To identify the most stressed cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of adults reporting daily stress from the research partnership between polling and health advocacy group Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Gallup’s results are based on roughly 354,500 telephone interviews conducted nationwide between January 2015 and December 2016. Gallup only reported the results for the 189 metropolitan areas in which at least 300 interviews were completed.
We also considered metrics related to common sources of stress — money and work — in U.S. metropolitan areas. For possible money-related stressors, we reviewed poverty rates and housing affordability from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey. For possible work-related stressors, we reviewed average weekly work hours from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as average daily commute times in minutes from the ACS.
The number of violent crimes reported for every 100,000 metro area residents came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report.