Divorce Helps Make Seattle USA’s Ninth Most Stressful City

Posted on Apr 12, 2012
A new study conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces has found that Seattle is the ninth most stressful place to live in the country based on factors including the divorce rate, joblessness, sleep statistics, suicide, and commute times.

“The real surprise here is Seattle. It isn’t a city we normally think of as stressful, but the divorces, suicides and alcohol use are near the 80th percentile for our study, commuting is painful, and crime is surprisingly high," said researcher Bert Sterling.  Sterling added that while cloudy days were a factor in the study, the weather was not a heavily weighed aspect of the cities.

Five out of ten of the most stressful cities were in Florida, while the least stressful city was Minneapolis. Researchers were surprised to see Seattle in the results – and to see so many Florida cities at the top of the list.
It is unclear whether the Seattle divorce rate is caused by other factors in the stress study or whether the divorce rate causes stress in the first place. Researchers looked at alcohol use, property crime, violent crime, mental health statistics, sleep statistics, weather patterns, the unemployment rate, and the divorce rate, but did not consider which issues stem from stress and which issues create stress.

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