The United States of stress: main sources of stress by ethnicity


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In this post, we’ll examine some numbers on stress in the United States. There are many sources of stress, and the impact of the same source of stress always depends on the person affected. The chart below shows the statistics on the share of Americans who felt their personal safety was a very or somewhat significant source of stress from 2012 to 2017. In 2012, 29 percent of respondents stated they felt stressed about their personal safety. The number grew slightly in the next year, reaching 30 percent.

In 2014, the share of American citizens who felt stressed about their personal safety amounted to 23 percent. In 2015 and 2016, the numbers reached 30 percent and 29 percent respectively. This amount increased in 2017, reaching its peak of 34 percent of respondents who felt stressed about their personal safety.


It’s interesting to analyze how different ethnicities perceive stress — let’s take a look at the research on the most commonly reported sources of stress among U.S. adults in 2015. In this year, about 62 percent of white adults reported that money was the primary source of their stress (compared to 77 percent of Hispanic adults and 78 percent of black adults). Work (if employed) was the main source of stress for Asian adults in the U.S. — 71 percent named this, compared to 62 percent of white adults, 74 percent of Hispanic adults and 69 percent of black adults.

Family responsibilities are another common source of stress — these were named by 69 percent of Asian adults, 50 percent of white adults, 61 percent of Hispanic adults and 59 percent of black adults living in the U.S.

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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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