Do you live in one of the most stressful cities in the United States? If you live in Florida, you stand a very good chance.
Last week, Sperling’s Best Places released its list of the top five more stressful cities. The ranking was based on population, divorce rate, commute time to work, unemployment rate, number of cloudy days, number of suicides and the crime rate. Based on this criteria, the top cities are Detroit/Dearborn, Jacksonville, Miami/Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Tampa/St. Petersburg-Clearwater.
See some cities which surprise you on the list? I am not surprised to see Detroit because of its financial problems of the last decade. But Vegas? It was a boomtown until very recently.
I am also very surprised not to see cities with higher unemployment rates/poverty rates on the list. No, money doesn't buy happiness but not having a job and worrying how you'll pay the bills does cause unhappiness and unhappiness causes stress. Poverty also can bring about crime, suicide, divorce and other negative side effects.
I would like to see a study conducted that uses the same criteria as the Sperling study, but looks at the criteria based on unemployment rate not population. I'm guessing the results would be much different.
Do you think these cities deserve this label?