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Miami is America's Third Most Stressful City

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Sea breezes and sunshine apparently aren't stress busters, as five Florida cities have found themselves in CNBC.com's top ten list of America's most stressful cities. Miami came in third thanks in part to crime, crappy traffic and high unemployment. 


CNBC asked Sperling's Best Places to crunch the numbers on the following categories: 

divorce rate, commute times, unemployment, violent crime, property crime, suicides, alcohol consumption, mental health, sleep troubles, and the annual amount of cloudy days.


Surprisingly, Miami doesn't have much of a drinking problems. We were only in the fourth percentile in the alcohol consumption category. Every study or ranking that takes drinking into account always lists us low. So while that isn't an aberration, it always catches us off guard. Similarly, our suicide and divorce rates are low compared to the rest of the cities in the top ten. 

Though, we're in the 97th percentile for property crime, and 95th percentile for violent crime. Our commute time was also among the highest in the top ten. 

Here's the exact data on metro Miami: 

Population: 2,472,015

Divorced: 11.5%

Commute time - minutes: 33.2

Unemployment: 12.5%

Violent crime per 100,000 population: 733.3

Property crime per 100,000 population: 4,678.3

Suicides per 100,000 population: 9.3

Cloudy days annually: 117

The Sunshine State dominated the top ten list. Tampa came in 1st, while Jacksonville came in 4th. Orlando and West Palm Beach also made the top ten. 


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