Are you feeling stressed out?

In the United States, the adverse effects of stress cause problems for more than 100 million people, according to some estimates.

A new study conducted by WalletHub, "2019's Most and Least Stressed Cities in America," compared more than 180 large cities across the country to determine where Americans have the most difficulties in coping -- and the eastern half of the nation apparently leads the way.

Detroit, Michigan had the unfortunate distinction of being the No. 1 "most stressed" city in the U.S., followed by Cleveland, Ohio, and Newark, N.J., according to WalletHub.

San Bernardino was determined to be the No. 1 most stressed city in the western half of the U.S. and No. 29 overall, the study said.

Fontana fared relatively well, coming in at No. 128 overall.

Fontana was one of the best cities (No. 174) in the category of "work stress," but did not rank as high in other categories, WalletHub said.

Fontana was No. 84 in the category of "financial stress," No. 87 in "family stress," and No. 126 in "health and safety stress."

In the Inland Empire, Moreno Valley ranked No. 93 overall and Ontario was No. 117 on the list of most stressed large cities, while Riverside was No. 129 and Rancho Cucamonga was No. 159.

"Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress can have positive effects on a person’s well-being, at least in the right doses," said Adam McCann, a financial writer for WalletHub. "When stress reaches an unmanageable level, however, it turns 'chronic.' That’s when we become vulnerable to its damaging effects such as health problems and loss of productivity."

McCann said money is the leading cause of stress, followed by work, family and relationships. By one estimate, workplace-related stress alone costs society more than $300 billion per year, he said.

In the report, WalletHub compared the cities across 39 key metrics, with a data set ranging from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

To view the full report, go to: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/

----- WALLETHUB also compiled other lists on related topics earlier this year. In these two reports, cities were ranked from best (No. 1) to worst:

• "Happiest" cities in the U.S. -- Out of 182 cities, Fontana ranked No. 89, while Rancho Cucamonga was No. 63, Riverside 88, and Ontario 96.

• "Healthiest" cities in the U.S. -- Out of 174 cities, Fontana was No. 128, while Rancho Cucamonga was No. 54, Riverside 114, and Ontario 130.

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