Realtor's Yuqing Pan and the Realtor.com data team pulled together a list of 11 metrics—including housing affordability, rent, average hours of sleep, and average work hours—to determine the United States' most and least stressed out states.
According to the list, the most stress-inducing cities in the country are Los Angeles, Riverside, Calif., Miami, Anchorage, Alaska; and New York. On the other end of the spectrum, Fargo, N.D., Burlington, Vt., Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D., are most supportive of an easy-going lifestyle.
Living in a city notorious for having the nation’s—if not the planet’s—worst commute, Angelenos start off their day with a soul-crushing slog to work, bathed in the exhaust fumes of other unhappy workers’ vehicles. Home prices in Los Angeles are soaring, but incomes still haven’t fully recovered from the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs from the 1970s through the ’90s. With a median household income of a little over $60,000, millions of Angelenos can barely afford to be Angelenos. Extra stress point: L.A. has the worst air pollution of any large American metro. Enjoy!