Being there are so many cities in the United States, there has to be a part 2 of the Least Stressful Cities in America! Part 1 can be found here. We ended off last time with Richmond, Virginia, and now, without further adieu, here are the remaining five cities on the list:
6. Buffalo, New York
This is the second city on the list from the Empire State, with the first being Rochester. Buffalo, New York may be known for being extremely close to Canada, having torrid winters, and being the birthplace of the original Buffalo chicken wing, but there is so much more to the city.
Not only does it have some beautiful scenery, especially in the warmer months, but its crime rate is extremely low and so is the price of living in the city.
Buffalo is also notable for having one of the shortest, if not the shortest, average work commute times of any major cities, with the added bonus of having shorter work hours. It’s a city where your dollar will go a long way.
7. Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford may only be a few hours away from New York City, which is arguably the most stressed out city in America, but it is the polar opposite.
Work commute times are extremely short, traffic is a non-issue, and the average number of work hours during the week is much shorter than the nation’s average. Another benefit of living in Hartford is that there are a myriad of work opportunities available in terms of different fields. Many finances, insurance, and health companies hold prominent positions in Hartford.
One of the only negatives of Hartford is that it has a high cost of living.
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8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh has shaken off its industrial reputation as a steel town and now enjoys being a place where a wide variety of companies exist and thrive. The influx of companies into Pittsburgh has resulted in a city that has its highest employment rate ever. Even better is that there are short commutes to work and very manageable work hours.
Pittsburgh’s residents are certainly passionate about their sports teams, and watching a game seems to be the most stressful thing about living in the city. Housing prices are affordable and crime rates are low as well.
9. San Jose, California
San Jose, California may be expensive, but if you can afford it, it’s one of the least stressful cities to live in.
Not only does it have a multitude of technology jobs available, but its poverty rate is also very low. A number of weekly work hours in the city is just about average, but its commute times are way below average, especially compared to other major cities in California.
The city is full of parks and trails, as it’s extremely green. As a result, its citizens are above-average in health and also regular exercise. The almost year-round sunny weather certainly helps out!
10. Sacramento, California
Another city on the list in California is Sacramento. A city in which its residents are known for their superb health, smoking rates are low and physical activity is high. That’s thanks, in part, to the numerous bike paths throughout the city, the beautiful mountains that are only a stone’s throw away, and fantastic, sunny weather.
The work week in Sacramento is one of the shortest of any major city in the United States and so are the commute times. The one negative though is that its unemployment rate remains high at over 8%.
So there you have it, the least stressed out cities in America!
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