High-stress list rates three Virginia metro areas
- September 7, 2010
The Washington, D.C., area, including Northern Virginia, is the 15th most stressful place to live among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, according to Portfolio.com
By contrast, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area ranked as one of the least stressful at No. 49.
The Richmond region was in between, ranked No. 35.
The Portfolio.com ranking was based on a stress index using 10 measurable factors: deaths from circulatory diseases, unemployment rate, change in per-capita income, families living in poverty, robberies, ozone level, murders, average commuting time, mortgage affordability and sunshiny days.
The top 10 most stressful metro areas on the list were: Detroit; Los Angeles; Cleveland; Riverside, Calif.; St. Louis; New York; New Orleans; Chicago; Birmingham, Ala; and Miami.
The 10 least stressful areas were: Salt Lake City; Virginia Beach-Norfolk; Minneapolis-St, Paul; Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City; Denver; San Antonio; Kansas City, Mo;
Detroit had a stress index of 9.026. By comparison, Washington’s number was 2.181. The stress figures for Richmond and Virginia Beach-Norfolk were actually negative, -1.737 and -7.859, respectively.