Do you live in the most stressful city to work in? Is it Las Vegas?
For most of us, sadly, work consumes the majority of our time. Whether you run a small business or you’re employed full-time, your waking hours are probably consumed by either working, commuting, or thinking about work.
While some have been lucky enough to find the ideal (but elusive to most) work-life balance, others struggle with work-related stressors such as long hours and commutes, low wages as well as lack of income growth.
LLC.org took a hard look at these factors as well as other factors across more than 170 cities, to determine the most stressful cities to work in.
Their metrics included eight weighted factors: average hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers who commute before 7 a.m., percentage of workers who are not able to work remotely, single-income families, income growth rate, percentage of employees without health insurance, and each city’s crime rate.
Each city in the analysis had a population of at least 150,000 or more.
If you live in Texas, bad news – Texas cities dominate the list of most stressful places to work. The Lone Star State is home to 10 cities in the top 30 most stressful places to work.
Before I tell you where Las Vegas sits on the list, here are the least stressful cities for workers:
Madison, Wisconsin tops the list for the least stressful city to work in. The average workweek (36.6 hours) is below the national average and the average roundtrip commute (37.4 minutes) is also far less than the national average (51.2).
Rounding out the top 10 least stressful cities:
2. Fort Collins, Colorado
3. Fremont, California
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
5. Providence, Rhode Island
6. Lincoln, Nebraska
7. Portland, Oregon
8. Seattle, Washington
9. St. Paul, Minnesota
10. Boise, Idaho
Regardless of where you work, remember that stress can affect you both physically and mentally. It’s important to try to have a work-life balance to avoid burnout and long-term health complications. Sadly, that’s often very hard in a country that has become very costly to live in, after a pandemic that changed the US dramatically.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), taking frequent breaks throughout the workday, tracking your stressors in a journal, establishing boundaries between work and your personal life, and developing healthy responses to work stressors are all ways to avoid work-related stress.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, listen to your body and take time to recharge. Even small breaks throughout the day can go a long way in helping to reduce work-related stress.
Now here’s the top five most stressful cities to work in. See the full list here.