Twin Cities among least stressed metros, CNN study says

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Minnehaha Falls: Who could possibly be stressed in this lovely corner of Minneapolis?
Earlier this month, we told you about a Movoto Real Estate study that ranked Minnesota among the least stressed states. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that a new CNNMoney study puts Minneapolis among the least stressed cities.

For the study, which looked at the 55 Americans metros with populations of one million or more, CNNMoney "spoke with experts, including the American Psychological Association, to come up with 15 of the biggest indicators of stress in urban areas," an explanation of the methodology says.

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"Using statistics from government and non-profit sources, CNNMoney then collected data for 55 metro areas and divisions with populations of 1 million or more," the explanation continues. "The factors for each major metro area and division were then broken up into five categories: the economy and money, work, family, lifestyle and crime. All factors were normalized, grouped into categories, weighted and then added together to create an overall ranking." (Read the full explanation here.)

Minneapolis/St. Paul clocked in as the fourth least-stressed metro, only behind third-place Raleigh, Rochester (New York), and Salt Lake City, which ranked as the least stressed major metro.

In its discussion of the Twin Cities, CNNMoney cites our relatively bad traffic as one factor contributing to stress. (Another recent study, however, found that our traffic is relatively free-flowing.)

But on the other side of the equation, "Minneapolis' residents enjoy a quality of life that's hard to beat," CNNMoney writes. (Though CNNMoney consistently refers just to Minneapolis, the study's methodology indicates it actually considers the metro as a whole, not just Minnesota's largest city.)

More from the study:
Less than 11% of the city's residents live below the poverty line, one of the lowest rates of all 55 metro areas that CNNMoney analyzed. Unemployment is also low, due in part to a number of large Fortune 500 companies, ranging from Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) to Hormel Foods (HRL) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH).

"The biggest stress point for someone is, 'Do I have a job?' and here, most people are able to find work," said Todd Klingel, president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Residents feel pretty great, too. Only 11% of residents surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control said they were in fair or poor health, and smoking is less common than in many other cities.
Here, by contrast, are CNN's 10 most stressed cities:

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CNN

With traffic congestion, binge drinking, and cold winters being cited as three factors that make life in the Twin Cities somewhat stressful, is it fair to infer that MSP's sober winter bikers live one of the most stress-free urban lifestyles imaginable?

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.



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Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

Not for me. I make it out at least one night every summer weekend, weather permitting. I have a young son, so I have to wait till he goes to bed, but after that it's game on. I suppose it doesn't hurt to be a bicycle commuter who lives blocks away from Nokomis. And in the winter I cross country ski on Minnehaha Creek.

Lois Patterson
Lois Patterson

There are only a relatively few nights of the year that this is a workable stress solution, though!

Sharon L Keefe Borseth
Sharon L Keefe Borseth

To live in Mpls in a decent neighborhood you better have a good income. Rent is crazy... Home prices are the same. Plus the winters are terrible if you have a commute to work. I lived in Mpls for over 28 yrs. Now I'm in the land of the Sun,, ( for a reason) ;=]

Bert Schlauch
Bert Schlauch

The other top Cities were not cosmopolitan like our Twin Cities. The Twin Cities is liberal and accepting of different races and cultures, and I relieve stress by cooking and eating ethnic foods, which are readily available. Would the survey results change for a resident who is a member of a minority group?

Rick Floyd
Rick Floyd

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gregapplekamp
gregapplekamp

I agree. Overall, we have a great quality of life here.  Great music and arts scene, great lakes, parks, bike trails, coffee shops, restaurants a downtown that stays alive well into the evening, great medical care, neighborhoods.  The only thing I'd change are the long winters!

John Bunch
John Bunch

Because people in Middle America are relaxed. I could not live in LA or Boston.

Durk Gescheidle
Durk Gescheidle

Nothing compared to the mosquitoes and humidity in FL. But point taken.

Andrea Bolks
Andrea Bolks

Sarah Hughes- mpls is on the lowest end and chicago it in the top 3 :p

Jimmy Yang
Jimmy Yang

Have...they...lived here??? Mosquitoes and humidity

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

cnn reporting real news? no wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy! haha ... kudos

Michelle Zachary McKinney
Michelle Zachary McKinney

Was born and raised here. However I lived out East for 25 years (won't name the city). Although I miss my wonderful friends there, it is definitely less stressful here. Something I knew all along.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

Whenever I get stressed, I head out for a nighttime swim in Lake Nokomis, and all is forgotten. Minneapolis is a great city to live in for those who love city living, but do not wish to sacrifice an outdoors lifestyle.

Durk Gescheidle
Durk Gescheidle

I moved to Florida over ten years ago. I really miss the Twin Cities for a lot of reasons--the music scene and general political and social atmosphere are preferable to Tampa--hell, it's not even close. But, there are the interminable winters. So here I am and here I'll probably stay.

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