These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Vermont

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 Vermont 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 Vermont take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Bellows Falls have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Vermont. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Green Mountain State:

  1. Bellows Falls
  2. St. Albans
  3. Windsor
  4. Fair Haven
  5. Bennington
  6. Winooski
  7. Barre
  8. Burlington
  9. Rutland
  10. St. Johnsbury

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

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How We Measured Stress In Vermont (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 25 places in Vermont 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 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 25 (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 Green Mountain 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 25 places we analyzed.

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1. Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,766People With High Rent: 56.4%
People With Long Commute: 18.4%
People Without Insurance: 10.2%

2. St. Albans

St. Albans, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,889People With High Rent: 62.5%
People With Long Commute: 39.5%
People Without Insurance: 6.5%

3. Windsor


Population: 2,138 People With High Rent: 57.1%
People With Long Commute: 32.7%
People Without Insurance: 10.0%

4. Fair Haven


Population: 2,347 People With High Rent: 47.1%
People With Long Commute: 28.9%
People Without Insurance: 16.4%

5. Bennington


Population: 8,933 People With High Rent: 60.5%
People With Long Commute: 14.0%
People Without Insurance: 7.6%

6. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,250People With High Rent: 54.8%
People With Long Commute: 19.3%
People Without Insurance: 7.3%

7. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,955People With High Rent: 57.5%
People With Long Commute: 20.0%
People Without Insurance: 6.7%

8. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,342People With High Rent: 58.3%
People With Long Commute: 16.6%
People Without Insurance: 6.4%

9. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,217People With High Rent: 56.2%
People With Long Commute: 13.6%
People Without Insurance: 6.5%

10. St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,922People With High Rent: 52.3%
People With Long Commute: 18.6%
People Without Insurance: 9.3%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Vermont

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Bellows Falls 1 2,766 56.4% 18.4% 10.2%
St. Albans 2 6,889 62.5% 39.5% 6.5%
Windsor 3 2,138 57.1% 32.7% 10.0%
Fair Haven 4 2,347 47.1% 28.9% 16.4%
Bennington 5 8,933 60.5% 14.0% 7.6%
Winooski 6 7,250 54.8% 19.3% 7.3%
Barre 7 8,955 57.5% 20.0% 6.7%
Burlington 8 42,342 58.3% 16.6% 6.4%
Rutland 9 16,217 56.2% 13.6% 6.5%
St. Johnsbury 10 5,922 52.3% 18.6% 9.3%
Swanton 11 2,389 49.2% 33.5% 6.3%
Brattleboro 12 7,132 46.6% 13.1% 7.0%
Newport 13 4,535 58.0% 15.8% 7.0%
Springfield 14 3,913 49.9% 22.8% 6.2%
Essex Junction 15 9,552 59.8% 14.5% 4.5%
Randolph 16 2,361 45.5% 30.7% 8.8%
Morrisville 17 2,194 45.2% 27.0% 9.2%
Vergennes 18 2,579 35.6% 33.2% 5.6%
White River Junction 19 2,327 34.6% 7.2% 14.2%
Northfield 20 2,677 57.3% 21.5% 3.8%
Montpelier 21 7,760 39.9% 21.8% 6.4%
West Brattleboro 22 2,758 38.1% 16.7% 5.5%
South Burlington 23 18,378 44.0% 8.9% 5.1%
Manchester Center 24 2,211 49.1% 8.9% 2.1%
Middlebury 25 6,713 49.5% 9.1% 5.0%

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