These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Central Falls have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Rhode Island. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Ocean State:

  1. Central Falls
  2. Woonsocket
  3. Pawtucket
  4. Pascoag
  5. Providence
  6. East Providence
  7. Cranston
  8. Warwick
  9. Kingston
  10. Westerly

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

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How We Measured Stress In Rhode Island (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 18 places in Rhode Island 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 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 18 (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 Ocean 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 18 places we analyzed.

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1. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406People With High Rent: 58.0%
People With Long Commute: 35.4%
People Without Insurance: 27.6%

2. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136People With High Rent: 50.2%
People With Long Commute: 36.0%
People Without Insurance: 11.4%

3. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313People With High Rent: 48.6%
People With Long Commute: 29.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.0%

4. Pascoag


Population: 4,310 People With High Rent: 55.2%
People With Long Commute: 62.5%
People Without Insurance: 9.8%

5. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562People With High Rent: 51.9%
People With Long Commute: 23.2%
People Without Insurance: 18.7%

6. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166People With High Rent: 42.9%
People With Long Commute: 24.0%
People Without Insurance: 8.7%

7. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680People With High Rent: 49.3%
People With Long Commute: 22.3%
People Without Insurance: 10.2%

8. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065People With High Rent: 50.0%
People With Long Commute: 27.4%
People Without Insurance: 7.2%

9. Kingston

Kingston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,136People With High Rent: 85.1%
People With Long Commute: 29.5%
People Without Insurance: 5.8%

10. Westerly


Population: 17,984 People With High Rent: 53.2%
People With Long Commute: 24.1%
People Without Insurance: 8.3%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Rhode Island

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Central Falls 1 19,406 58.0% 35.4% 27.6%
Woonsocket 2 41,136 50.2% 36.0% 11.4%
Pawtucket 3 71,313 48.6% 29.9% 15.0%
Pascoag 4 4,310 55.2% 62.5% 9.8%
Providence 5 178,562 51.9% 23.2% 18.7%
East Providence 6 47,166 42.9% 24.0% 8.7%
Cranston 7 80,680 49.3% 22.3% 10.2%
Warwick 8 82,065 50.0% 27.4% 7.2%
Kingston 9 7,136 85.1% 29.5% 5.8%
Westerly 10 17,984 53.2% 24.1% 8.3%
Newport 11 24,599 40.5% 20.0% 12.6%
Newport East 12 10,953 48.8% 18.2% 9.3%
Narragansett Pier 13 3,749 38.8% 35.8% 10.8%
Greenville 14 8,596 53.6% 34.4% 3.7%
Tiverton 15 7,300 39.7% 32.5% 6.7%
Wakefield-Peacedale 16 8,911 42.2% 35.6% 7.8%
Valley Falls 17 12,108 38.3% 30.0% 6.4%
Cumberland Hill 18 8,194 38.8% 34.3% 2.7%

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