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America's 10 Most Stressful Cities

Detroit is a tough town. Fremont, CA, not so much
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
Not a relaxed city view.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Stress, death, and taxes—all inevitable, right? Maybe so, but a WalletHub analysis of 180 US cities finds they inflict stress in unequal measure. Analyzing 37 metrics like suicide rates, debt load, divorce, and average work hours per week, researchers boiled them down to four stress areas: work, finance, family, and health & safety. Here are the top 10 with their two highest rankings among the above areas:

  1. Detroit, MI (1st in "Health & Safety" and 3rd in "Financial")
  2. Newark, NJ (1st in "Work" and "Family")
  3. Cleveland, OH (2nd in "Financial" and 6th in "Family")
  4. Birmingham, AL (4th in "Health" and 5th in "Financial")
  5. Toledo, OH (5th in "Health & Safety" and 7th in "Financial")
  6. Baltimore, MD (8th in "Financial" and 10th in "Family")
  7. Wilmington, DE (7th in "Work" and 28th in "Health & Safety")
  8. Milwaukee, WI (12th in "Family" and 14th in "Financial")
  9. Gulfport, MS (3rd in "Health & Safety" and 18th in "Financial")
  10. St. Louis, MO (17th in "Healthy & Safety" and 19th in "Financial")

Which are least stressful? From the bottom: Fremont, CA; Bismarck, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; Overland Park, KS; South Burlington, VT; Scottsdale, AZ; Irvine, CA; San Jose, CA; Madison, WI; Lincoln, NE; and Fargo, ND. In other stress news, Forbes reports on a study that identifies eight stress-reducing factors including outdoor activity, charitable acts, spiritual practices, and a day of rest. (Or see how marital battles can give men health problems.)

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