These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Darby
  2. Sharon Hill
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Collingdale
  5. Coatesville
  6. Reading
  7. Folcroft
  8. Ambler
  9. Norristown
  10. Easton

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

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How We Measured Stress In Pennsylvania (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 196 places in Pennsylvania 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 196 (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 Keystone 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 196 places we analyzed.

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1. Darby

Darby, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,689People With High Rent: 69.1%
People With Long Commute: 55.3%
People Without Insurance: 20.7%

2. Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,685People With High Rent: 71.6%
People With Long Commute: 46.3%
People Without Insurance: 12.8%

3. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,546,920People With High Rent: 52.6%
People With Long Commute: 51.8%
People Without Insurance: 14.1%

4. Collingdale

Collingdale, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,778People With High Rent: 62.3%
People With Long Commute: 49.9%
People Without Insurance: 13.5%

5. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,130People With High Rent: 61.0%
People With Long Commute: 35.3%
People Without Insurance: 16.9%

6. Reading

Reading, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,051People With High Rent: 64.6%
People With Long Commute: 29.4%
People Without Insurance: 19.7%

7. Folcroft

Folcroft, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,615People With High Rent: 71.3%
People With Long Commute: 42.2%
People Without Insurance: 12.1%

8. Ambler

Ambler, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,481People With High Rent: 58.0%
People With Long Commute: 39.1%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

9. Norristown

Norri, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 34,454People With High Rent: 56.0%
People With Long Commute: 33.0%
People Without Insurance: 21.7%

10. Easton

Easton, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,977People With High Rent: 54.8%
People With Long Commute: 34.4%
People Without Insurance: 15.3%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Darby 1 10,689 69.1% 55.3% 20.7%
Sharon Hill 2 5,685 71.6% 46.3% 12.8%
Philadelphia 3 1,546,920 52.6% 51.8% 14.1%
Collingdale 4 8,778 62.3% 49.9% 13.5%
Coatesville 5 13,130 61.0% 35.3% 16.9%
Reading 6 88,051 64.6% 29.4% 19.7%
Folcroft 7 6,615 71.3% 42.2% 12.1%
Ambler 8 6,481 58.0% 39.1% 13.9%
Norri 9 34,454 56.0% 33.0% 21.7%
Easton 10 26,977 54.8% 34.4% 15.3%
Chester 11 34,007 56.8% 30.8% 14.5%
York 12 43,817 59.5% 24.6% 17.2%
Allentown 13 118,793 60.7% 27.0% 17.6%
Yeadon 14 11,506 46.9% 59.1% 15.3%
Wilkinsburg 15 15,894 46.3% 44.7% 13.0%
McKees Rocks 16 6,088 51.1% 36.0% 15.9%
McKeesport 17 19,663 52.5% 40.7% 13.5%
Lansdowne 18 10,618 51.9% 57.7% 9.7%
Clairton 19 6,752 60.0% 46.4% 16.0%
Duquesne 20 5,558 67.3% 45.9% 9.8%
Bangor 21 5,256 58.5% 41.2% 12.7%
Lancaster 22 59,368 56.9% 22.8% 15.9%
Clifton Heights 23 6,656 53.7% 49.8% 16.8%
Lebanon 24 25,553 53.8% 25.7% 14.4%
Shamokin 25 7,295 41.7% 39.5% 13.5%
East Stroudsburg 26 9,773 58.9% 36.6% 12.4%
Swissvale 27 8,963 44.9% 40.4% 13.2%
Morrisville 28 8,689 54.6% 37.0% 10.5%
Harrisburg 29 49,297 53.4% 18.6% 18.0%
Butler 30 13,609 57.5% 30.2% 12.1%
Shenandoah 31 5,002 47.4% 33.2% 16.8%
Sunbury 32 9,817 55.7% 24.5% 15.4%
Waynesboro 33 10,673 49.3% 35.8% 15.1%
Stroudsburg 34 5,528 56.0% 25.8% 17.7%
Birdsboro 35 5,158 46.8% 37.8% 13.4%
Turtle Creek 36 5,335 41.4% 41.1% 13.6%
Brentwood 37 9,625 56.2% 46.8% 8.6%
Pott 38 22,519 57.4% 38.7% 8.7%
Prospect Park 39 6,464 38.0% 39.6% 14.2%
Catasauqua 40 6,477 46.0% 26.0% 16.7%
Ambridge 41 6,973 47.6% 32.5% 9.8%
Hazleton 42 25,179 48.4% 19.4% 17.1%
Bellevue 43 8,338 43.4% 38.5% 12.0%
Uniontown 44 10,203 45.8% 25.5% 11.9%
Oxford 45 5,100 53.8% 42.0% 12.7%
Vandergrift 46 5,142 44.9% 41.3% 9.6%
New Brighton 47 5,973 44.1% 33.6% 11.2%
Norwood 48 5,897 40.5% 37.0% 9.0%
West Chester 49 18,860 56.3% 25.6% 10.8%
Wilson 50 7,852 52.0% 31.9% 9.9%
Columbia 51 10,399 54.1% 27.8% 11.5%
Lewi 52 8,341 46.6% 28.8% 10.6%
Ridley Park 53 7,021 53.6% 40.4% 5.4%
Carbondale 54 8,843 49.1% 32.2% 10.5%
Pittsburgh 55 306,045 47.2% 29.9% 9.6%
New Kensington 56 12,959 46.7% 36.0% 9.2%
Phoenixville 57 16,530 40.6% 42.7% 12.6%
Arnold 58 5,090 41.1% 30.2% 8.9%
Bristol 59 9,657 56.8% 19.3% 9.8%
Bethlehem 60 75,050 53.7% 25.2% 10.6%
Johnstown 61 20,576 47.0% 20.7% 12.5%
Schuylkill Haven 62 5,368 49.4% 26.0% 10.2%
Wilkes-Barre 63 41,202 48.4% 16.5% 13.3%
Mount Carmel 64 5,833 25.7% 39.2% 11.9%
Berwick 65 10,398 59.9% 23.6% 12.3%
Tamaqua 66 6,994 46.7% 43.8% 15.3%
Middl 67 8,909 53.3% 28.9% 9.8%
Lehighton 68 5,427 48.3% 55.7% 8.7%
Indiana 69 14,025 65.8% 11.2% 7.6%
Washington 70 13,715 45.0% 19.2% 13.5%
Plymouth 71 5,905 45.8% 22.5% 11.2%
Kut 72 5,016 52.1% 38.5% 7.6%
Pittston 73 7,702 49.2% 20.0% 9.2%
Pleasant Hills 74 8,291 59.7% 43.0% 5.9%
Sharon 75 13,845 54.4% 19.6% 10.0%
Media 76 5,341 36.0% 45.6% 7.8%
Erie 77 100,832 52.4% 12.4% 11.1%
Carnegie 78 7,960 43.4% 33.6% 10.4%
Helle 79 5,881 46.6% 26.0% 13.2%
Aliquippa 80 9,356 47.7% 32.4% 11.2%
Williamsport 81 29,377 48.8% 14.4% 14.1%
Glenolden 82 7,150 40.8% 38.9% 11.2%
Shippensburg 83 5,479 49.3% 24.5% 12.7%
Red Lion 84 6,343 45.5% 36.2% 11.0%
New Castle 85 22,883 54.3% 25.1% 10.2%
Hatboro 86 7,403 48.1% 35.6% 5.1%
Lansdale 87 16,382 46.4% 35.6% 9.4%
Downin 88 7,921 41.0% 29.0% 11.7%
Ellwood City 89 7,743 41.1% 41.6% 9.6%
Dormont 90 8,565 35.9% 41.9% 10.7%
Titusville 91 5,479 48.7% 24.7% 12.2%
Monessen 92 7,630 48.3% 34.1% 10.2%
Ephrata 93 13,529 49.9% 26.3% 10.9%
Beaver Falls 94 8,842 46.7% 23.1% 8.9%
Gettysburg 95 7,632 51.3% 17.4% 10.3%
Altoona 96 45,987 48.9% 13.9% 11.8%
Quake 97 8,939 44.1% 33.6% 9.5%
Castle Shannon 98 8,317 37.8% 52.1% 8.1%
Bradford 99 8,665 52.4% 13.0% 11.9%
Hanover 100 15,365 35.9% 28.1% 12.5%
Palmerton 101 5,382 51.5% 48.8% 11.1%
Millersville 102 8,320 61.4% 20.2% 8.7%
Doyle 103 8,353 53.8% 36.0% 7.4%
Chambersburg 104 20,430 48.8% 20.2% 16.8%
Oil City 105 10,383 44.7% 22.4% 14.1%
Kennett Square 106 6,123 38.6% 16.7% 24.9%
Baldwin 107 19,791 43.2% 43.7% 6.3%
Munhall 108 11,355 36.8% 39.3% 7.2%
Conshohocken 109 7,864 33.5% 45.9% 7.0%
Nanticoke 110 10,395 50.0% 23.5% 8.7%
Greensburg 111 14,726 45.8% 29.3% 7.9%
Lock Haven 112 9,860 52.9% 20.6% 7.0%
State College 113 42,066 62.7% 13.0% 5.5%
Souderton 114 6,668 39.2% 32.7% 7.6%
Tyrone 115 5,433 44.8% 31.8% 9.0%
Meadville 116 13,307 52.9% 11.5% 11.1%
Scranton 117 75,842 45.3% 16.7% 12.5%
Whitehall 118 13,931 43.1% 53.2% 4.9%
Steelton 119 5,959 38.2% 20.3% 12.9%
Corry 120 6,546 47.9% 25.7% 10.1%
Coraopolis 121 5,655 38.9% 29.4% 10.9%
Canonsburg 122 8,973 35.0% 32.4% 8.5%
Palmyra 123 7,399 35.2% 26.2% 10.9%
Nazareth 124 5,723 56.6% 23.4% 6.5%
Perkasie 125 8,511 38.5% 41.6% 7.1%
Greenville 126 5,919 44.4% 17.9% 8.9%
Forest Hills 127 6,501 35.5% 47.9% 4.1%
Brookhaven 128 8,045 41.8% 34.3% 4.5%
Shillington 129 5,272 57.5% 25.0% 5.8%
Emmaus 130 11,291 47.3% 28.4% 7.9%
Lewisburg 131 5,781 45.3% 19.9% 8.3%
Connellsville 132 7,578 37.6% 24.5% 14.6%
Kingston 133 13,105 37.9% 18.9% 9.3%
Monaca 134 5,721 53.0% 30.7% 5.0%
Punxsutawney 135 5,927 44.9% 23.7% 9.7%
Crafton 136 5,931 30.7% 36.1% 10.4%
Collegeville 137 5,263 52.6% 32.7% 3.2%
California 138 6,703 55.3% 26.7% 6.9%
Somerset 139 6,185 50.4% 13.2% 9.0%
West Mifflin 140 20,271 32.6% 40.6% 8.5%
DuBois 141 7,718 52.2% 14.6% 8.9%
Edinboro 142 6,484 54.2% 23.1% 12.3%
Old Forge 143 8,265 45.3% 25.9% 6.4%
Clarion 144 5,000 47.3% 14.3% 9.3%
Mechanicsburg 145 8,971 31.6% 24.7% 8.7%
Oakmont 146 6,358 34.8% 44.6% 6.4%
Lower Burrell 147 11,653 36.7% 37.7% 8.1%
Bellefonte 148 6,250 48.9% 16.9% 10.9%
Pottsville 149 14,136 37.6% 21.8% 7.5%
Milton 150 7,017 42.2% 19.2% 7.3%
West View 151 6,752 41.2% 31.9% 5.1%
Northampton 152 9,921 38.4% 31.8% 5.4%
Mount Joy 153 7,774 43.2% 27.8% 6.7%
Warren 154 9,543 38.9% 11.7% 9.2%
South Williamsport 155 6,370 44.7% 15.0% 10.3%
Sayre 156 5,553 48.9% 20.2% 7.5%
Clearfield 157 6,143 34.8% 19.6% 9.0%
Bridgeville 158 5,142 41.3% 28.2% 6.7%
Bethel Park 159 32,338 41.0% 49.1% 3.7%
New Holland 160 5,407 45.6% 25.3% 8.7%
Elizabet 161 11,602 45.1% 25.7% 6.5%
Lititz 162 9,386 52.8% 23.7% 6.4%
Carlisle 163 18,877 41.9% 20.8% 7.3%
Monroeville 164 28,365 41.8% 40.9% 7.4%
Swarthmore 165 6,198 37.7% 39.8% 1.9%
Taylor 166 6,230 33.8% 17.7% 13.1%
Plum 167 27,386 37.2% 46.0% 5.1%
Blakely 168 6,534 55.6% 16.0% 5.5%
Jeannette 169 9,522 29.2% 21.8% 9.3%
Franklin 170 6,448 43.9% 13.5% 8.4%
Sugarcreek 171 5,238 51.1% 18.5% 8.6%
Exeter 172 5,633 43.3% 21.4% 6.1%
Bloomsburg 173 14,699 45.7% 14.0% 5.3%
Economy 174 9,133 40.9% 46.3% 4.2%
White Oak 175 7,851 31.5% 42.2% 6.6%
New Cumberland 176 7,276 39.1% 12.6% 7.0%
Jefferson Hills 177 10,984 37.0% 44.7% 3.9%
Swoyersville 178 5,038 23.4% 30.7% 9.2%
Huntingdon 179 7,069 40.8% 20.6% 7.4%
Dickson City 180 6,049 44.3% 16.5% 7.9%
Selinsgrove 181 5,698 35.7% 20.5% 8.9%
Olyphant 182 5,178 39.5% 19.2% 9.0%
Archbald 183 7,053 32.8% 23.9% 7.5%
Camp Hill 184 7,891 37.4% 13.7% 3.3%
Clarks Summit 185 5,101 32.0% 16.8% 7.7%
Dunmore 186 13,974 37.0% 15.3% 6.6%
Franklin Park 187 13,882 36.6% 40.1% 4.0%
Fox Chapel 188 5,397 0.0% 37.7% 0.9%
Murrysville 189 20,171 29.1% 48.6% 4.1%
Hermitage 190 16,237 46.4% 16.8% 4.0%
Wyomissing 191 10,467 34.6% 17.6% 3.8%
Grove City 192 8,242 32.3% 19.8% 4.5%
St. Marys 193 12,940 47.0% 8.2% 5.6%
Westmont 194 5,086 28.9% 16.8% 4.0%
Moosic 195 5,712 34.3% 17.0% 7.0%
Hollidaysburg 196 5,792 30.9% 23.0% 2.8%