Raleigh ranks among least stressed in U.S. top 50 metros

Posted September 7, 2010

— Raleigh ranks among the least-stressed metro areas, while Charlotte ranks among the worst, according to a new survey from business news website

Raleigh ranks 47th among the top 50 largest metros in levels of stress, says.

Charlotte, meanwhile, ranks 11th.

The survey, reported in conjunction with American City Business Journals, is based on an index of 10 indicators.

Detroit ranked worst in the survey, followed by Los Angeles, Cleveland, the Riverside, Calif., area, St. Louis and New York City.

Salt Lake City had the lowest stress level, with Virginia Beach-Norfolk placing second.

Factors used in the rankings included: Unemployment, income growth, poverty, deaths from circulatory-system diseases, sunshine, unhealthy air, robberies, murders, commuting, and housing costs.

For more about the survey, read here.


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  • Pseudonym Sep 7, 2010


    Not just Detroit. ALL of Michigan. A couple of years ago a guy in Saginaw sold his house for $1.75!

    Too bad. It's a BEAUTIFUL state in the summertime.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 7, 2010

    What the survey is saying is that of the top 50 metro areas, 46 are more stressful than Raleigh. In relative terms, this is a good thing.

    Charlotte is probably still dealing with the problems with the banking system.

  • Adelinthe Sep 7, 2010

    "Raleigh ranks 47th among the top 50 largest metros in levels of stress, says."

    That's what's happen when so many get laid off and no one is CREATING NEW JOBS.

    Praying for us all, cause Barack just doesn't get it.

    God bless.


  • copforlife Sep 7, 2010

    "Least Stressed"????? Apparently they didn't pole residents with children in Wake County School Districts.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 7, 2010

    No offense, but is there really a need for MBAs anymore? I can't think of any. Nobody I know at work has one. The management in our engineering group is common sense. Hopefully, MBAs will be the next profession outsourced to India.

  • grayboomerang Sep 7, 2010

    I dunno, someone needs to send this to the "yard policeman" in our neighborhood who likes to leave nasty anonymous notes in your box complaining about your yard. And no, we don't have a HOA and yes, I have contacted the Postal Inspector about angry hands in my mailbox.

    Apparently someone in our neighborhood is pretty darn stressed...such a pity.

  • Big Mike Sep 7, 2010

    If that's the case then why is everyone "stressed".....

  • BubbaDuke Sep 7, 2010

    If the government could do anything to make life better, they would have done so by now. Instead we've got rent control laws, and the cities with the most stringent laws happen to be the ones where housing is least affordable. If it's regulated, it's too costly and too inefficient.

  • edits Sep 7, 2010

    @ Bottom Line: Shake and Bake! Oh wait, that is wrong! It is now The Magic Man and El Diablo.

    I read that and it cracked me up! Still laughing!

  • mayhem Sep 7, 2010

    Wow, if that's the case, I'm sure glad I don't live somewhere else. I'd probably be in jail for homicide(s).