These Are The 10 Stressed Places In South Carolina

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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 South 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 South Carolina take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Marion
  2. Moncks Corner
  3. Clover
  4. Chester
  5. Lake City
  6. Greenwood
  7. Batesburg-Leesville
  8. North Charleston
  9. Summerville
  10. Lancaster

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

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How We Measured Stress In South 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 62 places in South 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 are, 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 62 (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 Palmetto 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 62 places we analyzed.

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1. Marion

marion
Population: 6,833 People With High Rent: 60.2%
People With Long Commute: 39.3%
People Without Insurance: 17.2%

2. Moncks Corner

moncks
Population: 8,711 People With High Rent: 49.6%
People With Long Commute: 42.8%
People Without Insurance: 26.4%

3. Clover

clover
Population: 5,321 People With High Rent: 62.0%
People With Long Commute: 45.7%
People Without Insurance: 14.5%

4. Chester

chester

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,543People With High Rent: 45.9%
People With Long Commute: 43.7%
People Without Insurance: 16.3%

5. Lake City

Lake City, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,720People With High Rent: 52.9%
People With Long Commute: 33.1%
People Without Insurance: 15.1%

6. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,296People With High Rent: 59.6%
People With Long Commute: 21.6%
People Without Insurance: 20.0%

7. Batesburg-Leesville

lees
Population: 5,242 People With High Rent: 70.6%
People With Long Commute: 37.1%
People Without Insurance: 14.4%

8. North Charleston

North Charleston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 102,143People With High Rent: 55.0%
People With Long Commute: 26.4%
People Without Insurance: 22.1%

9. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,717People With High Rent: 50.8%
People With Long Commute: 42.7%
People Without Insurance: 13.3%

10. Lancaster

Lancaster, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,801People With High Rent: 46.1%
People With Long Commute: 35.3%
People Without Insurance: 19.0%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In South Carolina

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Marion 1 6,833 60.2% 39.3% 17.2%
Moncks Corner 2 8,711 49.6% 42.8% 26.4%
Clover 3 5,321 62.0% 45.7% 14.5%
Chester 4 5,543 45.9% 43.7% 16.3%
Lake City 5 6,720 52.9% 33.1% 15.1%
Greenwood 6 23,296 59.6% 21.6% 20.0%
Batesburg-Leesville 7 5,242 70.6% 37.1% 14.4%
North Charleston 8 102,143 55.0% 26.4% 22.1%
Summerville 9 44,717 50.8% 42.7% 13.3%
Lancaster 10 8,801 46.1% 35.3% 19.0%
Hanahan 11 18,999 58.9% 25.1% 21.4%
Rock Hill 12 68,185 51.5% 31.4% 16.7%
Georgetown 13 9,110 56.3% 17.5% 19.7%
Darlington 14 6,232 45.8% 17.5% 19.6%
Easley 15 20,242 46.4% 38.1% 16.3%
York 16 7,913 51.1% 41.3% 15.8%
Abbeville 17 5,207 65.5% 33.2% 13.7%
Irmo 18 11,518 57.8% 33.7% 14.9%
Walterboro 19 5,339 68.3% 27.2% 19.7%
Myrtle Beach 20 28,455 54.4% 12.4% 31.4%
West Columbia 21 15,623 50.4% 15.0% 22.1%
Laurens 22 9,136 54.8% 30.5% 18.8%
Bennettsville 23 8,928 51.9% 34.0% 11.9%
Anderson 24 26,798 55.3% 18.8% 16.4%
Hartsville 25 7,857 47.6% 24.8% 14.9%
Orangeburg 26 13,790 46.5% 13.7% 20.0%
Spartanburg 27 37,216 47.7% 17.6% 15.4%
Union 28 8,191 43.2% 36.3% 11.6%
Central 29 5,170 57.6% 16.9% 12.5%
Conway 30 18,645 58.1% 32.3% 15.1%
Dillon 31 6,731 36.8% 30.8% 16.0%
Tega Cay 32 8,224 33.0% 48.7% 6.8%
Florence 33 37,512 50.3% 15.8% 12.7%
Sumter 34 40,819 43.6% 18.3% 14.1%
Goose Creek 35 38,545 49.8% 32.9% 11.2%
Aiken 36 29,980 52.7% 27.5% 9.6%
Lexington 37 19,007 43.5% 33.2% 7.8%
Bluffton 38 13,979 40.9% 31.3% 26.0%
Greenville 39 60,670 45.1% 13.5% 16.2%
Cheraw 40 5,809 47.9% 6.8% 16.9%
Greer 41 26,626 41.6% 25.9% 16.8%
Seneca 42 8,147 42.7% 15.5% 16.6%
Clinton 43 8,525 51.1% 19.3% 16.0%
Simpsonville 44 19,219 32.5% 27.9% 14.5%
Charleston 45 125,458 52.3% 24.1% 12.2%
Clemson 46 14,254 64.3% 17.4% 5.0%
Mount Pleasant 47 72,379 49.5% 25.3% 8.5%
North Augusta 48 21,832 44.6% 29.0% 13.3%
North Myrtle Beach 49 14,485 45.2% 17.3% 20.9%
Fountain Inn 50 8,031 40.0% 28.7% 10.4%
Forest Acres 51 10,533 49.6% 13.1% 8.7%
Camden 52 6,931 46.0% 34.2% 13.1%
Gaffney 53 12,565 43.6% 13.9% 13.7%
Mauldin 54 23,985 34.2% 19.9% 14.0%
Columbia 55 131,331 50.4% 13.0% 13.6%
Cayce 56 12,944 47.7% 14.0% 17.6%
Hilton Head Island 57 38,497 45.7% 16.2% 17.8%
Fort Mill 58 12,068 44.5% 32.3% 8.9%
Newberry 59 10,259 35.5% 16.5% 14.7%
James Island 60 11,451 40.7% 25.4% 14.7%
Port Royal 61 11,264 51.5% 6.2% 7.9%
Beaufort 62 12,702 43.6% 16.8% 15.5%

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