For those looking at relocation
as a way to reduce stress, a new study says Salt Lake City, Utah, is the least stressful city in the country.
The study, completed by Portfolio.com
, examined a number of factors, from unemployment, income growth and poverty to crime, air quality and even sunshine. Salt Lake City - based on low rates of crime and unemployment - narrowly beat out Virginia Beach for the top spot, with each city receiving a Stress Index score of nearly -8.
One the other end of the spectrum - as the most stressed city in the country - was Detroit, Michigan. The city's high unemployment rate and the prevalence of crime combined with a number of other factors to give it a score of more than nine - much higher than the 5.9 reported by the No. 2 city, Los Angeles.
Other low-stress moving destinations, according to the report, include Minnesota's Twin Cities, Raleigh, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.
Stress is a constant problem for a growing number of Americans. According to a 2007 study by the American Psychological Association, 48 percent of adults in the U.S. said that their stress level had increased over the previous five years.