Look, it's been a tough year. Everyone has been on pins and needles with COVID, the election and financial stresses. That said, is it fair to pinpoint one city as the most stressed in Iowa? I guess if you're the folks at Zippia.

According to their study, Ames is the most stressed city in the state of Iowa. The rational behind the study isn't random, there's a method to how this was determined.

They based the pick on five factors:

  • Unemployment
  • Average hours worked
  • Commute times
  • Income-to-home-price ratio
  • And the percent of the population that doesn't have insurance

I'd make a case for Waterloo after the whole Tyson outbreak. For a while all of Black Hawk County would have ben rife for a list like this. But, alas, no one wants the title of most stressed so, I guess Ames can have it. On the bright side, the Cyclones, who call Ames home, knocked off Oklahoma last week. That had to feel pretty good.

As for our neighbors, Chicago is Illinois most stressed. Minneapolis takes the cake in Minnesota, and Whitewater is Wisconsin's most stressed city.

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