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Two months after St. Pete called "saddest" city, Tampa Bay nailed as "most stressful"



thescream.jpegHey, quit picking on Tampa Bay. And the rest of Florida, too. Two months ago, Men's Health magazine decided to run a "Frown Towns" survey that said St. Petersburg was the saddest city in America. Don't worry. Tampa and Miami and Orlando were not far behind.

Now comes another survey from CNBC that says Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is the "most stressful" metro area. It beats out No. 2 Las Vegas, which is quickly followed by No. 3 Miami and No. 4 Jacksonville.

To measure the stress of residents in American cities, data cruncher Sperling’s Best Places considered the 50 largest metropolitan areas. The team considered the following factors: divorce rate, commute times, unemployment, violent crime, property crime, suicides, alcohol consumption, mental health, sleep troubles, and the annual amount of cloudy days.

Says CNBC: "The data behind this list does not paint a cheery picture. The Sunshine State, in particular, seems much less sunny — dismal, even."

So that makes our metro area tops, again, in the ranking of wretchedness. What gives?

And if the Sunshine State is so "dismal," is Gov. Rick Scott helping or hurting our malaise?

-- Robert  Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times


[Last modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 4:41pm]


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