Whether it’s caused by money, work, or just life, itself, stress can sometimes seem downright inescapable.
Out all the factors normally associated with stress, geography is rarely one of them, but it appears that some cities in the U.S. really do have it worse than others.
However, as AL.com reveals, some of “America’s Most Stressed Out Cities” aren’t the buzzing beehives — such as Los Angeles or New York City — that one might expect:
The list, which comes from a study conducted by WalletHub, took 27 factors into account to determine its findings.
In addition to more obvious ones like work, family, and money, WalletHub also looked at issues like health, safety, and even how well residents cope with stress.
Applying these factors to the 150 most-populated cities in the U.S., WalletHub and its experts found the following 10 to be the “most stressed”:
- Detroit, Michigan
- Mobile, Alabama
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Shreveport, Louisiana
- Colombus, Georgia
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Newark, New Jersey
- Montgomery, Alabama
Though it may not be the first area to come to mind when considering stress, Alabama appears more times in the top 10 than any other state.
The cities one might expect to see high up on the list, such as Los Angeles and New York City, don’t appear until much further down — coming in at #57 and #63, respectively.
It wasn’t all bad news, though.
According to the American Psychological Association, general levels of stress in the U.S. have actually been on the decline since 2007.
With the eyes of the nation turning towards the culmination of a particularly heated presidential election cycle, however, it’ll be interesting to see how this trend reacts.
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