Detroit Ranked As Nation's Most Stressed-Out City

Family, financial and job stress

July 15, 2019 - 11:30 am

(WWJ) Just kick back and relax. Oh, that's right. You can't if you live in Detroit.

How's that?

A new study from Wallet Hub shows Detroit is the most stressed out town in the nation ... based on poverty levels, long work hours, lack of sleep and levels of divorce and suicide.

Traffic congestion and job security are also factors.

"It just doesn't surprise me. I've lived here all of my life. I'm 70 years old. That doesn't surprise me a bit," resident Bob told WWJ's Charlie Langton.

What's the solution? Break out the stress balls, meditate, try out essential oils. Maybe give gong therapy a whirl in nearby Clawson, Mich. Learn more about that HERE

On the other hand, resident Tracy Salsider questions the veracity of study.

"Do you know that Michigan was recently ranked as one of the best states to live in? And Detroit has grown immensely, our commerce is coming back, we're putting money into nice architecture. People are renewing their leases. They're bringing the city back up. I don't believe it's the most stressful city other than the roads."

Deanna Majchrzak with the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau says there's so much to see and do around town that there are plenty of local stress relievers. She recomments if you're feeling stressed to go for a run on the River Walk, go kayaking, go walking, visit a local winery or brewery.

"There's really a lot to do," she says.  

Cleveland and Newark round out the three most stressed cities in the country. Appears the Rust Best is suffering the most from a combination of family, financial and job stress. 

Freemont, Calif., was ranked the least stressful city in the country.

But take heart if you're looking to de-stress a little closer to home, Grand Rapids ranked at 131 on the stressed cities chart.