Experts say a little bit of "acute stress" can be good for a person's constitution. When it turns to "chronic stress," it can be unhealthy. New York City is usually associated with high levels of stress--people working all hours, trying to climb the corporate ladder, hustling and bustling in the pressure cooker that is The Big Apple.

It's just not true. A recent study published by WalletHub, a financial services website, unveiled 2019's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America. New York wasn't even in the top 50. In order to arrive at its findings, WalletHub factored everything "from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates." Here's how New York locations ranked among the most stressed:

  • Rochester #30
  • Buffalo #48
  • New York City #53
  • Yonkers #116

182 cities were rated for Overall Stress, and in sub-categories like Work Stress, Financial Stress, Family Stress and Health & Safety Stress. Manhattan did rank 5th in Work Stress, but far lower in the other sub-categories.

Rochester's worst finish was a top 20 score in Family Stress, due to a high separation and divorce rate.

Detroit, Michigan came out on top as the most stressed city in America, with top-3 results in three of the four sub-categories.

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