It’s no secret these last few years have been stressful. With a global pandemic, financial stressors due to inflation, and even political upheaval, it’s been hard to maintain a semblance of normalcy. While people want to focus on self-care, many don’t know where to start!
So, we wanted to determine which states are the best place to go to find a bit of rest and rejuvenation. We studied the 100 most populous cities in the United States, gathering data about the weather, work ethic, crime rate, income, and employment of self-care professionals. From there, we conducted a weighted analysis to find out America’s most relaxed and stressed cities.
Top Relaxed and Stressed Cities
The most relaxed city in America is Irvine, California. Aside from having beautifully sunny and consistently perfect California weather, the city is less than a 30-minute drive from Laguna and Newport Beach. The median household income is more than $108,000, which gives families money to put toward treating themselves. On top of that, most people spend around 38 hours working each week, which means two more hours of beach time. Not bad!
Irvine was one of three California cities to rank in the top 10. Fremont ranked 4th and Chula Vista came in 8th. It appears that if you want a getaway, you should head West. 9 of the 10 most relaxed cities were out there including 3 from Arizona (Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler).
The only outlier was Madison, Wisconsin. While the home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has brutal winter weather, people make the most of it by kicking back and relaxing by the fireplace. The average hours people work weekly in Madison is just 36 hours! Many people also have a less than 10-minute commute to work, and very little crime to worry about. FBI data shows Madison had only 16 violent crime offenses in 2019.