Money and work are routinely the leading causes of stress in the United States, one of the richest and busiest countries in the world. More recent surveys of the American public have revealed concerns over the future of our nation as the most significant source of stress.
A strong majority of Americans of all ages believes this is the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember. And while the economy has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, with aggregate income on the rise, many Americans continue to face rising debt burdens, stagnant wages, and poverty.
According to the American Psychological Association, stress levels of Americans have remained unchanged over the past several years. However, common symptoms of stress such as anxiety, anger, and fatigue, have become more frequently reported.
In its latest annual review of stress in America, the APA identifies the five largest sources of stress of Americans in the following order: the future of our nation, money, work, the current political climate, and violence and crime. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of data in these categories in an attempt to quantify the likelihood of living in stress in each of the nation’s large urban areas.
Stress seems a relatively normal experience among Americans as reported stress levels do not vary much across the United States. The underlying causes of stress, however, vary considerably between regions.