Stressed out? Maybe it’s your hometown:
If you’re having trouble relaxing, it might be because you’re living in the wrong city. Places with high unemployment, heavy traffic and long working hours can be physically painful to live in: Stressful environments can take their toll on your health, causing everything from headaches and back pain to high blood pressure and heart disease.
So where can you go to escape the rat race? If you’re searching for a mellow metro in the nation, head for the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., metro area. The Twin Cities rank No. 1 on our list of America’s Most Relaxed Cities.
In No. 1-ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul, joblessness isn’t the stress-inducer it is elsewhere: At 7%, the unemployment rate is well below the 9.6% national average. Fewer than 5% of workers spend their mornings stuck in traffic, and 84% of the population reported recent exercise–the best workout rate of any city we surveyed. The metro also scored well for its high percentage of inhabitants that have medical coverage and good general physical health.
If you moved here, you would have to put up with the Vikings, which might increase your blood pressure, but at least we have the Twins.