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Study: Philadelphia Ranks Among Nation’s Most Stressed Out Cities

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Are you feeling stressed out?

According to data gathered by the Movoto Real Estate Blog, Philadelphia ranked the ninth most stressed out city in America.

To calculate the ranking for the nation’s 100 largest cities, Movoto Real Estate Blog created a set of seven criteria they felt best encapsulated the root of stress for most people including:

  • Commute time
  • Unemployment
  • High cost of living
  • Crime per 100,000 residents
  • Hours worked
  • Population density
  • Percentage of income spent on rent

 

The higher any of these was, the more stressful the city was. The Movoto Real Estate Blog used data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2008-2012 and the FBI.

The Blog gave each city a score of 1 to 100, with one being worst, in the seven individual criteria. These individual scores were then averaged into one total score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out city in America.

Here’s their list of the 10 Most Stressed Out Cities:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. New York, NY
  3. Miami, FL
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Jersey City, NJ
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Los Angeles, CA

 

According to the Blog’s data, the average commute time in Philadelphia is 35 minutes, which was the fourth worst they found.  Population density was another big stress factor in the city, ranking eighth overall with 11,378 people per square mile.

For more information on this study, click here.

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