With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.
In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.
Most Stressed Cities included these in the top 10: Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Newark, NJ: Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; St. Louis, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Birmingham, AL; Wilmington, DE; Shreveport, LA.
Those cities ranking in the bottom, the 10 Least Stressed Cities, are: San Jose, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; South Burlington, VT; Fargo, ND; Plano, TX; Irvine, CA; Overland Park, KS; Sioux Falls; SD; Bismarck, ND; Fremont, CA.
To view the full report and your city’s rank, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/.
Best vs. Worst: Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana, Augusta, Georgia and Las Cruces, New Mexico residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, seven, which is 23.4 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164.
South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.70 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.00 percent.
Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 10.22 percent, which is four times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.32 percent.
Burlington and South Burlington, Vermont, have the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 9.90 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the highest at 26.90 percent.