CNNMoney published a list of the most and least stressed out U.S. cities, based on a variety of factors including traffic, cost of living, employment, and poverty rate. The results:
The 5 Most Stressed Out Cities:
- New York, NY. Long commutes average 40 minutes each way and housing costs are double the national average. Poverty and unemployment rates are also above the national average. Residents experience long workdays and a high cost of living.
- Detroit, MI. Detroit is known for its high crime rate, unemployment rate of around 9%, and its poverty rate that exceeds 25%.
- Los Angeles, CA. Commuters deal with heavy traffic, no public transportation, and a high cost of living.
- Riverside/San Bernardino, CA. The effects of the recession hit this construction-industry city especially hard. Residents face long commutes, high unemployment, and a 20% poverty rate.
- Houston, TX. Thanks to the oil industry which can require 80-hour work weeks, Houston has the longest average workweek of all 55 places CNNMoney analyzed. Traffic is also problematic.
The 5 Least Stressed Out Cities:
- Salt Lake City, UT. Low unemployment, a low cost of living, and short commutes make for a balanced work-life.
- Rochester, NY. Short commutes average 21 minutes each way, and work days are shorter than average.
- Raleigh, NC. A low cost of living, low unemployment, lots of green space, and proximity to mountains and beaches make Raleigh a relatively happy and healthy city.
- Minneapolis, MN. Minneapolis benefits from low crime, lots of jobs, a healthy lifestyle, and a low poverty rate (11%).
- Richmond, VA. Shorter work days, low unemployment, and a poverty rate below 12% (one of the lowest of the 55 cities studied) earns Richmond its spot as the 5th least stressed U.S. city.