2024’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With workplace-related stress costing the economy $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2024’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America, as well as expert commentary, to show where people are struggling and may need assistance.

WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to the unemployment rate to divorce and suicide rates.

Most Stressed Cities Least Stressed Cities
1. Cleveland, OH 173. Overland Park, KS
2. Detroit, MI 174. Portland, ME
3. Baltimore, MD 175. Nashua, NH
4. Memphis, TN 176. Boise, ID
5. Gulfport, MS 177. Sioux Falls, SD
6. Philadelphia, PA 178. Bismarck, ND
7. Birmingham, AL 179. Lincoln, NE
8. Akron, OH 180. Fargo, ND
9. New Orleans, LA 181. South Burlington, VT
10. Jackson, MS 182. Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Miami and Hialeah, Florida, have the lowest unemployment rate, which is 5.9 times lower than in Detroit, Michigan the city with the highest.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, which is 4.6 times lower than in Detroit, Michigan, the city with the highest.
  • Portland, Maine, has the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, which is 2.5 times lower than in Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest.
  • Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted by cost of living), which is 3.3 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest.