You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.
And there are certain places in Virginia 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 Virginia take being stressed to the next level?
It turns out the good people of Dumfries have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Virginia. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Old Dominion:
Read on to see why these places in Virginia could use a Xanax.
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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 Virginia with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
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 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 Old Dominion.
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.
Population: 5,122People With High Rent: 53.7%
People With Long Commute: 65.8%
People Without Insurance: 17.7%
Population: 40,436People With High Rent: 58.1%
People With Long Commute: 51.9%
People Without Insurance: 21.8%
Population: 244,745People With High Rent: 54.9%
People With Long Commute: 24.5%
People Without Insurance: 16.8%
Population: 14,992People With High Rent: 45.8%
People With Long Commute: 58.3%
People Without Insurance: 24.2%
Population: 8,534People With High Rent: 62.4%
People With Long Commute: 38.1%
People Without Insurance: 16.3%
Population: 211,063People With High Rent: 53.0%
People With Long Commute: 22.2%
People Without Insurance: 17.5%
Population: 96,007People With High Rent: 54.8%
People With Long Commute: 35.7%
People Without Insurance: 13.4%
Population: 32,439People With High Rent: 52.8%
People With Long Commute: 24.3%
People Without Insurance: 19.5%
Population: 23,507People With High Rent: 54.0%
People With Long Commute: 49.5%
People Without Insurance: 12.8%
Population: 136,904People With High Rent: 57.2%
People With Long Commute: 26.9%
People Without Insurance: 13.1%
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