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:
Read on to see why these places in West 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 27 places in West Virginia with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
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.
Population: 17,508People With High Rent: 57.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.4%
People Without Insurance: 18.5%
Population: 8,960People With High Rent: 42.0%
People With Long Commute: 21.5%
People Without Insurance: 15.3%
Population: 6,387People With High Rent: 50.5%
People With Long Commute: 20.1%
People Without Insurance: 13.6%
Population: 31,195People With High Rent: 53.1%
People With Long Commute: 12.7%
People Without Insurance: 15.4%
Population: 5,179People With High Rent: 19.3%
People With Long Commute: 36.1%
People Without Insurance: 21.2%
Population: 49,053People With High Rent: 51.5%
People With Long Commute: 14.4%
People Without Insurance: 15.1%
Population: 5,350People With High Rent: 42.5%
People With Long Commute: 27.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.5%
Population: 18,746People With High Rent: 55.7%
People With Long Commute: 26.2%
People Without Insurance: 14.0%
Population: 8,270People With High Rent: 46.0%
People With Long Commute: 29.0%
People Without Insurance: 12.2%
Population: 16,437People With High Rent: 47.0%
People With Long Commute: 14.9%
People Without Insurance: 15.5%