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Houston named No. 1 most stressful city for workers in U.S. in new report

Work life in H-Town is hard. Photo by Elisa Ventur on Unsplash

Feeling totally stressed about work? Fellow Houstonians feel the pain.

In a new report from, Houston was designated the most stressful city to work in. In fact, not one — but five — Texas cities made the top 10 most stressful cities for workers. Ouch.’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 its 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 30.4 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 10.5 percent. (That’s a lot to be stressed about.)

Just after Houston is Arlington (No. 2) and Dallas (No. 3). While Arlington earns its second most stressful city rank for its 39.9 hour average daily work week, Dallas ranked ninth for the 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. At least Dallas’ average commute is a little lower than Houston and Arlington – at 51.4 minutes round trip.

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 Fort Worth (No. 8), San Antonio (No. 12), Garland (No. 13), Brownsville (No. 15), El Paso (No. 22) and Irving (No. 26).

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
In an examination of the least stressful cities for workers, not a single Texas city made the top 10. Madison, Wisconsin earned the ranking of least stressful city to work in. It must be nice to have a 36.6-hour average workweek and short average round trip commute of 37.4 minutes. If only.The full report can be found at


This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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