2%
Milton-Freewater 6 7,094 52.6% 12.9% 27.7%
Sheridan 7 6,081 46.0% 26.2% 24.3%
Cottage Grove 8 9,772 55.6% 40.6% 15.0%
Monmouth 9 9,769 64.8% 31.6% 14.1%
Redmond 10 27,002 60.4% 22.4% 16.4%
Oregon City 11 33,834 56.2% 38.4% 13.5%
Canby 12 16,821 50.6% 42.8% 13.2%
Troutdale 13 16,339 64.5% 38.4% 9.9%
Gladstone 14 11,668 54.4% 42.2% 8.5%
Ontario 15 11,148 62.7% 12.0% 19.9%
Junction City 16 5,566 48.7% 33.6% 19.2%
Dallas 17 14,788 52.0% 37.5% 12.0%
Forest Grove 18 22,070 56.8% 34.5% 12.6%
Stayton 19 7,719 57.4% 20.7% 14.3%
Sweet Home 20 9,042 53.6% 38.7% 13.2%
Springfield 21 59,882 51.4% 13.4% 19.1%
Silverton 22 9,342 60.9% 40.1% 9.5%
Beaverton 23 92,593 47.4% 31.4% 15.1%
Medford 24 76,648 59.6% 11.0% 17.7%
Portland 25 602,568 51.5% 31.2% 14.5%
Newberg 26 22,451 52.4% 34.6% 15.6%
Salem 27 157,967 51.7% 19.8% 16.0%
Umatilla 28 6,998 37.8% 32.7% 27.7%
Grants Pass 29 34,916 57.9% 17.8% 13.9%
Albany 30 51,210 57.1% 20.7% 13.4%
Eagle Point 31 8,599 49.9% 31.4% 14.1%
Seaside 32 6,481 61.0% 10.8% 18.1%
Scappoose 33 6,778 53.0% 55.4% 6.7%
McMinnville 34 32,839 51.9% 27.7% 14.0%
Keizer 35 36,875 51.8% 22.7% 14.0%
Lebanon 36 15,761 55.6% 29.9% 14.0%
Molalla 37 8,247 36.2% 57.5% 12.5%
Tualatin 38 26,604 50.3% 28.9% 14.3%
Talent 39 6,164 53.6% 18.2% 21.0%
Sandy 40 9,945 52.0% 47.4% 10.7%
Klamath Falls 41 21,165 58.0% 10.4% 16.6%
Tigard 42 49,633 49.9% 29.8% 14.2%
Hillsboro 43 95,765 44.8% 33.2% 14.6%
Roseburg 44 21,858 56.3% 12.0% 13.9%
Ashland 45 20,412 57.8% 15.1% 16.1%
Central Point 46 17,443 52.1% 8.5% 14.7%
Eugene 47 158,131 59.2% 11.6% 14.1%
Milwaukie 48 20,449 41.4% 32.5% 11.3%
Wilsonville 49 20,335 41.8% 35.8% 14.6%
Lincoln City 50 7,977 55.5% 9.6% 17.4%
Prineville 51 9,184 48.1% 19.5% 16.4%
Fairview 52 9,094 52.1% 34.8% 14.1%
Brookings 53 6,350 62.1% 8.5% 14.5%
Madras 54 6,419 34.3% 15.1% 20.7%
Sutherlin 55 7,776 61.6% 10.4% 15.0%
Lake Oswego 56 37,310 51.9% 26.6% 6.6%
The Dalles 57 15,068 57.5% 9.2% 16.4%
Corvallis 58 54,735 58.0% 14.5% 10.4%
North Bend 59 9,591 47.4% 17.4% 12.2%
West Linn 60 25,710 49.5% 34.1% 7.8%
Sherwood 61 18,687 43.7% 38.5% 4.9%
Coos Bay 62 16,022 51.6% 12.5% 15.4%
La Grande 63 13,090 56.1% 7.1% 14.7%
Bend 64 79,698 53.2% 9.8% 17.7%
Hermiston 65 17,031 43.2% 14.5% 18.2%
Winston 66 5,356 53.5% 7.6% 9.8%
Happy Valley 67 15,693 44.7% 42.9% 6.2%
Creswell 68 5,065 40.4% 20.5% 8.7%
Warrenton 69 5,089 59.0% 12.3% 15.2%
Hood River 70 7,311 44.6% 12.9% 18.2%
Damascus 71 10,711 46.0% 47.4% 6.3%
Baker City 72 9,774 49.6% 9.5% 11.4%
Florence 73 8,498 49.5% 11.1% 12.4%
Newport 74 10,045 47.8% 13.2% 14.9%
Astoria 75 9,503 36.4% 14.4% 15.4%
Pendleton 76 16,830 34.9% 12.4% 10.8%