WASHINGTON – With nearly four in 10 Americans experiencing significant stress due to COVID-19, WalletHub, a personal-finance website, released its report on “2020’s Most and Least Stressed Cities in America,” Monday, July 13.
Determining where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub compared 182 cities across 42 key metrics. Regionally, the city of Riverside ranked 118 overall, and San Diego ranked 122. The data set ranges from how vulnerable the state is to COVID-19 to average weekly work hours to divorce and suicide rates.
The top 10 most stressed cities were Cleveland; Detroit; Birmingham, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; Newark, New Jersey; Baltimore; New Orleans; St. Louis; Mobile, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi.
The 10 least stressed cities included Lincoln, Nebraska; Boise, Idaho; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Overland Park, Kansas; Bismarck, North Dakota; Madison, Wisconsin; South Burlington, Vermont; Fremont and Billings, Montana.
In comparing the best versus worst results, WalletHub found that Lincoln, Nebraska, has the lowest unemployment rate at 5.10%, which is 7.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 39.20%.
In California, Fremont has the lowest divorce rate at 9.35%, which is 4.4 times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.03%.
Burlington and South Burlington, Vermont, have the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health at 9.90%, which is 2.7 times lower than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the highest at 26.90%.
Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median annual household income adjusted by cost of living at $93,808, which is 3.3 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $28,213.
To view the full report, visit https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/.
Submitted by WalletHub.