Nation’s most stressful ZIP Codes: California city makes top 10

A recent ranking of the most stressful ZIP Codes included 93640 -- which encompasses Mendota in Fresno County, above -- and other California locales.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

California is represented among the top 10 in a list of the most stressful ZIP Codes in the United States.

Mendota (93640) ranks third in the recent ranking by real estate website and frequent list maker Movoto. The Fresno County city, population 11,014, “had a headache of stress scores across the board ... an unemployment rate over 25%, over 42% of families below the poverty line and an average workweek of over 42 hours,” according to the website.

The site ranked 28,372 ZIP codes nationally based on factors including unemployment rate, median household income, how much of monthly income goes to housing and the percentage of families below the poverty line.

No. 1 on the list was little Williamsfield, Ohio (44093). The town, population 984, has an unemployment rate of 14%, 50% of residents’ paychecks go to rent, and 40% are without health insurance, the site says.

Ranking much farther down the most-stressful list was Vernon (90058), the mostly industrial Los Angeles County city, at No. 50. Vernon, which has about 100 residents, has a higher median household income than much of L.A. County. But it’s also where in 2011 high-ranking city officials were convicted on public corruption charges.


A New York Times article at the time referred to Vernon as a “bleak, 5.2-square-mile sprawl of warehouses, factories, toxic chemical plants and meat processors that looks like the backdrop for ‘Eraserhead,’ the David Lynch movie set in an industrial wasteland.”

But at least it’s less stressful than Mendota.

Here are how a few L.A. County ZIP codes ranked on the stress meter out of 28,372 codes analyzed:

Compton (90221): 580th
La Mirada (90638): 15,167th
Beverly Hills (90210): 16,994th
West Los Angeles (90064): 17,717th
Hermosa Beach (90254): 19,165th

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