Stress has been dubbed “the health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization. In the U.S., over 100 million Americans have reported being affected by it.
The four key sources—in order of impact—of these feelings include:
• Money (71 percent)
• Work (69 percent)
• Family (55 percent)
• Relationships (51 percent)
While some amount of stress, particularly in the workplace, is not bad—and, in fact, can be essential for productive performance—too much, too often can take a toll.
Organizations lose an estimated $300 billion a year as a result of approximately 1 million employees missing work each day due to stress—costing companies an average of $702 per employee.
WalletHub compared data of more than 180 U.S. cities across 39 key metrics to determine where Americans are coping with stress the best (and worst).
These metrics included:
• Work stress (weekly work hours, job security, traffic congestion, unemployment rate)
• Financial stress (income, debt, foreclosure rate)
• Family stress (divorce rate, childcare cost, social ties)
• Health and safety stress (suicide rate, physical activity, number of smokers and binge drinkers)
In all, reported findings put Detroit as the top city with the most stressed workers (62.7 percent), with Cleveland (61.1 percent) and Newark (59.1 percent) coming in second and third place, respectively.
Fremont, CA, was found to be the least stressed city (29.2 percent), with Bismarck, ND, (30.6 percent), and Sioux Falls, SD (31. 1 percent), coming in second and third least, respectively.
See the full list of rankings from 180 cities here.
ODs looking to secure positions or relocate may want to keep this data in mind.
We checked in with a few ODs for their reactions on their cities’ ranking.