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Survey: Milwaukee-Waukesha 12th least stressful metro area

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Milwaukee skyline (courtesy of Wikipedia)
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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city is apparently more easy-going than we might have thought.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, the Milwaukee-Waukesha area is the 12th least stressful metro area among 50 that were surveyed around the country.

The rankings are based on several stress factors that include divorce rates, crime, suicide, unemployment, and traffic congestion.

Milwaukeeans have the shortest average commute among the 50 metros surveyed – just under 25 minutes one way. The area’s rates for the other stress factors were close to the average – which might be surprising, since Milwaukee has had some of the nation’s highest poverty rates the last few years.

Sperling says the Minneapolis-St.-Paul region, which includes parts of western Wisconsin, is the nation’s least stressful metro.

The Chicago area, which includes Kenosha County, is the 16th most stressful. Tampa-St. Petersburg is Number 1 for stress, followed by Las Vegas, Miami, Jacksonville, and Detroit. 

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