If you hate stress and are looking for a place to go to get away from it, do not go to any of these Illinois cities because they are the most stressed out in our beloved state.


According to Zippia, they used the six criteria below to determine how stressed Illinois cities with a population over 5,000 people were. "The higher any of these were, the more stressed the people of the place are."

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

Out of 304 Illinois cities, here are the Top 10 Most Stressed Out Cities:

  1. Dolton
  2. Posen
  3. Calumet City
  4. Hazel Crest
  5. Cicero
  6. Calumet City
  7. Maywood
  8. South Holland
  9. Blue Island
  10. Chicago

Did you notice that these cities are all suburbs of Chicago? Did you also see that the city you really need to avoid is Calumet City? It's so stressed out it made the top 10 list twice. Yikes! They really need some camomile tea and lavender chemotherapy to calm down.

Now are you wondering where Rockford landed?

The good news is Rockford landed at #99 out of 304 cities. Thankfully we're in the middle. Whew!

To see where your city landed in the most stressed out Illinois city, click here.