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Adults in East Region reported less stress than those in other King County regions. 

People experience stress in response to challenges in everyday life. Sometimes stress can help us get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and other problems by “turning on” biological stress responses too often and for too long.

Based on their responses to 4 questions about how often they had experienced selected symptoms of stress in the past 30 days, “perceived stress” scores on a scale from 4 (low) to 20 (high) were computed for King County adults. In 2011, King County adults had an average stress score of 8.6.

  • Residents of East Region had a significantly lower average stress score than did those in other regions or in the county as a whole.
  • There were no other differences among regions.
  • No trends could be discerned. See Notes & Sources for more detail.