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Life in Cleveland less stressful than other major cities

Zillow Published: June 10, 2014 9:28 AM

By Christina Sturgis

A new report shows that C-Town is less stressful since it is safer and more affordable than other major cities.

Movoto looked at average commuter time, number of weekly work hours, and rate of unemployment, cost of living and crime per 100,000 people in major cities. The report found that these cities were the most stressed as a result of that criteria: Washington, D.C., New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Jersey City, N.J.; Oakland, Calif., Chicago, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Movoto analyzed the cities according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistics on “usual work hours.” Work hours fell in 46 out of 50 of the largest metropolitan areas and none of them reported an increase. The longest work hours were reported in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown; with 40.3 hours. The shortest work hours were in Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y., with 36.9 hours. Cleveland reported a drop from 38.5 hours to 37.6 over the course of the study.

Lack of work can be very stressful, which is why unemployment rate was also factored. Cleveland’s rate is 6.7 percent on a scale that ranges from 2.7 percent in Midland, Texas, to 22.5 percent in Yuma, Ariz. The unemployment rate in the nation’s capital is 5 percent. About 6.7 percent unemployment is contributing to the stress in Philadelphia.

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Fighting traffic is bad for the blood pressure, so Movoto factored in commuting. The national average is 25.4 minutes. Washington, D.C. – notorious for Beltway traffic – clocked in at 29.6 minutes, while the Cleveland residents arrived home in an average of 24.2 minutes. Ohio’s average is 23.

The cost of living is lower in Cleveland, too. Sperling’s Best Places says it would cost $85,100 to live in Washington, D.C., as well as one could on $50,000 in Cleveland.

Crime is lower Cleveland than Washington, according to Best Places. On a scale where 4 is average for the United States, Cleveland is a 9 on violent crime and an 8 on property crime. Washington is a 9 on violent crime and a 6 on property crime. Streetsboro’s crime rate is 4 for both types.

Cleveland ranked 46th on Movoto’s list, followed by Bakersfield, Calif., Irving, Texas, and Tampa, Fla. Looking to find a new home in the least-stressful major city? Consider Charlotte, N.C.

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