2023’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

Published 7:07 am Monday, July 10, 2023

With 83% of Americans feeling stressed because of inflation, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America, as well as expert commentary.

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 the unemployment rate to divorce and suicide rates.

Most Stressed Cities Least Stressed Cities
1. Cleveland, OH 173. Nashua, NH
2. Detroit, MI 174. Rapid City, SD
3. Baltimore, MD 175. Bismarck, ND
4. Birmingham, AL 176. Burlington, VT
5. Philadelphia, PA 177. Lincoln, NE
6. Shreveport, LA 178. Fargo, ND
7. Memphis, TN 179. Overland Park, KS
8. Fayetteville, NC 180. Sioux Falls, SD
9. St. Louis, MO 181. Fremont, CA
10. Augusta, GA 182. South Burlington, VT

Also making the list was New Orleans at 13 and Baton Rouge at 34.

Best vs. Worst

  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.50 percent, which is 8.1 times lower than in Stockton, CA the city with the highest at 7.40 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 9.02 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.59 percent.
  • Portland, Maine, has the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 10.00 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 25.40 percent.
  • Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted by cost of living), $104,886, which is 3.1 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest at $33,329.

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