The analysts at WalletHub compared the 150 largest cities in the United States. By categorizing stress into 4 sections—family, work, financial, and health and safety stress—across 30 metrics including job security, income, and those in poor health, the analysts were able to rank the cities from most to least stressed.
Maybe you think New York City or Los Angeles is the most stressed city, But nope! According to WalletHub, Newark, New Jersey, is overall the most stressed city in America. Newark had a total score of 60.28 / 100. (Each of the four stress categories equals 25 points. The lower the score, the better). The city is ranked number one in work stress, four in financial stress, and seven in both family stress and health and safety stress. So why aren’t the larger cities more stressed? WalletHub Analyst, Jill Gonzalez, says that while larger cities to tend to have high levels of stress, they also have better health systems and more active locals, so face lower health-related stress rate. “We actually thought some of the largest cities like New York, LA, or Chicago would rank higher, but that didn’t turn out to be the case,” she says.
The city that won this coveted spot is Freemont, California. Located about 40 miles south of San Francisco, Freemont scored a total score of 29.03, ranking 14 in work stress, 147 in financial stress, 149 in family stress, and 150 in health and safety stress. Besides facing high work-related stress, the residents of Freemont don’t seem to have a ton of stress related to finances, family, and health. Is your job giving you a ton of added stress? Here are 36 almost effortless ways to make your work day less stressful.