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City of Cleveland, Poverty

WalletHub study says Cleveland is 5th most stressed city in the country

(Plain Press, September 2016) If you are feeling stressed living in the City of Cleveland, perhaps there is a reason. A recent study by WalletHub measured the 150 largest cities in the United States across five key dimensions – work related stress, money related stress, family related stress, health and safety related stress and coping with stress. In doing this, WalletHub used 27 metrics and found Cleveland to be the 5th most stressed city in the United States. Cities more stressed than Cleveland were Detroit at number one; followed by Mobile Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; and Memphis, Tennessee.

In the category of family related stress, Cleveland ranked number two behind number one Mobile, Alabama. Metrics used to measure family stress levels were the divorce rate, percentage of single parents and a family well-being index. Contributing to the ranking was Cleveland ranking number one in the country in its divorce rate.

Other factors that contributed to Cleveland’s listing as the 5th most stressed big city in the country were having the second highest poverty rate in the country next to Detroit, Michigan; and being 10th in the nation in the amount of crime per capita.

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