THE most stressful city in the USA.... Tampa, FL

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  1. mocgator
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    Really odd that so many Florida towns are in the top ten...

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/new...udy_tampa_bay_area.html#.Uiju29FE6YI.facebook

    A new study has ranked the Tampa Bay area as the "most stressful city" in the United States. Four other Florida cities - Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, and West Palm Beach - made the top ten list.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/stressful_cities_2012_list.aspx

    Rank Population Metro area States Divorced Commute time Unemployment Crime-violent Crime-property
    1 2,780,800 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL 12.30% 28.3 11.20% 500 3387.2
    2 1,908,000 Las Vegas-Paradise NV 13.20% 27 14.00% 763.4 2921.9
    3 2,472,000 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL 11.50% 33.2 12.50% 733.3 4678.3
    4 1,374,300 Jacksonville FL 12.30% 28 10.40% 557 3772.4
    5 1,918,300 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI 11.40% 27 15.70% 1111.2 4152.4
    6 2,140,500 Orlando-Kissimmee FL 10.70% 29.6 10.40% 613.7 3594.5
    7 4,251,600 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA 9.60% 33 14.70% 368.5 2694.6
    8 2,163,300 Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA 11.20% 27.9 12.50% 478.1 3106.6
    9 2,612,100 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA 11.30% 30.3 9.00% 316.7 3881.7
    10 1,300,900 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL 10.70% 27.7 11.20% 540.2 3567.5
    11 1,765,600 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield FL 11.60% 30 9.60% 483.2 3840
    12 2,471,900 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI 9.50% 29.9 13.10% 269.2 2025.1
    13 2,574,000 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA 9.90% 32.9 11.00% 581.5 3183.9
    14 10,144,100 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA 8.40% 32.4 13.30% 509 2362.3
    15 5,567,700 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA 10.20% 33.3 10.40% 413.8 3462.6
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    Can't stand the traffic in Tampa
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    I hadn't been in that area for a long time until my daughter moved to Largo. I don't like it all. Just so large, so much traffic. And she's got to drive to Tampa everyday
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    Tampa's traffic is a breeze compared to Orlando, though. My time there included a commute from the farthest Northern suburbs to South Tampa and it never really exceeded 25 minutes.

    Try San Francisco if you want to enjoy some real traffic.
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    Interesting. I'm entering my 5th year here in Tampa, and I hadn't really thought much about this. Something to think about, both river and gatorman mention the traffic (which we definitely have), but the commute time listed is lower than basically every other big city. This factor seems like it might be a function solely of city size. The divorce rate seems quite high though.
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    No offense to the OP, but I call BS on that report. Any report that doesn't have Detroit as number one is a flawed report, IMHO.
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    I can think of far more stressful locations:

    1. Anyplace in Detroit south of 8 mile road.
    2. Los Angeles. Whether you leave for work at 6 AM or 9 AM, you arrive about the same time.
    3. Atlanta area if you work downtown. See above.
    4. DC area if you are a republican in the Senate. (why even bother to show up)
    5. Philadelphia if you are white and have not moved to the burbs.
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    It took me an hour to drive about 1 1/2-2 miles during rush hour.
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    Between the top-notch breweries and strip clubs, at least there are some outlets for that stress. But I guess alcohol use is one of the contributing factors. :)
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    Denver has some of the most top notch breweries and people seem to be much more relaxed there.
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    Its the weed. :laugh: But there is some truth there ... Florida is one of the worst states in terms of tolerance for pot and other drugs (unless its our pill mills).
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    haha :laugh: rep I forgot about that
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    Are we talking about a different Tampa. I spent 4 years there and never saw that.
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    This.
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    I had a FHP official explain to me once that different parts of the country have different unofficial rules about driving. People there know that and everyone's on the same page. Then they all come to Florida with all those different habits ...
    At least that was his explanation.
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    I think this is a very sensible explanation. It is more difficult for social norms to emerge in a population of heterogenous origins. Who knows if that is actually happening, but I believe this is consistent with theory.
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    Really odd that so many Florida towns are in the top ten...

    Well, I certainly find driving behind white heads stressful.
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    I had a car like that once.
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