These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Washington

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 Washington 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 Washington take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Toppenish have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Washington. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Evergreen State:

  1. Toppenish
  2. Grandview
  3. Kent
  4. Pacific
  5. Seatac
  6. Federal Way
  7. Woodland
  8. Lakewood
  9. Sunnyside
  10. Tukwila

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

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How We Measured Stress In Washington (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 118 places in Washington 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 118 (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 Evergreen 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 118 places we analyzed.

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1. Toppenish

Toppenish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,007People With High Rent: 61.9%
People With Long Commute: 25.7%
People Without Insurance: 36.5%

2. Grandview

Grandview, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,023People With High Rent: 66.9%
People With Long Commute: 31.0%
People Without Insurance: 26.7%

3. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 122,620People With High Rent: 56.7%
People With Long Commute: 44.9%
People Without Insurance: 16.3%

4. Pacific

Pacific, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,845People With High Rent: 51.4%
People With Long Commute: 43.5%
People Without Insurance: 17.3%

5. Seatac


Population: 27,606 People With High Rent: 53.8%
People With Long Commute: 42.5%
People Without Insurance: 23.2%

6. Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 91,676People With High Rent: 53.8%
People With Long Commute: 47.4%
People Without Insurance: 16.3%

7. Woodland

Woodland, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,535People With High Rent: 53.6%
People With Long Commute: 43.7%
People Without Insurance: 19.3%

8. Lakewood

Lakewood, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,890People With High Rent: 57.3%
People With Long Commute: 29.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.8%

9. Sunnyside

Sunnyside, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,038People With High Rent: 52.9%
People With Long Commute: 30.4%
People Without Insurance: 35.9%

10. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,573People With High Rent: 56.4%
People With Long Commute: 39.4%
People Without Insurance: 19.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Washington

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Toppenish 1 9,007 61.9% 25.7% 36.5%
Grandview 2 11,023 66.9% 31.0% 26.7%
Kent 3 122,620 56.7% 44.9% 16.3%
Pacific 4 6,845 51.4% 43.5% 17.3%
SeaTac 5 27,606 53.8% 42.5% 23.2%
Federal Way 6 91,676 53.8% 47.4% 16.3%
Woodland 7 5,535 53.6% 43.7% 19.3%
Lakewood 8 58,890 57.3% 29.0% 13.8%
Sunnyside 9 16,038 52.9% 30.4% 35.9%
Tukwila 10 19,573 56.4% 39.4% 19.8%
Lynnwood 11 36,267 54.0% 44.2% 17.0%
Tacoma 12 201,794 50.2% 34.7% 16.2%
Everett 13 104,708 51.2% 33.7% 17.2%
Marysville 14 62,472 53.6% 44.2% 12.7%
Monroe 15 17,564 50.7% 52.3% 16.9%
Burien 16 49,291 51.6% 38.3% 15.7%
Wapato 17 5,043 41.1% 22.2% 38.3%
Yakima 18 92,806 54.6% 15.7% 21.9%
Shoreline 19 54,254 51.3% 47.9% 11.6%
Mount Vernon 20 32,356 62.3% 28.6% 18.9%
Arlington 21 18,370 53.8% 46.3% 12.7%
Auburn 22 73,403 52.9% 43.6% 14.8%
Sedro-Woolley 23 10,645 51.9% 24.4% 16.6%
Othello 24 7,524 52.3% 27.4% 22.5%
Vancouver 25 165,554 49.5% 27.3% 15.9%
Des Moines 26 30,403 45.7% 38.4% 17.3%
Centralia 27 16,664 57.2% 23.0% 15.4%
Cheney 28 11,014 61.0% 29.6% 12.7%
Shelton 29 9,798 50.4% 33.5% 20.1%
Washougal 30 14,563 44.4% 42.5% 15.0%
Renton 31 95,479 47.7% 45.7% 15.0%
Puyallup 32 38,092 49.5% 39.2% 14.0%
Hoquiam 33 8,560 52.9% 27.4% 20.0%
Kelso 34 11,837 56.6% 20.5% 16.3%
Longview 35 36,589 59.3% 17.7% 12.5%
Ocean Shores 36 5,609 56.9% 33.8% 14.0%
Mountlake Terrace 37 20,318 48.6% 39.9% 14.5%
University Place 38 31,670 49.0% 30.5% 9.7%
Lake Stevens 39 29,258 47.2% 48.6% 11.6%
Port Orchard 40 12,715 55.8% 33.8% 10.6%
Clarkston 41 7,318 49.3% 10.8% 18.6%
Airway Heights 42 6,356 67.5% 23.4% 16.5%
Orting 43 6,941 36.2% 59.6% 12.9%
Burlington 44 8,466 50.5% 24.2% 17.8%
Battle Ground 45 18,168 48.5% 44.9% 12.6%
Enumclaw 46 11,388 45.5% 54.5% 13.2%
Yelm 47 7,398 49.2% 53.1% 8.9%
Chehalis 48 7,265 57.0% 25.6% 14.2%
Maple Valley 49 24,040 43.9% 64.5% 6.7%
Sequim 50 6,651 53.7% 26.2% 14.5%
East Wenatchee 51 13,403 44.4% 15.6% 19.1%
Duvall 52 7,185 48.4% 56.2% 5.7%
Ellensburg 53 18,455 64.1% 15.6% 14.6%
Spokane 54 210,142 52.4% 18.8% 13.5%
Bonney Lake 55 18,040 50.5% 53.8% 9.6%
Port Angeles 56 19,125 57.1% 15.8% 12.1%
Bremerton 57 38,664 50.9% 22.8% 15.2%
Fife 58 9,346 44.3% 36.0% 18.4%
Covington 59 18,361 50.7% 53.7% 7.9%
Brier 60 6,255 51.0% 43.1% 10.0%
Aberdeen 61 16,544 45.0% 23.9% 18.3%
Prosser 62 5,793 47.9% 29.2% 14.8%
Kenmore 63 21,263 48.2% 53.5% 8.7%
Fircrest 64 6,592 64.7% 25.7% 6.6%
Lacey 65 44,031 48.9% 29.8% 10.7%
Bothell 66 34,920 52.4% 41.7% 9.1%
Spokane Valley 67 90,829 51.3% 19.0% 14.8%
Sumner 68 9,548 45.8% 47.8% 13.7%
Quincy 69 7,075 41.4% 15.3% 24.1%
Bellingham 70 82,080 55.7% 14.6% 11.9%
Union Gap 71 6,061 52.7% 16.7% 32.0%
Seattle 72 637,850 44.6% 37.5% 10.4%
Kennewick 73 75,971 51.0% 23.0% 17.0%
Wenatchee 74 32,627 44.0% 14.0% 20.3%
Lake Forest Park 75 12,938 44.5% 49.1% 8.0%
Snohomish 76 9,326 46.4% 41.6% 14.0%
Pullman 77 30,851 65.6% 6.9% 9.8%
Olympia 78 47,847 50.5% 21.9% 12.3%
Steilacoom 79 6,083 56.7% 37.1% 7.2%
Edmonds 80 40,343 43.1% 47.2% 7.6%
Ferndale 81 12,040 54.2% 15.3% 10.8%
Walla Walla 82 31,895 51.6% 9.1% 14.8%
Pasco 83 65,858 43.4% 21.1% 20.6%
Kirkland 84 83,320 40.4% 33.7% 8.6%
Milton 85 7,260 33.5% 34.1% 12.0%
Gig Harbor 86 7,620 41.5% 32.7% 10.0%
Lynden 87 12,579 52.1% 31.9% 9.7%
Edgewood 88 9,538 45.3% 41.0% 10.6%
Oak Harbor 89 22,220 47.0% 15.8% 9.6%
Moses Lake 90 21,141 39.8% 15.3% 15.2%
Mukilteo 91 20,635 42.1% 32.4% 9.5%
Mill Creek 92 18,667 39.4% 44.8% 7.6%
Bellevue 93 132,268 36.5% 27.8% 9.3%
Stanwood 94 6,468 41.7% 40.5% 8.1%
Woodinville 95 11,201 46.0% 42.6% 8.4%
Ridgefield 96 5,373 10.7% 50.1% 12.2%
Normandy Park 97 6,491 35.9% 35.9% 10.1%
College Place 98 8,905 42.3% 9.4% 15.4%
Issaquah 99 32,551 37.2% 42.7% 6.7%
Port Townsend 100 9,168 47.2% 15.3% 9.2%
Liberty Lake 101 8,027 47.5% 20.3% 7.0%
Camas 102 20,458 46.2% 33.5% 7.3%
Anacortes 103 15,965 48.3% 24.7% 9.8%
Snoqualmie 104 11,625 37.9% 51.8% 2.8%
North Bend 105 6,127 44.1% 38.5% 7.9%
Redmond 106 56,704 33.4% 25.7% 7.7%
Sammamish 107 49,077 28.3% 46.6% 2.6%
Newcastle 108 10,792 38.4% 37.2% 6.1%
Bainbridge Island 109 23,206 38.6% 48.2% 5.3%
Connell 110 5,130 34.0% 23.8% 17.4%
Mercer Island 111 23,636 40.5% 24.4% 3.0%
Poulsbo 112 9,436 43.7% 23.3% 8.6%
Selah 113 7,328 43.9% 9.4% 12.3%
Richland 114 51,116 41.8% 19.0% 9.1%
Ephrata 115 7,888 34.4% 26.9% 10.4%
Tumwater 116 18,128 41.2% 20.2% 9.3%
West Richland 117 12,680 38.3% 23.8% 9.7%
DuPont 118 8,851 47.5% 15.8% 2.1%