A website recently ranked Killeen as the most stressful city in the Lone Star State.
CreditDonkey.com, a financial, education and credit card comparison website, released a list of Texas’ 10 most stressful cities last week.
Factors used to create the rankings included the odds of being a victim of violent crime, commute time, average hours worked per week, percentage of divorces and percentage of income spent on housing.
“The CreditDonkey team researched the most stressful cities in Texas based on measures that are known to cause more tension and a lower quality of life,” wrote Cassy Parker, the California-based blogger who helped compile the data and create the list.
Killeen sits squarely in the No. 1 spot on the list, beating out larger Texas cities like Dallas for the dubious honor.
According to statistics, the odds of being a victim of violent crime in Killeen is 1 in 155 inhabitants, the average hours worked per week is 43.2 and roughly 25 percent of income is spent on housing, on average.
“The high cost of housing, long work hours, and relatively high crime rate earned Killeen the No. 1 spot as the most stressful city in Texas,” Parker wrote.
CreditDonkey founder Charles Tran said Texas was chosen because the state continued to pop up on many of the lists the site researched.
“Earlier this year, when we looked at what states were best for college grads to find jobs, Texas came in at No. 1. When we looked at what cities were best for young couples, the top three cities were all in Texas,” Tran wrote in an email to the Herald on Friday. “It got us to think whether everything is all perfect and rosy in Texas or if there are downsides.”
Tran said finding Killeen at the top of the list of most stressful cities was unexpected.
“We were surprised to see Killeen top the list. We would have expected a big city such as Dallas to top the list, but Killeen’s divorce statistics and number of hours worked pushed it to No. 1,” he wrote.
Killeen wasn’t the only Central Texas city to make the list.
Harker Heights was ranked No. 8.
According to Parker, Heights was the smallest city on the list, but had long work hours and had the highest percentage of divorced men, more than 11 percent, of any other city on the list.
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