I NEED A MASSAGE
3 Dallas-Fort Worth cities among most stressful for workers, report says
Feeling totally stressed about work? Many fellow workers in Dallas-Fort Worth feel the pain.
In a new report from LLC.org, Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth were deemed among the 10 most stressful U.S. cities to work in. Two more - Garland and Irving - made the top 30. Ouch.
LLC.org’s analysis looked at eight different categories such as average commute time, average weekly hours worked, income growth rate, and more. Each of the 170-plus cities researched in the report have a population of at least 150,000 people – which adds up to a lot of stressed-out folks nationwide.
Houston earned the top most stressful city ranking due to its nearly 53-minute average round trip daily commute, not to mention that one in three people in the city are on the road before 7 am every morning. To top it off, Houston’s percentage of workers without health insurance is a whopping 30.4 percent. (That’s a lot to be stressed about.)
Arlington was ranked second overall for its 39.9-hour average daily work week. The city's 3.4 percent income growth rate also plays a major factor, as it is nearly half of the national average. Adding in the low percentage of remote workers and its 52-minute round trip commute provides a full understanding of Arlington's placement in the report.
Dallas earned its third most stressful city ranking due to its long work week and high number of workers without health insurance. Twenty-five percent of workers do not have health insurance, which is significantly higher than the national average of 10.5 percent.
Additionally, the city has the ninth longest work week out of all cities in the analysis. The average Dallas laborer works 40.2 hours a week, which is greater than the 38.7 hour national average. But Dallas’ average commute is a little lower than Houston's (No. 1) and Arlington's – at 51.4 minutes round trip.
A little further down in the top 10 is Fort Worth, at No. 8. High percentages of single-income families (nearly 42 percent) and workers on the road before 7 am (36 percent) are what led to the city's ranking. For Worth also ranks neck-and-neck with Arlington for the percentage of workers without insurance, at both 22 percent.
Garland lands at No. 13, and Irving, at No. 26. Garland recently made another headline as having one of the worst commutes in America.
Rounding out the top five are Memphis, Tennessee (No. 4) and Las Vegas, Nevada (No. 5) with Corpus Christi taking the No. 6 spot.
Other Texas cities that made the list include San Antonio (No. 12), Brownsville (No. 15), and El Paso (No. 22).
The top 10 most stressful cities for workers are:
- No. 1: Houston
- No. 2: Arlington, Texas
- No. 3: Dallas
- No 4: Memphis, Tennessee
- No. 5: Las Vegas
- No. 6: Corpus Christi, Texas
- No. 7: Fayetteville, North Carolina
- No. 8: Fort Worth, Texas
- No. 9: Moreno Valley, California
- No. 10: Modesto, California
The full report can be found at llc.org.