These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Kenosha
  2. Milwaukee
  3. Cudahy
  4. Racine
  5. Beloit
  6. St. Francis
  7. South Milwaukee
  8. Burlington
  9. New Richmond
  10. West Allis

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

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How We Measured Stress In Wisconsin (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 141 places in Wisconsin 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 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 141 (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 Badger 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 141 places we analyzed.

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1. Kenosha

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 99,709People With High Rent: 53.9%
People With Long Commute: 30.5%
People Without Insurance: 11.5%

2. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 598,078People With High Rent: 55.5%
People With Long Commute: 26.1%
People Without Insurance: 14.5%

3. Cudahy

Cudahy, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,321People With High Rent: 49.4%
People With Long Commute: 29.9%
People Without Insurance: 11.6%

4. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,347People With High Rent: 52.3%
People With Long Commute: 23.6%
People Without Insurance: 14.9%

5. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,876People With High Rent: 55.8%
People With Long Commute: 26.3%
People Without Insurance: 14.0%

6. St. Francis

St. Francis, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,488People With High Rent: 46.9%
People With Long Commute: 27.7%
People Without Insurance: 10.2%

7. South Milwaukee

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,210People With High Rent: 45.4%
People With Long Commute: 28.7%
People Without Insurance: 9.8%

8. Burlington

Burlington, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,528People With High Rent: 52.5%
People With Long Commute: 30.9%
People Without Insurance: 11.6%

9. New Richmond

New Richmond, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,501People With High Rent: 54.3%
People With Long Commute: 38.4%
People Without Insurance: 10.4%

10. West Allis

West Allis, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,595People With High Rent: 50.1%
People With Long Commute: 23.3%
People Without Insurance: 9.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Wisconsin

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Kenosha 1 99,709 53.9% 30.5% 11.5%
Milwaukee 2 598,078 55.5% 26.1% 14.5%
Cudahy 3 18,321 49.4% 29.9% 11.6%
Racine 4 78,347 52.3% 23.6% 14.9%
Beloit 5 36,876 55.8% 26.3% 14.0%
St. Francis 6 9,488 46.9% 27.7% 10.2%
South Milwaukee 7 21,210 45.4% 28.7% 9.8%
Burlington 8 10,528 52.5% 30.9% 11.6%
New Richmond 9 8,501 54.3% 38.4% 10.4%
West Allis 10 60,595 50.1% 23.3% 9.8%
Brown Deer 11 12,067 47.8% 29.4% 8.9%
Lake Geneva 12 7,693 49.5% 27.9% 15.8%
Twin Lakes 13 6,033 51.2% 51.5% 9.9%
River Falls 14 15,050 50.7% 35.7% 9.7%
Janesville 15 63,674 48.2% 25.0% 9.4%
Whitewater 16 14,801 67.8% 23.7% 10.0%
Milton 17 5,562 46.3% 26.7% 9.5%
Green Bay 18 104,574 45.2% 14.5% 12.3%
West Bend 19 31,496 41.3% 36.8% 8.0%
Elkhorn 20 10,020 39.7% 28.2% 10.9%
Beaver Dam 21 16,331 46.1% 20.6% 9.4%
Greenfield 22 36,990 40.3% 28.0% 8.5%
Jackson 23 6,773 45.6% 39.3% 4.5%
Wausau 24 39,209 51.0% 9.9% 9.8%
Fond du Lac 25 43,007 42.1% 19.1% 10.1%
Greendale 26 14,208 42.3% 33.6% 6.9%
Mayville 27 5,086 44.8% 27.8% 8.3%
Stevens Point 28 26,778 52.7% 15.9% 8.6%
Fort Atkinson 29 12,436 46.8% 22.4% 9.2%
Waukesha 30 71,083 44.7% 27.9% 8.1%
Delavan 31 8,467 45.2% 20.1% 15.3%
Antigo 32 8,075 51.6% 17.7% 12.8%
Edgerton 33 5,478 35.9% 44.1% 9.6%
Baraboo 34 12,046 49.2% 17.4% 8.5%
New London 35 7,091 33.3% 31.8% 10.9%
Rice Lake 36 8,353 53.2% 15.8% 11.2%
Sheboygan 37 48,918 39.2% 13.8% 11.1%
Stoughton 38 12,886 46.7% 34.1% 6.2%
Rhinelander 39 7,642 53.3% 12.2% 12.8%
Portage 40 10,227 51.3% 26.5% 9.8%
Madison 41 239,848 52.7% 18.3% 7.5%
Sparta 42 9,610 37.7% 22.3% 11.9%
Columbus 43 5,014 38.5% 40.4% 6.7%
Cedarburg 44 11,485 45.6% 31.1% 4.6%
Waterford 45 5,346 30.5% 51.1% 5.0%
Watertown 46 23,899 40.7% 25.0% 6.3%
Marinette 47 10,890 45.7% 9.5% 10.0%
Chippewa Falls 48 13,803 51.5% 15.6% 7.2%
La Crosse 49 51,864 51.5% 9.6% 9.4%
Oshkosh 50 66,430 45.1% 16.0% 8.1%
Evansville 51 5,089 43.3% 49.5% 7.5%
Menomonie 52 16,219 46.6% 19.2% 10.5%
Glendale 53 12,893 52.0% 23.7% 6.9%
Hudson 54 13,023 45.8% 34.4% 4.8%
Menasha 55 17,535 44.6% 14.8% 7.7%
Merrill 56 9,491 38.7% 26.7% 8.7%
Pleasant Prairie 57 20,015 44.6% 38.0% 6.4%
Hartland 58 9,161 44.4% 29.0% 6.9%
Oconomowoc 59 15,990 46.3% 34.9% 5.6%
Wisconsin Rapids 60 18,162 43.5% 21.4% 7.8%
Allouez 61 13,948 48.3% 10.3% 6.6%
Reedsburg 62 9,411 51.7% 17.1% 10.4%
Eau Claire 63 67,036 51.5% 10.5% 7.8%
Sturtevant 64 6,981 45.5% 28.7% 6.7%
Richland Center 65 5,128 45.5% 18.2% 10.1%
Caledonia 66 24,689 48.1% 32.5% 6.1%
Mount Horeb 67 7,286 40.1% 34.9% 6.8%
Platteville 68 11,480 60.3% 19.6% 7.3%
Superior 69 26,932 48.9% 10.6% 11.9%
Fitchburg 70 26,050 46.3% 18.2% 14.6%
Hartford 71 14,251 37.1% 41.4% 7.3%
Monroe 72 10,807 47.0% 12.2% 8.2%
Jefferson 73 7,968 40.0% 34.3% 7.6%
Shawano 74 9,202 43.2% 23.5% 9.1%
Port Washington 75 11,401 39.1% 32.5% 6.5%
Shorewood 76 13,245 37.6% 25.2% 7.6%
Oak Creek 77 34,823 35.8% 35.4% 7.3%
Sun Prairie 78 30,601 42.7% 26.3% 5.2%
Monona 79 7,711 43.8% 20.3% 5.2%
Kaukauna 80 15,649 43.1% 17.8% 7.7%
Manitowoc 81 33,443 38.8% 14.8% 7.0%
Hales Corners 82 7,749 44.0% 27.2% 2.7%
Prairie du Chien 83 5,829 46.0% 13.4% 9.8%
Berlin 84 5,451 32.2% 25.9% 10.8%
Ashland 85 8,167 44.6% 11.7% 10.3%
Cottage Grove 86 6,533 47.6% 28.3% 3.0%
Lake Mills 87 5,768 26.0% 40.5% 7.4%
Franklin 88 35,920 45.5% 39.0% 4.7%
Pewaukee 89 8,233 41.0% 26.4% 4.3%
Neenah 90 25,697 42.9% 11.8% 7.5%
Ashwaubenon 91 17,065 41.3% 10.9% 7.1%
Fox Point 92 6,695 44.2% 28.2% 2.0%
Appleton 93 72,861 38.3% 15.5% 8.3%
Plover 94 12,195 40.6% 13.3% 7.6%
Middleton 95 18,185 39.5% 21.0% 5.7%
Weston 96 14,937 48.0% 8.3% 7.8%
Ripon 97 7,699 34.3% 21.9% 8.8%
De Pere 98 24,216 38.5% 13.8% 6.2%
Waupun 99 11,336 39.0% 22.8% 5.7%
Sheboygan Falls 100 7,796 37.8% 10.8% 6.1%
Altoona 101 6,940 31.8% 9.8% 10.1%
Sturgeon Bay 102 9,093 40.2% 17.0% 7.5%
Wauwatosa 103 46,838 41.9% 18.2% 3.7%
North Fond du Lac 104 5,000 42.7% 15.7% 4.4%
Oregon 105 9,629 31.4% 26.3% 4.4%
New Berlin 106 39,712 44.5% 26.7% 4.5%
Kimberly 107 6,590 38.6% 14.7% 3.7%
Two Rivers 108 11,577 36.2% 15.4% 5.8%
Brookfield 109 37,971 42.6% 22.6% 4.1%
Mount Pleasant 110 26,220 31.6% 25.9% 6.2%
Grafton 111 11,539 35.6% 30.2% 3.8%
Marshfield 112 18,514 44.3% 12.0% 5.0%
Whitefish Bay 113 14,132 35.4% 21.1% 3.2%
Menomonee Falls 114 35,828 46.8% 24.9% 3.3%
Holmen 115 9,335 31.4% 20.5% 5.1%
Bellevue 116 14,936 43.2% 13.4% 7.6%
Mequon 117 23,300 48.9% 28.5% 2.7%
Onalaska 118 18,148 38.7% 12.9% 5.3%
Waunakee 119 12,613 41.6% 23.8% 2.5%
McFarland 120 8,009 45.2% 16.4% 3.4%
Slinger 121 5,131 39.0% 36.1% 1.6%
Mukwonago 122 7,426 36.0% 42.8% 5.3%
Germa 123 19,791 40.6% 26.9% 3.5%
Tomah 124 9,281 38.1% 12.6% 7.1%
Sussex 125 10,632 32.7% 28.2% 5.8%
DeForest 126 9,232 36.2% 31.4% 4.8%
Plymouth 127 8,408 32.8% 16.3% 5.2%
Muskego 128 24,387 43.0% 37.3% 3.6%
Little Chute 129 10,520 27.3% 17.4% 4.6%
Delafield 130 7,136 36.0% 30.3% 4.2%
Verona 131 11,353 30.3% 29.7% 4.2%
Waupaca 132 6,016 31.5% 16.6% 6.1%
Howard 133 18,313 30.0% 10.1% 7.3%
Richfield 134 11,365 28.0% 31.5% 3.0%
Rothschild 135 5,279 42.1% 10.2% 6.6%
Suamico 136 11,621 37.3% 20.3% 3.9%
Hobart 137 6,951 31.0% 13.1% 7.2%
Elm Grove 138 5,985 9.0% 13.7% 1.9%
Kronenwetter 139 7,330 32.0% 17.6% 6.6%
Pewaukee 140 13,599 29.4% 30.4% 1.4%
Lake Hallie 141 6,550 30.4% 9.5% 6.5%

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