Introduction: Stress-induced cardiomyopathy (SIC) has a higher incidence in Caucasians (CAUCs) compared to African-Americans (AAs). Whether this is due to racial predisposition, selection bias, or environmental factors remains unclear. Hypothesis: We hypothesize that people from lower socioeconomic strata (SES) have a lower incidence of SIC. It is possible that the incidence of SIC could be similar among CAUCs and AAs at the same SES. Stress preconditioning maybe protective in preventing SIC. Methods: Data of patients with the discharge diagnosis of SIC were extracted from the Myocardial Infarction Data Acquisition System spanning the period from 2006 through 2015. The incidence of SIC among CAUCs and AAs was compared per 100,000 New Jersey population and examined across income brackets. CAUCs and AAs data were compared using two-sample proportion tests. Results: During the study period, CAUCs had an overall higher incidence of SIC compared to AAs, 0.017% versus 0.0084% per 100,000 population (p value <0.0001). This difference persisted after a logistic regression adjustment (p = 0.0064). CAUCs in the income brackets of 30–40k had lower incidence of SIC than those in the 60–80k income bracket (p = 0.0156). Those with an income of 60–80k had lower incidence of SIC compared to those with an income of 80–100k. AAs with income between 30 and 60k had a lower incidence of SIC than CAUCs (p = 0.0330). Conclusions: CAUCs exhibited a trend towards less SIC as a function of lower income. This was not observed among AAs. AAs had a lower incidence of SIC. Our study suggests that SES has a protective effect among CAUCs.