When you think of Florida, what comes to mind? Sunny beaches, theme parks, and a diverse culture, right? While these are all great things, it’s important to note that not every part of the Sunshine State is stress-free. According to a recent study by Zippia, stress levels differ significantly across different cities in Florida.
How the Study Was Conducted
In order to evaluate stress levels in different cities, Zippia, a renowned career resource website, analyzed a range of factors such as average weekly working hours, commute durations, and income-to-home price ratio. The study was conducted by utilizing data from reliable sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the FBI, and included 30 key metrics. The metrics assessed a number of crucial factors such as unemployment rates, poverty rates, divorce rates, crime rates, suicide rates, debt burdens, and health insurance coverage.
Florida’s Most Stressed City
According to a recent study, Lantana, a town located in Palm Beach County, has been ranked as the most stressed city in Florida. Despite being home to over 12,000 residents, Lantana only received an overall B rating on Niche, a website that offers reviews on neighborhoods, schools, and companies.
There are several reasons behind Lantana’s high stress levels:
- Lantana residents work an average of 42 hours per week.
- The city’s average commute lasts a substantial 27 minutes.
- The income-to-home price ratio is 3.6, signifying that the median home price exceeds the median household income by 3.6 times, imposing significant financial stress on the residents.
According to the research, the residents of Lantana are facing increased levels of stress related to work, financial difficulties, and housing pressures.
Florida’s Other Cities Experiencing High Levels of Stress
According to the study, Lantana is just one of many cities in Florida that is experiencing high levels of stress. In fact, the study identified several other cities in the state that are also struggling with stress, including:
- Hialeah, which ranks 18th overall, experiences the highest poverty rate (24.2%) and the lowest health insurance coverage (63.9%) in the state.
- Orlando, positioned at 35th overall, holds the highest divorce rate (16.8%) and boasts the highest crime rate (5,121 per 100,000 residents) among Florida cities.
- Tampa, ranked 43rd overall, reports the highest unemployment rate (10.4%) and the second-highest crime rate (4,262 per 100,000 residents) in Florida.
The Least Stressed City in Florida
According to the study, Pembroke Pines, situated in Broward County, has the distinction of being Florida’s least stressed city. With a population of more than 170,000, it boasts an impressive overall A rating on Niche.
There are several factors that contribute to Pembroke Pines’ reputation as a low-stress city:
- Residents in Pembroke Pines work an average of 38 hours per week for their average workweek.
- The average commute takes only 23 minutes in Pembroke Pines.
- The median home price in Pembroke Pines is 4.8 times higher than the median household income, indicating lower financial stress with a ratio of 4.8.