These Are The 10 Most Stressed Places In Tennessee

We analyzed over 97 places in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Lenoir City have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Tennessee. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Volunteer State:

  1. Lenoir City
  2. Memphis
  3. Covington
  4. La Vergne
  5. Columbia
  6. La Follette
  7. Brownsville
  8. Cleveland
  9. Morristown
  10. Springfield

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

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How We Measured Stress In Tennessee (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 97 places in Tennessee 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 97 (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 Volunteer 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 97 places we analyzed.

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1. Lenoir City

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,867People With High Rent: 56.9%
People With Long Commute: 33.5%
People Without Insurance: 22.4%

2. Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 656,715People With High Rent: 55.1%
People With Long Commute: 26.5%
People Without Insurance: 18.4%

3. Covington

Covington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,033People With High Rent: 50.7%
People With Long Commute: 30.2%
People Without Insurance: 18.7%

4. La Vergne

La Vergne, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 33,637People With High Rent: 41.8%
People With Long Commute: 52.3%
People Without Insurance: 20.4%

5. Columbia

Columbia, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,207People With High Rent: 49.5%
People With Long Commute: 33.5%
People Without Insurance: 16.9%

6. La Follette

La Follette, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,304People With High Rent: 46.4%
People With Long Commute: 26.5%
People Without Insurance: 15.8%

7. Brownsville

Brownsville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,079People With High Rent: 50.2%
People With Long Commute: 31.8%
People Without Insurance: 14.6%

8. Cleveland

Cleveland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,331People With High Rent: 52.8%
People With Long Commute: 23.9%
People Without Insurance: 16.6%

9. Morristown

Morristown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,152People With High Rent: 49.4%
People With Long Commute: 22.7%
People Without Insurance: 23.0%

10. Springfield

Springfield, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,598People With High Rent: 41.2%
People With Long Commute: 37.2%
People Without Insurance: 16.7%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Tennessee

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Lenoir City 1 8,867 56.9% 33.5% 22.4%
Memphis 2 656,715 55.1% 26.5% 18.4%
Covington 3 9,033 50.7% 30.2% 18.7%
La Vergne 4 33,637 41.8% 52.3% 20.4%
Columbia 5 35,207 49.5% 33.5% 16.9%
La Follette 6 7,304 46.4% 26.5% 15.8%
Brownsville 7 10,079 50.2% 31.8% 14.6%
Cleveland 8 42,331 52.8% 23.9% 16.6%
Morristown 9 29,152 49.4% 22.7% 23.0%
Springfield 10 16,598 41.2% 37.2% 16.7%
Harriman 11 6,296 52.7% 29.8% 14.6%
Ripley 12 8,350 49.8% 22.5% 22.4%
Nashville 13 624,261 48.7% 30.5% 16.7%
Lewisburg 14 11,252 44.0% 26.2% 18.5%
Erwin 15 6,052 47.5% 24.0% 12.2%
Portland 16 11,853 40.5% 40.2% 18.3%
Milan 17 7,826 55.7% 38.1% 9.4%
Lawrenceburg 18 10,440 46.9% 23.8% 16.2%
Sweetwater 19 5,856 47.3% 24.3% 18.0%
Murfreesboro 20 114,660 49.9% 36.6% 12.2%
Shelbyville 21 20,616 45.6% 28.4% 21.8%
Cookeville 22 31,004 50.3% 20.1% 17.6%
Union City 23 10,791 49.3% 11.8% 17.0%
Lebanon 24 27,847 53.3% 28.4% 14.6%
Jefferson City 25 8,342 36.8% 29.8% 16.5%
Collegedale 26 9,488 58.3% 27.6% 13.5%
Henderson 27 6,429 38.9% 37.0% 14.3%
Clarksville 28 140,563 44.3% 25.5% 12.6%
Newport 29 6,890 37.0% 23.5% 17.6%
Manchester 30 10,223 50.2% 23.9% 21.0%
Atoka 31 8,727 56.1% 63.6% 6.3%
Alcoa 32 8,556 59.0% 27.3% 16.8%
Red Bank 33 11,759 50.4% 14.2% 19.6%
Jackson 34 67,190 58.8% 12.1% 13.0%
Humboldt 35 8,363 50.9% 23.6% 16.2%
Goodlettsville 36 16,466 44.4% 37.5% 11.9%
Hendersonville 37 53,257 48.0% 38.7% 10.4%
Sparta 38 5,036 55.1% 28.5% 11.5%
Pulaski 39 7,734 55.0% 19.7% 14.2%
Mount Juliet 40 27,053 49.4% 43.2% 7.4%
Athens 41 13,603 46.5% 21.2% 15.9%
Chattanooga 42 171,863 47.6% 15.3% 14.5%
Greenbrier 43 6,550 39.3% 49.2% 9.9%
Savannah 44 7,029 36.6% 15.5% 17.6%
Dayton 45 7,316 52.3% 16.5% 11.4%
Oakland 46 6,944 47.7% 70.4% 9.3%
Lexington 47 7,771 49.3% 34.4% 8.3%
Hartsville/Trousdale County 48 7,859 48.5% 57.6% 14.0%
Smyrna 49 42,235 39.6% 39.9% 12.3%
McMinnville 50 13,600 44.5% 20.8% 17.9%
East Ridge 51 21,220 48.8% 14.8% 16.0%
Dickson 52 14,814 56.3% 31.4% 12.7%
Sevierville 53 15,592 48.4% 23.3% 31.0%
Knoxville 54 181,759 50.8% 16.6% 13.4%
Gallatin 55 31,800 40.8% 37.2% 12.9%
Martin 56 11,396 53.7% 13.4% 12.3%
Pigeon Forge 57 6,004 47.1% 26.5% 27.5%
Bolivar 58 5,275 61.6% 19.5% 9.4%
Paris 59 10,165 45.2% 15.5% 14.1%
Elizabethton 60 14,322 36.8% 23.5% 13.6%
Kingsport 61 52,835 46.5% 18.4% 13.3%
Millersville 62 6,481 23.8% 46.2% 19.1%
Bristol 63 26,705 44.0% 23.7% 15.3%
Bartlett 64 57,805 43.5% 37.2% 7.0%
Nolensville 65 6,131 76.4% 47.8% 2.8%
Fairview 66 8,020 58.1% 63.1% 9.9%
Rockwood 67 5,480 57.3% 21.0% 11.9%
Fayetteville 68 6,991 41.3% 28.4% 10.5%
White House 69 10,618 43.0% 49.6% 6.3%
Soddy-Daisy 70 13,109 36.3% 38.2% 14.0%
Franklin 71 66,596 43.6% 31.8% 8.2%
Greeneville 72 15,015 37.2% 16.4% 17.0%
Spring Hill 73 31,467 42.5% 56.9% 5.7%
Munford 74 6,001 29.4% 50.8% 8.4%
Maryville 75 27,824 45.1% 27.1% 7.7%
Tullahoma 76 18,900 41.9% 19.4% 12.4%
Johnson City 77 64,614 48.9% 16.2% 12.5%
Collierville 78 46,780 37.5% 38.6% 4.6%
Jonesborough 79 5,138 48.5% 29.6% 7.3%
Crossville 80 11,125 47.3% 16.9% 14.5%
Loudon 81 5,606 43.9% 28.0% 14.2%
Mount Carmel 82 5,443 40.9% 25.1% 9.8%
Dyersburg 83 16,998 40.8% 18.8% 10.1%
Winchester 84 8,493 33.1% 24.0% 12.0%
Millington 85 11,152 37.2% 36.9% 12.6%
McKenzie 86 5,561 40.1% 27.4% 6.1%
Farragut 87 21,111 40.9% 29.2% 3.5%
Church Hill 88 6,742 35.1% 30.1% 10.3%
Lynchburg 89 6,348 23.7% 31.8% 12.9%
Kingston 90 5,888 35.0% 33.6% 8.1%
Germantown 91 39,207 41.2% 22.0% 4.5%
Lakeland 92 12,549 43.5% 42.0% 7.0%
Oak Ridge 93 29,301 45.1% 22.7% 11.3%
Clinton 94 9,874 36.0% 26.1% 11.7%
Brentwood 95 39,059 39.6% 31.0% 3.4%
Arlington 96 11,623 42.5% 49.1% 4.3%
Signal Mountain 97 8,416 36.7% 25.5% 5.3%

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