Grand Rapids ranks as 46th most-‘stressed’ city in state


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Grand Rapids ranks among the top third of the most-“stressed” communities in Michigan.

In a study of the 149 communities in Michigan with a population greater than 5,000, Grand Rapids ranks No. 46, and Detroit ranks No. 1.

The ranking, titled “These are the 10 stressed places in Michigan,” is by Zippia, an employment research and analysis website, and was posted last month.


The amount of stress in each community was determined by evaluating six criteria that reflect root causes of stress in most people: unemployment rate; hours worked; population density; percentage of income spent on rent; percentage of population without health insurance; and percentage of population with a commute longer than 30 minutes.

Data was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

West Michigan

According to the study, 54.7 percent of the population in Grand Rapids struggles with high rent, while 16.8 percent of the population has a commute longer than 30 minutes and 13.5 percent of the population is without health insurance.

Grand Rapids is slightly less stressed than St. Clair Shores and slightly more stressed than Sterling Heights.

East Grand Rapids is one of the least-stressed cities in Michigan, ranking 144th out of 149, while Kentwood is 119th, Holland is 113th and Zeeland is 136th.

Most-stressed communities

1.    Detroit
2.    Hamtramck
3.    Highland Park
4.    Hazel Park
5.    Inkster
6.    River Rouge
7.    Mount Clemens
8.    Oak Park
9.    Eastpointe
10.  Dearborn Heights

Least-stressed communities

140. Grand Ledge
141. Midland
142. Ishpeming
143. Norton Shores
144. East Grand Rapids
145. Petoskey
146. Marshall
147. Walker
148. Mason
149. Iron Mountain

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