A new study by a research firm specializing in livability rankings leaves the Tampa area with the dubious distinction of being the nation's "most stressful city."
Four other Florida cities, according to Sperling's BestPlaces, also made the top ten list, including Miami (#3), Jacksonville (#4) Orlando (#6) and West Palm Beach (#10).
The study is based on a variety of factors.
They are, in order of importance:
- Unemployment rate
- Suicide rate
- Commute time
- Mental health (days per month with poor mental health, from an annual CDC survey)
- Poor rest (days per month without adequate restful sleep, CDC survey)
- Alcohol use (drinks per month, CDC survey)
- Violent crime rate
- Property crime rate
- Cloudy days annually
“Frankly, I was shocked by the concentration of Florida cities clustered in the top ten,” said lead researcher Bert Sperling in a report. “But when we look into the statistics, we can see some of the reasons.”
Other U.S. cities that made the top ten list of most stressful include Las Vegas (#2), Detroit (#5), Riverside, CA (#7), Sacramento (#8) and Seattle (#9).
The least stressful city in the US? It's Minneapolis, according to the study.
Click here to read the complete report or follow this link: http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/stressful_cities_2012.aspx
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