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Salt Lake City tops list of least-stressed cities

A new report says Salt Lake City has the least amount of stress.

A new report says Salt Lake City has the least amount of stress.

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.ADNFCR-3450-ID-19938200-ADNFCR