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Asheville rated No. 9 on list of ‘least-stressed’ American cities
Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:53

From Staff Reports

Asheville placed ninth on a list of the lest-stressed cities in the United States, according to a study by the financial websie SmartAsset.

The ranking was a significant improvement over last year, when the city known as “the Paris of the South” finished 23rd on a similar list.

Asheville also earned the highest ranking of any North Carolina city in the study.

The study developed a composite score for 512 U.S.  cities, based on average work week hours, commute times, divorce and unemployment rates, entertainment options and hours that citizens spent sleeping.

Derek Miller, a date journalist at SmartAsset, wrote, “Asheville is a good mix of relaxing — residents here get the eighth-most amount of sleep in the study — and fun.”

Winning the top spot on the list was Duluth, Minn., which was cited for its short work weeks and the average amount of sleep residents report getting.

Other top cities were Madison, Wisc., second-place; Iowa City, Iowa, third; Boulder, Colo. fourth; and Santa Fe, N.M., fifth.

Asheville finished just behind eighth-place-winner Missoula, Montana, and ahead of Lawrence, Kansas. 

Asheville was ranked 43rd overall in its rate of entertainment establishments per 1,000 businesses — at 19.4.



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