A new report published by Portfolio.com today shows Austin as one of the least stressed large metropolitan areas in the country. Using a variety of measures, the website (owned by bizjournals, the same company that publishes the Austin Business Journal) ranked the 50 largest metropolitan areas and Austin was the 5th least stressed.
Salt Lake City ranked as the least stressed, followed by Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh, then Austin. Austin’s ranking was aided most by our low rate of murders and deaths from circulatory-system diseases. All together there were 10 categories that were measured in the analysis to determine the rankings.
- Unemployment (Worst: Las Vegas at 14.5%. Best: Washington D.C. at 6.4%)
- Income Growth (Worst: Las Vegas. Best: Virginia Beach)
- Poverty (Worst: Memphis at 13.9%. Least: Washington D.C. at 4.7%)
- Deaths from Circulatory System Disease (Worst: New Orleans. Least: Austin)
- Sunshine (Least: Pittsburgh. Most: Las Vegas)
- Unhealthy Air (Worst: Sacramento. Best: San Francisco)
- Robberies (Most: Cleveland. Fewest: Virginia Beach)
- Murders (Most: New Orleans. Fewest: Salt Lake City)
- Commuting (Longest: New York City. Shortest: Buffalo)
- Housing Costs (Worst: Los Angeles. Best: Buffalo)
Overall, the worst performing metropolitan area was Detroit, followed by Los Angeles, Cleveland, Riverside (CA), and St. Louis.
To see the complete list of metropolitan areas and more information about the study, go to www.portfolio.com.