These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Utah

We analyzed over 85 places in Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. West Valley City
  2. South Salt Lake
  3. Sunset
  4. Midvale
  5. Heber
  6. Ogden
  7. Taylorsville
  8. Murray
  9. Clearfield
  10. West Jordan

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

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How We Measured Stress In Utah (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 85 places in Utah 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 85 (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 Beehive 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 85 places we analyzed.

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1. West Valley City

West Valley City, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 132,329People With High Rent: 56.7%
People With Long Commute: 26.6%
People Without Insurance: 24.6%

2. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,315People With High Rent: 57.0%
People With Long Commute: 27.2%
People Without Insurance: 23.4%

3. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145People With High Rent: 46.9%
People With Long Commute: 23.6%
People Without Insurance: 17.4%

4. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,957People With High Rent: 42.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.3%
People Without Insurance: 21.1%

5. Heber

Heber, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,434People With High Rent: 57.6%
People With Long Commute: 38.2%
People Without Insurance: 16.8%

6. Ogden

Ogden, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,767People With High Rent: 47.5%
People With Long Commute: 21.2%
People Without Insurance: 22.7%

7. Taylorsville

Taylorsville, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 59,920People With High Rent: 50.2%
People With Long Commute: 19.2%
People Without Insurance: 18.6%

8. Murray

Murray, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,909People With High Rent: 52.8%
People With Long Commute: 22.9%
People Without Insurance: 14.7%

9. Clearfield

Clearfield, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,361People With High Rent: 50.2%
People With Long Commute: 22.2%
People Without Insurance: 13.1%

10. West Jordan

West Jordan, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,062People With High Rent: 48.1%
People With Long Commute: 32.8%
People Without Insurance: 11.5%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Utah

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
West Valley City 1 132,329 56.7% 26.6% 24.6%
South Salt Lake 2 24,315 57.0% 27.2% 23.4%
Sunset 3 5,145 46.9% 23.6% 17.4%
Midvale 4 29,957 42.5% 27.3% 21.1%
Heber 5 12,434 57.6% 38.2% 16.8%
Ogden 6 83,767 47.5% 21.2% 22.7%
Taylorsville 7 59,920 50.2% 19.2% 18.6%
Murray 8 47,909 52.8% 22.9% 14.7%
Clearfield 9 30,361 50.2% 22.2% 13.1%
West Jordan 10 108,062 48.1% 32.8% 11.5%
Washington Terrace 11 9,140 46.7% 19.0% 15.3%
Tooele 12 32,164 41.2% 50.4% 11.5%
Orem 13 90,485 48.8% 14.7% 17.0%
Salt Lake City 14 189,267 47.7% 18.8% 20.2%
Vernal 15 9,882 50.4% 11.3% 19.5%
Payson 16 18,928 45.4% 33.2% 13.0%
American Fork 17 27,366 50.8% 23.7% 13.7%
Cedar Hills 18 10,025 69.3% 43.2% 6.0%
Alpine 19 9,856 61.2% 36.4% 9.4%
Harrisville 20 5,828 35.4% 22.9% 15.4%
Herriman 21 25,022 47.2% 44.1% 13.2%
Pleasant Grove 22 34,858 47.8% 21.9% 12.9%
Hyrum 23 7,751 47.9% 17.9% 16.6%
Moab 24 5,105 38.5% 11.8% 28.8%
Santaquin 25 9,694 33.3% 32.8% 16.7%
Provo 26 114,804 52.3% 13.5% 15.2%
Sandy 27 89,521 43.6% 29.1% 10.2%
Santa Clara 28 6,404 46.6% 18.2% 15.1%
Bluffdale 29 8,319 44.4% 32.2% 12.5%
Lehi 30 51,982 50.6% 31.0% 8.4%
Cedar City 31 29,175 49.0% 14.2% 19.1%
St. George 32 75,469 49.2% 8.8% 18.8%
Spanish Fork 33 36,337 40.9% 23.6% 12.8%
Riverdale 34 8,532 33.7% 18.7% 14.2%
Roosevelt 35 6,390 45.5% 24.4% 15.3%
Mapleton 36 8,545 43.5% 29.8% 11.6%
Washington 37 20,999 50.1% 14.7% 15.1%
Logan 38 48,933 48.0% 9.8% 14.0%
North Salt Lake 39 17,465 39.3% 21.0% 14.2%
Roy 40 37,472 29.7% 23.2% 12.2%
Fruit Heights 41 5,353 68.8% 29.2% 2.8%
Layton 42 69,508 44.8% 29.6% 9.1%
South Jordan 43 56,528 38.3% 33.1% 9.0%
Enoch 44 6,006 32.6% 13.1% 23.8%
South Weber 45 6,386 57.4% 26.5% 7.4%
Ephraim 46 6,303 32.5% 9.6% 19.8%
Syracuse 47 25,374 56.6% 36.8% 4.9%
South Ogden 48 16,702 45.3% 17.8% 11.7%
Price 49 8,585 36.1% 9.2% 15.4%
Richfield 50 7,550 32.5% 11.6% 18.9%
Cottonwood Heights 51 33,932 31.2% 24.2% 10.6%
Highland 52 16,491 44.6% 32.6% 5.8%
West Haven 53 10,996 42.2% 20.4% 11.6%
Clinton 54 20,796 41.0% 26.5% 7.2%
West Point 55 9,863 77.4% 28.5% 6.3%
Grantsville 56 9,391 26.1% 57.1% 9.4%
Salem 57 6,789 48.5% 25.4% 11.0%
Tremonton 58 7,833 41.7% 17.7% 8.8%
Plain City 59 5,859 100.0% 30.2% 8.2%
Springville 60 30,649 39.9% 18.9% 12.3%
Centerville 61 16,104 48.2% 25.5% 6.7%
Eagle Mountain 62 23,468 38.7% 56.6% 9.8%
North Ogden 63 17,743 34.3% 27.4% 10.2%
Bountiful 64 42,947 37.3% 22.2% 8.9%
Riverton 65 40,274 29.2% 37.1% 6.0%
Draper 66 44,656 40.2% 29.7% 7.2%
Woods Cross 67 10,389 36.8% 18.8% 12.8%
Kaysville 68 28,480 38.6% 29.9% 6.8%
Holladay 69 26,896 38.4% 19.3% 7.9%
Ivins 70 7,184 55.0% 11.8% 13.2%
Saratoga Springs 71 21,061 25.8% 47.0% 5.5%
Brigham City 72 18,264 31.4% 33.3% 8.5%
North Logan 73 9,007 49.5% 7.7% 10.7%
Lindon 74 10,434 41.0% 14.8% 10.4%
Nephi 75 5,442 31.9% 32.2% 8.3%
Smithfield 76 10,233 26.2% 11.7% 10.6%
Providence 77 7,026 43.9% 10.3% 9.2%
Farmington 78 20,440 28.4% 31.9% 8.1%
Park City 79 7,845 38.2% 19.8% 18.3%
Hurricane 80 14,338 45.1% 22.7% 14.0%
Hooper 81 7,720 12.3% 34.2% 4.4%
Farr West 82 6,113 19.2% 20.1% 12.9%
Pleasant View 83 8,426 22.1% 25.2% 7.6%
West Bountiful 84 5,353 26.6% 25.7% 6.3%
Nibley 85 5,866 20.2% 13.7% 9.3%

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