2020’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America
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2020’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Jul 16, 2020

The COVID-19 health crisis has presented challenges for people around the world. In the United States alone, where there are currently more than 3 million reported cases, people are coping with working from home, finding childcare, and coping with job loss and financial insecurity.

If you are stressed, you’re not alone. A new survey from WalletHub ranked the stress levels of 182 cities across the country to find those with the most and least stressed residents.

WalletHub used 42 different metrics to give the cities a stress “score,” with 100 representing the highest amount of stress feasible. These metrics fall under four categories, including work stress, financial stress, family stress, and health and safety stress.

So, which U.S. city is least stressed out overall?

Lincoln, Nebraska is the least stressed city, with a total score of 35.49. Lincoln has very low work stress, financial stress, family stress, and health and safety stress, according to WalletHub.

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As for the cities with the most stress, Cleveland, Ohio, took the number one spot, with a total score of 66.93.

According to the survey, Cleveland was ranked as having the highest level of “financial stress” and the second-highest poverty rate. Census data shows that 35% of Cleveland residents and more than 50% of children in the city live in poverty. The median household income in Cleveland was $29,008 as of 2018, according to Census data. WalletHub’s study also ranked within the top five highest stress levels related to family, health, and safety in the WalletHub survey. 

Cities in the U.S. with the least stress: 

  1. Lincoln, Nebraska
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  4. Fargo, North Dakota
  5. Overland Park, Kansas
  6. Bismarck, North Dakota
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. South Burlington, Vermont
  9. Freemont, California
  10. Billings, Montana

Cities with the most stress:

  1. Cleveland, Ohio
  2. Detroit, Michigan
  3. Birmingham, Alabama
  4. Gulfport, Mississippi 
  5. Newark, New Jersey
  6. Baltimore, Maryland
  7. New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. St. Louis, Missouri 
  9. Mobile, Alabama
  10. Jackson, Mississippi