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Houston can't shake troubling title of most-stressed city in Texas

Houston can't shake troubling title of most-stressed city in Texas

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Houston needs to relieve some stress. Photo by W. Ross Wells/Getty Images

It can be relationships, work, money — even the ridiculous traffic during your morning commute. There's always something that weighs hard on us, especially in Houston, according to a new study.

Personal finance website WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities to determine which are home to the most and least stressed-out people in the country. H-Town leads the pack as the most-stressed city in Texas and No. 32 nationally.

WalletHub measured each city in four major areas: work, financial, family, and health and safety-related stress.

Houston lands near the top in a couple of categories, which is bad news, ranking 14th in family stress and 20th in work stress, 81st in health and safety-related stress, and 85th in financial stress.

This isn't too big of a surprise, as Houston also was the most-stressed city in Texas in last year's WalletHub study and landed in the bottom half of a 2019 list of the happiest cities.

The degree of stress varies among Texas' major cities. Following Houston are Dallas (No. 46), San Antonio (No. 77), Fort Worth (No. 100), and Austin (No. 110). The DFW suburb of Plano lands near the bottom of the list at No. 177, making it the least-stressed city in Texas and sixth-least troubled nationally.

The most-stressed city in the U.S.? Detroit is the unfortunate winner. And just five slots down the list from Plano is Fremont, California, the country's least-stressed city.