10 cities with the lowest stress


Workplace stress can have a big impact on employees, often leading to higher rates of illness, absenteeism and turnover. While employers have put in place some effective well-being strategies that have made meaningful strides in reducing behavioral and biometric risks and fostering emotional well-being, reducing stress remains stubbornly challenging.

Office-related stress plays a big part in a study from WalletHub that compares stress among some of the country’s largest cities. The financial website compared 182 cities across four key dimensions using 39 different metrics: work-related stress, financial-related stress, family-related stress and health and safety-related stress.

Regarding work-related stress, points were tallied based on factors including unemployment rates, average commute times and income growth rates. As for money-related stressors, median incomes and housing affordability were taken into consideration. Family-related stress was calculated using childcare costs rates and parental eave policies while health and safety stressors were calculated using statistics on increases in annual health premiums, suicide rates and mental health.

According to WalletHub, these 10 cities are considered low-stress destinations (ranked 1-182, with 1 being the highest stress level).

10. San Jose, California
Work stress: 145
Financial stress: 176
Family stress: 102
Health and safety stress: 180
Overall score: 33.23
9. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Work stress: 148
Financial stress: 158
Family stress: 177
Health and safety stress: 133
Overall score: 33.19
8. South Burlington, Vermont
Work stress: 4
Financial stress: 177
Family stress: 182
Health and safety stress: 178
Overall score: 32.84
7. Fargo, North Dakota
Work stress: 161
Financial stress: 166
Family stress: 176
Health and safety stress: 124
Overall score: 31.98
6. Plano, Texas
Work stress: 128
Financial stress: 178
Family stress: 158
Health and safety stress: 176
Overall score: 31.96
5. Irvine, California
Work stress: 86
Financial stress: 169
Family stress: 166
Health and safety stress: 179
Overall score: 31.79
4. Overland Park, Kansas
Work stress: 96
Financial stress: 179
Family stress: 172
Health and safety stress: 165
Overall score: 31.14
3. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Work stress: 133
Financial stress: 150
Family stress: 181
Health and safety stress: 150
Overall score: 31.06
2. Bismarck, North Dakota
Work stress: 25
Financial stress: 181
Family stress: 180
Health and safety stress: 160
Overall score: 30.56
1. Fremont, California
Work stress: 28
Financial stress: 182
Family stress: 170
Health and safety stress: 181
Overall score: 29.19