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This Fairfield County City Ranks Among 50 'Most Stressful' In Nation

Trumbull Gardens public housing complex in Bridgeport.
Trumbull Gardens public housing complex in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: File

Two cities in Connecticut rank among the top 50 Most Stressed Cities in America, according to a new study by a financial website.

One is in Fairfield County: Bridgeport ranked 33rd.

The other is New Haven in New Haven County -- which ranked 41st based on an analysis that considered stress in four areas: the workplace, finances, family, and health and safety.

The top-10 "most stressed cities" in America, according to the WalletHub analysis, were Detroit, Newark, Cleveland, Birmingham, Toledo, Baltimore, Wilmington, Milwaukee, Gulfport and St. Louis.

Bridgeport ranked 17th in workplace stress, 23rd in financial stress, and 103rd in family related stress.

New Haven ranked 37th in health and safety related stress; and placed in the mid-50’s in the other categories.

WalletHub evaluated the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state, using the four dimensions including 37 relevant metrics. Those metrics included job security, traffic congestion, unemployment rate, average commute time and income growth in the work stress category.

On the positive side of the spectrum were cities in which people feel the least stressed: Fremont, Calif., ranked first with a score of 25.93 in the stress rating. It was trailed by Bismarck, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Overland Park, Kan., as the nation's leading "low-stress" cities.

In addition to stress scores, WalletHub shared top-five rankings for cities across a variety of metrics. For example, Nashua, N.H., has the lowest crime rate, while Charleston, W.V., has the highest crime rate. Minneapolis, Minn., has the largest number of healthy adults whild those living in Casper, Wyo., have the lowest job security.

Greensboro, N.C, residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter -- four hours -- which is 25.5 times fewer than in Los Angeles, the city where residents spend the most at 102 hours.

Bridgeport and New Haven tied for 36th place in the traffic congestion rankings.

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