AP's list of most-stressed U.S. counties in March concentrated in California, Nevada; least-stressed counties are in Midwest, Plains states

Michelle Rivera

Michelle Rivera

May 4, 2011 – Associated Press

NEW YORK , May 4, 2011 () – Here are the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their March 2011 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index

Imperial County, Calif. 28.52

Lyon County, Nev., 27.86

Sutter County, Calif., 26.42

Merced County, Calif., 26.18

San Benito County, Calif., 25.20

Nye County, Nev., 25.05

Yuba County, Calif., 24.08

San Joaquin County, Calif., 23.85

Stanislaus County, Calif., 23.73

Yuma County, Ariz., 23.73

Lake County, Calif., 23.39

Siskiyou County, Calif., 22.36

Tulare County, Calif., 22.3

Madera County, Calif., 22.19

Fresno County, Calif., 22.14

Kern County, Calif., 22

Kings County, Calif., 21.91

Clark County, Nev., 21.87

Luna County, N.M., 21.7

Glenn County, Calif., 21.56

A list of the 20 least economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their March 2011 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

Ellis County, Kan., 4.06

Buffalo County, Neb., 4.43

Arlington County, Va., 4.53

Ward County, N.D., 4.54

Burleigh County, N.D., 4.65

Ford County, Kan., 4.72

Madison County, Neb., 4.83

Custer County, Okla., 4.86

Brookings County, S.D., 4.87

Bryan County, Okla., 4.94

Sioux County, Iowa, 4.95

Brown County, S.D., 4.97

Cass County, N.D., 5.1

Pontotoc County, Okla., 5.17

Grafton County, N.H., 5.18

Chittenden County, Vt., 5.18

Eddy County, N.M., 5.21

Midland County, Tex., 5.22

Johnson County, Iowa, 5.26

Albany County, Wyo., 5.27

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