If you’re looking for a stress-free life, then stay away from Southend-on-Sea. The Essex seaside town is the most stressed place in the UK, according to new research.
Credit comparison site TotallyMoney.com has compiled a list of the most stressed places in the UK, based on criteria such as local unemployment levels, the amount of overtime put in by the average worker each week, and how long the average daily commute is.
The research highlighted the following points:
TotallyMoney.com CEO Alastair Douglas said of the research: ‘Stress can be incredibly damaging to your health and mental wellbeing, and is often closely related to people’s financial situation.
‘Here at TotallyMoney.com we are committed to making the credit market a fairer place, and recognise that poor access to credit can often dramatically increase stress levels.
‘We hope this research shines a light on how damaging stress can be and helps people take steps to reduce their stress.’
To compile this data TotallyMoney.com used the following sources:
Finances (weighting: 35%)
Cost of living/ Money left over – Numbeo
Access to credit – TM cards application data: 200,000 applications
Job market (weighting: 20%)
Job Growth – Centre for Cities
Unemployment – Centre for Cities
Unpaid overtime – OnePoll 2000 UK adults survey of unpaid overtime
Happiness (weighting: 20%)
Worthwhile, anxiety and happiness indexes – ONS
Demographics (weighting: 15%)
Population density – Neighbourhood statistics
Crimes – www.crimerates.co.uk
Commute (weighting: 10%)
Commute time – Trade union congress
Means of Transport – Centre for Cities