These Are The 10 Stressed Places In West Virginia

We analyzed over 27 places in West Virginia 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 West 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 West Virginia take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Martinsburg
  2. Moundsville
  3. Princeton
  4. Parkersburg
  5. Grafton
  6. Huntington
  7. Keyser
  8. Fairmont
  9. Oak Hill
  10. Clarksburg

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

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How We Measured Stress In West Virginia (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 27 places in West Virginia 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 27 (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 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 27 places we analyzed.

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1. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,508People With High Rent: 57.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.4%
People Without Insurance: 18.5%

2. Moundsville

Moundsville, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,960People With High Rent: 42.0%
People With Long Commute: 21.5%
People Without Insurance: 15.3%

3. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,387People With High Rent: 50.5%
People With Long Commute: 20.1%
People Without Insurance: 13.6%

4. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,195People With High Rent: 53.1%
People With Long Commute: 12.7%
People Without Insurance: 15.4%

5. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,179People With High Rent: 19.3%
People With Long Commute: 36.1%
People Without Insurance: 21.2%

6. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,053People With High Rent: 51.5%
People With Long Commute: 14.4%
People Without Insurance: 15.1%

7. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350People With High Rent: 42.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.5%

8. Fairmont

Fairmont, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,746People With High Rent: 55.7%
People With Long Commute: 26.2%
People Without Insurance: 14.0%

9. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,270People With High Rent: 46.0%
People With Long Commute: 29.0%
People Without Insurance: 12.2%

10. Clarksburg

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,437People With High Rent: 47.0%
People With Long Commute: 14.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.5%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In West Virginia

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Martinsburg 1 17,508 57.5% 27.4% 18.5%
Moundsville 2 8,960 42.0% 21.5% 15.3%
Princeton 3 6,387 50.5% 20.1% 13.6%
Parkersburg 4 31,195 53.1% 12.7% 15.4%
Grafton 5 5,179 19.3% 36.1% 21.2%
Huntington 6 49,053 51.5% 14.4% 15.1%
Keyser 7 5,350 42.5% 27.7% 11.5%
Fairmont 8 18,746 55.7% 26.2% 14.0%
Oak Hill 9 8,270 46.0% 29.0% 12.2%
Clarksburg 10 16,437 47.0% 14.9% 15.5%
Elkins 11 7,241 49.2% 7.4% 15.6%
Charles Town 12 5,464 40.1% 42.6% 11.4%
Morgantown 13 30,133 53.0% 14.4% 12.3%
Hurricane 14 6,352 51.9% 38.1% 6.5%
Dunbar 15 7,844 36.7% 13.5% 14.6%
St. Albans 16 10,939 29.9% 27.3% 13.1%
Buckhannon 17 5,646 41.3% 22.6% 14.3%
New Martinsville 18 5,322 59.3% 16.4% 11.8%
Vienna 19 10,654 46.1% 15.2% 13.0%
Beckley 20 17,529 37.6% 14.1% 15.3%
Weirton 21 19,523 39.6% 34.7% 10.5%
Wheeling 22 28,129 47.2% 17.7% 11.5%
Charleston 23 50,911 40.9% 11.8% 11.8%
South Charleston 24 13,380 35.6% 11.8% 12.6%
Nitro 25 6,860 34.6% 20.6% 7.9%
Bluefield 26 10,465 43.3% 10.1% 11.4%
Bridgeport 27 8,316 32.6% 17.9% 7.7%

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