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  • Boring or stressful? Surveys say Victorville ranks No. 4 in both among state's cities

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    • Most stressful cities to live in California

      1. Lancaster
      2. Oceanside
      3. Inglewood
      4. Victorville
      5. Palmdale
      6. Antioch    
      7. Richmond
      8. Vallejo
      9. Carlsbad
      10. Los Ange...

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      Most stressful cities to live in California

      1. Lancaster

      2. Oceanside

      3. Inglewood

      4. Victorville

      5. Palmdale

      6. Antioch    

      7. Richmond

      8. Vallejo

      9. Carlsbad

      10. Los Angeles

      Source: CreditDonkey

  • VICTORVILLE — Can a boring city be stressful too? Well, apparently Victorville can be just that, according to the financial website CreditDonkey.com.
    Victorville made headlines in April when the Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked the city as the fourth most boring in California, trailing only Lakewood, Lancaster and West Covina.
    But now a CreditDonkey.com survey has made Victorville No. 4 on the list of the “Most Stressful Cities in California.”  
    The company’s methodology includes percentage of divorcees, odds of being a victim of a violent crime, commute time, average hours worked per week and percentage of income spent on housing. Victorville was fourth behind Lancaster, Oceanside and Inglewood.
    Lancaster was the only other city that appeared on both lists.
    “I think with some of these surveys you can get them to say whatever you want them to say,” Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron said. “When you look at our demographics, we do have a lot of folks commuting up and down the hill, which would certainly add stress to anyone, including their families.”
    CreditDonkey reported: “As a small city, most residents commute to other cities for work and entertainment, which gives it a modest daily commute average of 34.6 minutes. However, any romantic notions one might have about living in a small desert town should be thrown out the window, because despite its low violent crime rate, Victorville has been known to have gang activity and property crimes.”
    According to the survey, the odds of being a victim of violent crime in Victorville is 1 in 176 inhabitants, with the percentage of income spent on housing coming in at 29 percent. Average hours worked per week by Victorville residents came in at 37.5.
    The survey also said Victorville has the highest number of divorced women on the CreditDonkey list at 13.4 percent; the number of divorced men came in at 9.8 percent.
    “If you’re looking for a peaceful small town, Victorville is not it,” according to CreditDonkey, which said it compiled its numbers from the FBI and the U.S Census Bureau.
    McEachron said Victorville’s affordable housing should have helped the city in the percentage of income spent on housing category.
    He also said the city will continue to seek solutions to reduce the number of residents who commute, which would include bringing more good-paying jobs to the area so residents don’t have to drive out of the area for work.
    “I like the low violent crime rate that was quoted,” McEachron said. “As far as public safety goes, we’re not scaling back. I know that our recent budget has us adding two additional deputies.”
    On Tuesday, District Attorney Mike Ramos addressed the Victorville Rotary Club and said his office has prosecuted about 5,000 gang cases since 2005, with more than 200 resulting in life prison sentences.
    Ramos said the war is “against territorial and transitional gangs,” with territorial gangs having roots in a community and transitional gangs coming to the High Desert because of the “easy access from Interstate 15, 40 or 215 and cheap housing.”
    Rebecca Rubio, an employee with the Hesperia School District who also attends school in the San Bernardino area, said she believes Victorville’s stress levels may stem from sleep deprivation. She said many residents start worrying as soon as their heads hit the pillow.
    Rubio, who lives in Victorville, said she understands how stress could overwhelm residents as they worry about “commuting, crazy drivers killing them, hearing the wind howling, having no air conditioning, hearing dogs barking outside, having children crying in the middle of the night, doing homework” or working multiple jobs.
    For more information on the stressed out cities list, visit www.creditdonkey.com.
    Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter@DP_ReneDeLaCruz.
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