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How 'Stressed Out' is Tampa?



By Christina Sturgis recently compiled a list of the top 10 "most stressed" cities starting with the nation's capital. What can this list, which includes Miami, tell us about keeping our cool in Tampa?

The editors crunched the numbers: hours worked, unemployment, commuting time, cost of living and the crime rate for the nation's major cities and came up a list that starts with Washington, D.C., and follows with New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Jersey City, Oakland, Calif., Chicago, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

The analysis begins with a look at economic indicators, “usual hours worked” as compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, a measure of whether businesses have more or less demand for labor, and unemployment. Tampa’s hours fell from 39.6 to 39.1 in the years of the study, due to involuntary part-time work and decreased overtime.

The unemployment rate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area is 6.3 percent, implying a bit less stress than in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metropolitan statistical area, where the rate is 5.9 percent.

Long rides or drives to and from work can elevate the blood pressure, so looked at length of commutes. The average commuting time as reported by the Census Bureau in minutes is 22.4 in Tampa, 21.9 in St. Petersburg and 21.9 in Clearwater, shorter than the Florida average of 25.8 and the national average of 25.4.

New York City clocks in at 39.1 minutes, contributing to a New York State average of 31.5 minutes.

Movoto consulted Sperling’s Best Places to see how groceries, health, rental costs or mortgage payments and utilities transportation factor. On a scale where 100 is the national average, the cost of living in Tampa is 87.7 and New York City is 168.9.

Since crime upsets people whether they experience it personally or not, the crime rates were analyzed. On a scale where four is average for the nation, Tampa is an eight for violent crime and a six for property crime. New York City is a six on violent crime and a three on property crime.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:00pm]


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