These Are The 10 Most Stressed Out Places In Kansas

We analyzed over 90 places in Kansas to identify the ones that are going grey at a young age.

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You know that tight feeling in your chest when you have to pay the rent at the end of each month and it’s a bit more than you’d like? That’s stress.

And there are certain places in Kansas that know that feeling in their chest a little too intimately. These are the places where keeping up with the Joneses takes a back a seat to other forms of stress.

There are things like dealing with ever-longer commutes, working longer and longer hours, and just trying to find a job. But which places in Kansas take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Liberal have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Kansas. The city tops the 10 most stressed out places in the Sunflower State:

  1. Liberal
  2. Dodge City
  3. Great Bend
  4. Mission
  5. Eudora
  6. Wichita
  7. Haysville
  8. Augusta
  9. Garden City
  10. Junction City

Read on to see why these places in Kansas could use a Xanax.


How We Measured Stress In Kansas (Without Stressing Out)

In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect root causes for most people and used them to look at the 91 places in Kansas with a population over 3,000, according to the 2013 American Community Survey:

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 20 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the place are.

Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2009-2013.

We ranked each place from 1 to 91 for the six individual criteria. These ranks were then averaged into Stress Score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out place in Kansas.

Below, we’ll take a look at the standout stress stats for each top 10 most stressed places, and wrap the whole thing up with a detailed ranking of all 91 places we analyzed.


1. Liberal

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,633
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
No Health Insurance: 23.97%

Liberal, the county seat of Seward County, has let that heavy responsibility rock its core to the point where it ranks as the most stressed place in Kansas.

In a more measurable sense, Liberal’s stress originates from having the 6th highest unemployment rate in Kansas and the second highest population of uninsured people.

Basically, the town has to worry about getting sick while looking for a job, and that’ll turn your hair grey very quickly.

2. Dodge City

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,639
Unemployment Rate: 7.12%
No Health Insurance: 20.53%

Will Ferrel’s blood pressure might rise at the thought of driving a Dodge Stratus, but Dodge City’s blood pressure is constantly high — the city ranks as the second mot stressed out place in the Sunflower State.

The city has the fifth highest percentage of uninsured households and commute times in the top 20% of places in Kansas. To top it off, about a quarter of the households spend over the recommended amount of their income on rent each month.

Sitting in your car, on the way to your division manager job, thinking about paying too much for rent is a sure fire way to be overly stressed out.

3. Great Bend

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,929
Unemployment Rate: 9.55%
No Health Insurance: 21.58%

Much like the Arkansas River, life rushes by in Great Bend to the tune of being the third most stressed place in Kansas.

The city is basically a slightly less stressed version of Liberal. It has the third most uninsured households per capita and the 14th highest unemployment rate.

The population density of Great Bend saves it from being the most stressed place in Kansas, so you can rest a little easy knowing that at least your neighbors can’t see the stress on your face.

4. Mission

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,429
Unemployment Rate: 9.19%
No Health Insurance: 14.22%

The inflatable dragons at the Battle of the Brisket mask the underlying stress battle faced by the people of Mission on a daily basis, the 4th most stressed place in Kansas.

And the main cause of stress of Mission? The insane population density (2nd highest in Kansas).

The bright side of everyone knowing your business? Relatively short commute times. So I guess you win some and lose some.

5. Eudora

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,974
Unemployment Rate: 8.79%
No Health Insurance: 13.93%

Eudora may be the smallest place on our list, but it still packs one heck of a stressed out punch — it places as the 5th most stressed in the Jayhawk State.

As you can see by the statue of Pascal Fish and his daughter Eudora, you need to hold on for the sake of your sanity in Eudora. Why is that? You’re probably working too much as Eudora ranks in the top 15% of places in Kansas when it comes to average hours worked per week.

6. Wichita

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 383,703
Unemployment Rate: 9.51%
No Health Insurance: 16.00%

In stark contrast to Eudora, the biggest city in Kansas won’t save you from stressing out either — Wichita ranks as the 6th most stressed place in Kansas.

And Wichita has one main reason for stressing the heck out, it has the highest percentage of income spent on rent of any place in Kansas. A staggering 45 percent of people spend over the recommended amount of their income on rent each month.

When you’re that worried about paying for a roof over your head, it doesn’t leave a lot of time (or money) to have enjoy the little things in life.

7. Haysville

Most Stressed Places In Kansas


Population: 10,973
Unemployment Rate: 8.62%
No Health Insurance: 13.73%

Life isn’t totally peachy in the “Peach Capital of Kansas”. Haysville ranks as the 7th most stressed out place in the Sunflower State.

Population density takes the sweetness out of this Wichita suburb as it ranks as the 12th most densely packed place in the state. So you’ll be all up in your neighbors business relative to most other places in Kansas.

8. Augusta

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: City-Data

Population: 9,238
Unemployment Rate: 12.45%
No Health Insurance: 13.09%

Even getting an ice cream at Miller’s wont take the sting off of your level of stress in Augusta — it ranks as the 8th most stressed out place in Kansas.

And there’s a reason people are stressed, this city has the 4th highest unemployment rate in Kansas. Add to that a population density in the top 20% of places, and it’s even more stressful when everyone knows you’re looking for work.

9. Garden City

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,768
Unemployment Rate: 3.73%
No Health Insurance: 17.43%

Garden City suffers from garden variety stress and proves that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side as it ranks as the 9th most stressed place in the Sunflower State.

The city has the 5th highest population density in Kansas, and an uninsured percentage that ranks in the top 15% of the state.

But at least you can cool off in the “Big Pool” when life in the garden gets too overwhelming.

10. Junction City

Most Stressed Places In Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,147
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
No Health Insurance: 13.25%

And rounding out the top ten most stressed out places in Kansas is Junction City.

The intersection of working too much (2nd most in Kansas) and the amount spent on rent (14th highest) is the cause of stress in Junction City.

However, the city has some of the shortest commutes in Kansas. So at least you don’t have to stress out about getting to the job you’re probably working too many hours at.

Most Stressed Places In Kansas Data

See all the data here.

City Population Stressed Score Rank
Liberal 20,633 20.33 1
Dodge City 27,639 21.5 2
Great Bend 15,929 21.67 3
Mission 9,429 23.17 4
Eudora 5,974 25.83 5
Wichita 383,703 30 6
Haysville 10,973 30.33 7
Augusta 9,238 31.67 8
Garden City 26,768 31.83 9
Junction City 24,147 32.17 10
Kansas City 146,581 32.33 11
Ulysses 6,250 32.67 12
Merriam 11,147 33.33 13
Lyons 3,748 33.5 14
Topeka 127,625 35.83 15
Independence 9,347 36 16
Fort Riley Cdp, Kansas 8,012 36.33 17
Emporia 24,895 37.17 18
Roeland Park 6,803 37.67 19
Hugoton 4,109 38.17 20
Coffeyville 10,138 39 21
Hutchinson 42,020 39.67 22
Atchison 10,968 39.83 23
Iola 5,702 40.5 24
Salina 47,726 40.67 25
Gardner 19,674 40.83 26
Leawood 32,285 41.83 27
Olathe 128,050 41.83 27
Osawatomie 4,421 42 29
Chanute 9,175 42 29
Prairie Village 21,678 42.17 31
Kingman 3,174 42.33 32
Arkansas City 12,352 42.33 32
Larned 4,055 42.5 34
Pittsburg 20,282 42.67 35
Wamego 4,455 43 36
Leavenworth 35,586 43.67 37
Lawrence 88,921 43.67 37
Goodland 4,677 44 39
Concordia 5,330 44 39
Fairway 3,924 44.17 41
El Dorado 12,958 44.67 42
Lenexa 48,920 44.67 42
Wellington 8,077 44.83 44
Lansing 11,411 45.17 45
Scott City 3,746 45.33 46
Overland Park 176,520 45.33 46
Mcpherson 13,196 46 48
Derby 23,021 46 48
Columbus 3,273 46.17 50
Baxter Springs 4,195 47.17 51
Park City 6,985 47.83 52
Abilene 6,802 48.33 53
Newton 19,134 48.33 53
Shawnee 62,939 48.5 55
Edwardsville 4,351 48.83 56
Parsons 10,381 49.33 57
Ottawa 12,575 49.5 58
Hiawatha 3,160 50 59
Fort Scott 8,003 50 59
Tonganoxie 4,788 50.17 61
Winfield 12,314 50.83 62
Bonner Springs 7,352 51.33 63
Ellsworth 3,099 51.67 64
Hays 20,766 51.83 65
Pratt 6,889 52.33 66
Baldwin City 4,514 52.5 67
Galena 3,049 53 68
Goddard 4,439 54.33 69
Marysville 3,289 54.5 70
Colby 5,382 54.5 70
Manhattan 54,082 55 72
Spring Hill 5,445 55.67 73
Rose Hill 3,987 55.83 74
Louisburg 4,276 56 75
Holton 3,309 56.17 76
Andover 11,871 56.17 76
Lindsborg 3,461 56.67 78
Paola 5,575 57.17 79
Garnett 3,365 57.33 80
Clay Center 4,308 57.5 81
Russell 4,534 58.5 82
Basehor 4,704 58.5 82
Bel Aire 6,803 58.83 84
Frontenac 3,428 59.83 85
Beloit 3,838 59.83 85
Hesston 3,596 62.83 87
Mulvane 6,058 65.5 88
Valley Center 6,646 65.67 89
Maize 3,806 68 90
De Soto 5,789 73.5 91