A tale of 182 cities

Most & least stressed-out cities 2018: How harrowed is your hometown?

New analysis by personal finance website WalletHub looks at key metrics—including average weekly work hours, debt load and divorce and suicide rates—to rank more than 180 U.S. cities by stress level.


Although Detroit is in the early stages of an economic revival, it is currently the most stressed out city in America, according to a new report from personal finance website WalletHub.

The Motor City was followed by Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, which are the top three most-stressed cities. On the other end of the spectrum: Fremont, California, located in the San Francisco Bay area and home to the principal production facility for Tesla cars; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were ranked the least stressful cities in the U.S.

Source: WalletHub

The leading causes of stress in the U.S. are money, work, family and relationships, in that order, the WalletHub report noted, and work-related stress may cost America roughly $300 billion annually.

Larger cities and those near major metropolitan areas tended to have higher levels of stress. Regionally, the more densely populated eastern half of the nation and the Gulf states have more stressed-out cities.

Workers in Anchorage, Alaska, logged the most hours weekly, while those in Burlington, Vermont, have the shortest workweeks.

To determine the cities where Americans were most and least stressed, WalletHub ranked 182 cities—including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state—across four key areas: work stress, financial stress, family stress and health and safety stress. The personal finance website vetted factors such as average weekly work hours and debt load as well as divorce and suicide rates.

WalletHub’s 10 most-stressed cities:

1. Detroit

2. Newark, New Jersey

3. Cleveland

4.. Birmingham, Alabama

5. Toledo, Ohio

6. Baltimore, Maryland

7. Wilmington, Delaware

8. Milwaukee

9. Gulfport, Mississippi

10. St. Louis, Missouri

According to WalletHub, these are the 10 least-stressed cities:

182. Fremont, California

181. Bismarck, North Dakota

180. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

179. Overland Park, Kansas

178. South Burlington, Vermont

177. Scottsdale, Arizona

176. Irvine, California

175. San Jose, California

174. Madison, Wisconsin

173. Lincoln, Nebraska

You can see the full study and read about the methodology at WalletHub. Some other recent rankings worth checking out, if you haven’t seen them:

Best and worst states for doctor work, life happiness, according to Medscape—When Medscape ranked the 2018 best and worst states for doctors, they focused on factors critical to job satisfaction but also weighed things related to life outside work.

Best and worst states for doctors in 2018: How’s medicine where you live?—A WalletHub analysis considers physicians’ salary, competition, and price of malpractice insurance to rank “best” and “worst” states.

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