Our report about Florida coming in at No. 1 on a list of the most stressed-out states seems to have touched a nerve. The ranking, from real estate blog Movoto, looked at unemployment, population density, lack of health insurance and other stressors.
Tampa Bay Times readers shared the story more than 300 times on Facebook and Twitter and dozens weighed in with comments. Here's just a sample. To read the full story, go to tbtim.es/3ys, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/tampabaycom.
Beth Pierce: I just relocated to the Tampa Bay area after spending a long time in Baltimore/DC metro area … I took early retirement from my teaching career because I could no longer deal with the terrible traffic, endless work commute, nasty cold winters and fast-paced lifestyle; yes we have issues, here … but it is paradise compared to many other places!
Krista Keffer Elder: How many people did the(y) interview for this "downer'' article? Florida is Paradise. Sure we have traffic. That's all the people trying to enjoy our State. What's not to love? Don't believe everything you read.
Erin White: Real estate prices in the toilet, along with our job prospects. That's what happened. I'd still rather live here than shovel snow.
Dale Haagenstad: Thank our screwed up Dept of whoever does the roads here. We moved here 12 years ago and U.S. 19 was under construction. Still is … and lets not forget about the great roundabout in Clearwater.
Bryan Bihorel: I love living here. But I find myself dreaming of moving away to a place where there is no tourism, just so that I can drive down to the corner store without avoiding accidents with 3 different vehicles, all going 20 mph slower than they should, all with out of state license plates.
Cindy Arington Greer: Oh yes! Give me TN. Anytime over Fl. Love bugs. Crime, heat, humid … Uggh
Scott Acker: Traffic jams here pale in comparison to many other areas. Atlanta, Dallas are two that I'm familiar with.
Ada Rodriguez Gallardo: I love Florida … working from home and making good money … no state tax, no inspections twice a year on vehicles, no snow tires, and the list goes on
Carl Aber: Florida doesn't know how to spell "stressed out''! This story is full of …
To see the Movoto information used in the ranking, go to tbtim.es/stressedout.