These Are The 10 Most Stressed Cities In America – And 10 That Are Pretty Damn Chill

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There are many ways to deal with stress.

A person could work less, exercise more, make themselves more stressed during tense situations (it helps), and even play more video games.

If none of those ideas help, maybe the problem is where you live.

If you live in any of these cities, your town could be stressful as hell.

With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

So how did WalletHub crunch the numbers and decide which towns were the most and least chill?

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.

Here are the most stressed states on the list.

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Cleveland, OH
  3. Newark, NJ
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Cincinnati, OH
  8. Birmingham, AL
  9. Wilmington, DE
  10. Shreveport, LA

I’m no expert, but there has to be some connection between the most stressed cities being the places a person is more likely to a) get shot or b) cheer for a crappy football team.

Here are some more interesting findings from WalletHub.

  • Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana, Augusta, Georgia and Las Cruces, New Mexico residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 7, 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.

If you live in any of these stressful cities, you should move immediately, and I can’t imagine I’m the first person to break this news.

If you’re looking for a place to go, here’s the list of the 10 least-stressed cities.

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Cedar Rapids, IA
  3. South Burlington, VT
  4. Fargo, ND
  5. Plano, TX
  6. Irvine, CA
  7. Overland Park, KS
  8. Sioux Falls, SD
  9. Bismarck, ND
  10. Fremont, CA

See? No murder and no awful football teams.

Maybe I am an expert.

[via WalletHub]

Chris Illuminati is a 5-time published author and recovering a**hole who writes about success, fitness, parenting and occasionally pro wrestling. Reach out to him on Instagram & Twitter or email