10 Most, Least Relaxed Cities in America

Sunnyvale, Calif., takes the top spot, while Kansas City, Kan., needs to kick back more
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2021 11:40 AM CDT
Want to Kick Back? These US Cities Know How to Do It
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We could all use a breather after the past year, and some US cities offer more respite than others. LawnStarter sifted through data from the CDC, Census Bureau, and other government agencies, as well as stats from recreational organizations, health groups, and Yelp, to figure out which American cities are the most relaxed. The site looked at 190 or so of the most populated US cities across seven main categories: mental health, physical health, financial health, work environment, physical environment (e.g., gun violence, divorce rates, hate crimes, etc.), social environment, and entertainment. Here are the cities that are totally chill, and those that could use a good massage:

Most Relaxed

  1. Sunnyvale, Calif. (No. 1 in "Physical Health" category)
  2. Arlington, Va.
  3. San Francisco (No. 1 in "Physical Environment" category)
  4. Bellevue, Wash.
  5. Seattle
  6. Naperville, Ill. (No. 1 in "Financial Health," "Social Environment" categories)
  7. Garden Grove, Calif. (No. 1 in "Mental Health" categories)
  8. Fort Collins, Colo.
  9. Fullerton, Calif.
  10. Honolulu

Least Relaxed

  1. Augusta, Ga.
  2. St. Louis
  3. Little Rock, Ark.
  4. Cleveland
  5. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  6. Clarksville, Tenn.
  7. Shreveport, La.
  8. Detroit
  9. Kansas City, Kan.

See where other cities fell in the rankings here. (These are the hardest-working cities in America.)

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