These Are The 10 Stressed Places In South Dakota

We analyzed over 43 places in South Dakota to identify the ones that are going grey at a young age.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago
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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 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 South Dakota take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Lead
  2. Vermillion
  3. Summerset
  4. Winner
  5. Mobridge
  6. Rapid Valley
  7. Lennox
  8. Sisseton
  9. Belle Fourche
  10. Sturgis

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

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How We Measured Stress In South 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 43 places in South 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 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 43 (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 Mount Rushmore 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 43 places we analyzed.

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1. Lead

Lead, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,097People With High Rent: 55.7%
People With Long Commute: 18.4%
People Without Insurance: 13.9%

2. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,697People With High Rent: 58.6%
People With Long Commute: 16.1%
People Without Insurance: 13.3%

3. Summerset

Vermillion, South Dakota
Population: 2,240 People With High Rent: 72.6%
People With Long Commute: 19.3%
People Without Insurance: 10.7%

4. Winner

Winner, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,871People With High Rent: 59.6%
People With Long Commute: 19.3%
People Without Insurance: 15.4%

5. Mobridge

Mobridge, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 3,293People With High Rent: 33.7%
People With Long Commute: 12.0%
People Without Insurance: 10.5%

6. Rapid Valley

Vermillion, South Dakota
Population: 8,619 People With High Rent: 52.6%
People With Long Commute: 12.6%
People Without Insurance: 13.5%

7. Lennox

Lennox, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,155People With High Rent: 50.2%
People With Long Commute: 30.6%
People Without Insurance: 8.5%

8. Sisseton

Sisseton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,597People With High Rent: 34.1%
People With Long Commute: 9.8%
People Without Insurance: 19.9%

9. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,677People With High Rent: 43.3%
People With Long Commute: 23.3%
People Without Insurance: 20.2%

10. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,652People With High Rent: 51.7%
People With Long Commute: 17.7%
People Without Insurance: 13.2%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In South Dakota

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Lead 1 3,097 55.7% 18.4% 13.9%
Vermillion 2 10,697 58.6% 16.1% 13.3%
Summerset 3 2,240 72.6% 19.3% 10.7%
Winner 4 2,871 59.6% 19.3% 15.4%
Mobridge 5 3,293 33.7% 12.0% 10.5%
Rapid Valley 6 8,619 52.6% 12.6% 13.5%
Lennox 7 2,155 50.2% 30.6% 8.5%
Sisseton 8 2,597 34.1% 9.8% 19.9%
Belle Fourche 9 5,677 43.3% 23.3% 20.2%
Sturgis 10 6,652 51.7% 17.7% 13.2%
Hartford 11 2,781 48.3% 19.2% 8.6%
Flandreau 12 2,088 17.9% 18.2% 14.9%
Sioux Falls 13 160,964 40.1% 8.6% 10.0%
Rapid City 14 70,126 44.4% 8.5% 12.7%
North Sioux City 15 2,551 34.6% 12.2% 8.0%
Box Elder 16 8,683 41.8% 9.7% 13.7%
Spearfish 17 10,836 43.2% 17.4% 13.7%
Blackhawk 18 2,754 51.9% 20.7% 15.7%
Dell Rapids 19 3,687 20.2% 35.6% 3.7%
Brandon 20 9,350 40.2% 12.4% 7.0%
Tea 21 4,226 57.3% 9.4% 1.9%
Mitchell 22 15,490 38.5% 9.3% 10.3%
Brookings 23 22,645 51.9% 7.4% 8.3%
Huron 24 12,982 39.6% 8.0% 11.9%
Volga 25 2,259 26.4% 7.8% 9.1%
Beresford 26 2,411 30.7% 40.2% 7.2%
Dakota Dunes 27 2,895 18.7% 18.0% 4.9%
Yankton 28 14,513 37.6% 6.2% 9.4%
Elk Point 29 2,075 31.8% 17.4% 4.5%
Pine Ridge 30 3,329 15.2% 2.4% 41.5%
Canton 31 3,218 22.5% 31.3% 6.8%
Chamberlain 32 2,660 24.0% 14.6% 10.0%
Harrisburg 33 4,678 30.7% 8.8% 7.7%
Aberdeen 34 26,979 41.5% 4.4% 8.7%
Watertown 35 21,795 36.6% 6.6% 9.3%
Fort Pierre 36 2,322 35.5% 5.4% 11.6%
Madison 37 6,830 21.9% 12.5% 6.8%
Milbank 38 3,310 14.1% 6.6% 10.1%
North Eagle Butte 39 2,083 18.1% 1.6% 38.3%
Redfield 40 2,583 35.4% 9.9% 7.7%
Hot Springs 41 3,565 34.2% 11.4% 11.4%
Pierre 42 13,885 29.2% 2.5% 7.0%
Colonial Pine Hills 43 2,328 0.0% 16.7% 2.8%

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