Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A new study released today ranks the stress levels of America's 50 largest metropolitan areas. Conducted by Portfolio.com and Bizjournals (which are both owned by Charlotte-based American City Business Journals), the study analyzed 10 factors to compute its rankings: unemployment, income growth, poverty, deaths from circulatory-system diseases, amount of sunshine, unhealthy air, robberies, murders, commuting, and housing costs. When you total it all up, Detroit, not surprisingly, ranks as the most stressful city in America.

With number one being the most stressful and 50 being the least, Charlotte ranked 18th. We were middle of the pack in most of the individual categories, but we did place second worst in change in metro per capita income, -5.68 percent, only behind Las Vegas's -6.17 percent. But Charlotte fared well in the all-important stress-level category of average commuting time to work at 25.11 minutes, compared to New York City's 34.55 minutes and Washington D.C.'s 33.23 minutes.

The Top 10 Most Stressful Metropolitan Areas in America are:
  1. Detroit
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Cleveland
  4. Riverside, CA
  5. St. Louis
  6. New York City
  7. New Orleans
  8. Chicago
  9. Birmingham
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

Raleigh places an impressive 47th, meaning it's not very stressful at all to live in North Carolina's capital. Salt Lake City takes home the coveted prize of least stressful city at 50th.

Click here for more on this study.


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