Oh sure we've got decent weather and calming seas, but it's not exactly a surprise that for us living year round in Miami life can be stressful. Let's not even get started on our ridiculous traffic, horrible parking, and tanked economy. So it shouldn't be shocking to discover that Miami has ranked on Forbes list of most stressful cities.
To come up with our rankings, we analyzed quality-of-life data from the 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and as used by the U.S. Census Bureau. For financial indicators, we looked at unemployment rates for July, and because it's not only a lack of employment that causes anxiety but also too much of it, average weekly working hours as reported by the Census Bureau in April. We also factored in housing affordability, as measured by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index for the second quarter, and cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research.
Because air quality plays a role in mental wellbeing, we looked at the number of days per year with dangerous ozone levels, using the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2011 report, which is based in part on data supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also took into account traffic congestion data from the 2010 Urban Mobility Report by the Texas Transportation Institute; 2010 Census numbers on population density; and cities' historic average of sunny days, as recorded by the National Climate Data Center.
Miami came in at an unlucky number 13. The site doesn't get into much specifics of individual cities, but says we, "For starters, they contend with the 7th least-affordable housing and an unemployment rate of 11.3%."
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