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There’s no doubt stress is a major health concern (affecting everything from your brain to your heart health, and even your skin)—and it’s completely contagious.

Think about it: Your boss is worried about work stuff, which rubs off on you. Then, you go home and take that out on your live-in loved ones (sorry!) before calling your mom to vent to her, too (again, sorry!), creating a total (angst-ridden) chain reaction. Soon, your entire office, household, and community is afflicted.

Stress levels in the US are reportedly on the rise for the first time in 10 years.

According to personal finance website WalletHub, stress levels in the US are on the rise for the first time in 10 years, thanks in large part to the current political climate and workplace-related triggers (ahem, challenging commute, annoying coworker, or the internet being down again).

So who’s getting over-served in the stress department (and spreading it to their neighbors)?

WalletHub performed an in-depth analysis comparing America’s 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics (including weekly work hours, commuting time, housing affordability, and divorce rates) and named Newark, NJ, the country’s “most stressed” city, while Fremont, CA, got the “most chill” crown.

Read on for the top 10 cities in each category.

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The 10 most stressed-out cities in the US

  1. Newark, NJ
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. Cleveland, OH
  4. Jackson, MS
  5. Miami, FL
  6. Birmingham, AL
  7. San Bernardino, CA
  8. Rochester, NY
  9. Augusta, GA
  10. Shreveport, LA

The 10 least stressed-out cities in the US

  1. Fremont, CA
  2. Plano, TX
  3. Overland Park, KS
  4. Scottsdale, AZ
  5. Sioux Falls, SD
  6. Irvine, CA
  7. Gilbert, AZ
  8. Peoria, AZ
  9. Madison, WI
  10. Boise, ID

So, Cali road trip, anyone?

The next time stress is mounting—no matter where you live—try this breathing technique for instant calm. (Other options: grab a glass of kava for your morning commute, book a vacation, or go ahead and get a little frisky.)

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