The 2017 Stressful City Index Study by online dry cleaning service Zipjet analysed causes of stress such as household debt, unemployment levels and poor mental health among other mitigating factors to determine the most and least stressful cities in the world.

Stuttgart, Germany is the least stressful city, ranking highly for green spaces, good mental health of citizens and family purchase power.

Baghdad, Iraq is revealed as the most stressful city, ranking low for public transport, unemployment rates, perception of security and gender equality.

Brussels, Belgium is the 2nd most stressful city in Europe due to high unemployment levels.

To select the cities in the ranking, Zipjet studied 500 locations based on data relating to the cities’ infrastructure, pollution levels, financial stability and the quality of life for its citizens.

Within these categories criteria such as household debt, perception of security, number of green spaces, unemployment levels, population density and racial & gender equality, were researched, along with additional factors which adversely affect mental health, such as number of sunshine hours.

Each factor was ranked out of 10 with a score of 1 indicating the least amount of stress and a score of 10 indicating the most. A final score was then calculated for each city to allow comparability.

“Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase. We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it.” stated Managing Director of ZipJet, Florian Faerber. “We’re happy to be a part of the wave of digitalization working to reduce stress all around the world.”

Source: Zipjet