Just being alive is stressful. Ideally, you’d like to live in a place that inspires serenity, but if you’re a denizen of any major American city, it’s likely that you get stressed sometimes. Wishful thinkers will tell you the grass is always greener, but according to some extensive research compiled by WalletHub, which determined both the least and most stressed cities in the country for 2017, the answer to your anxious prayers might be just around the corner.
Using a team of twelve academic researchers, WalletHub cited data gathered by various government agencies and independent studies. The analysts compared the 150 most populous cities in the country across four key metrics: 1) Work Stress, 2) Financial Stress, 3) Family Stress, and 4) Health & Safety Stress, using various criteria, such as job security, unemployment rate, income growth and divorce rates to bolster their findings. Cities were given a score out of an available 100 points, with the higher tally meaning more stress and lower scores meaning the opposite.