Miami Ranked Third Most Stressed American City

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You'd think a place where world travelers flock to lie around on the beach would be in a constant state of paradise-induced relaxation for its residents. Of course, anyone who calls Miami home knows that isn't always the case.

In fact, real estate blog Movoto has ranked Miami the third most stressed-out city in the entire United States.

So how did the folks at Movoto come to this conclusion? They factored in a number of criteriam including:

  • Commute time
  • Unemployment
  • High cost of living
  • Crime per 100,000 residents
  • Hours worked
  • Population density
  • Percentage of income spent on rent

Data came from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and FBI crime stats.

It turns out Miami's high rents are the leading reason for the city's bronze-medal placing.

"The biggest contributor to stress here is what we were just talking about with regard to NYC: affording a place to live," Movoto writes. "Miami residents put an average of 37 percent of their yearly household income towards rent, so just slightly less than NYC, placing this city at third overall for that criterion."

That shouldn't be much of a surprise. Miamians need to earn $17.50 an hour just to afford rent on a decent one-bedroom apartment. Riptide has also noted how rents in Miami are some of the most unaffordable for an average resident in the nation. The Miami Herald, meanwhile, has an interactive investigative report this week explaining why Miami's recent real estate boom has favored the rich and screwed over the average citizen.

Miami also ranked 12th overall (of America's 100 biggest cities) for crime, 14th for commute time, and ninth for population density. The Magic City ranked lowest for hours worked, at 47th.

Apparently, folks in Hialeah are a little less stressed. They came in 15th. Which still isn't that great. Though, even Hialeah came in fourth for unaffordable rents.

In case you're wondering, Washington, D.C., was ranked first, with NYC taking second. San Francisco just missed the podium in fourth place.

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45 comments
Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Adding, some being unable to shop given their maxed-out CAPITal ones...

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

No sh*t! With all the corruption, crimes, scams, delinquents, and all the bad people we have down here, I'm surprise we're not number ONE!

Madeleine Elejalde
Madeleine Elejalde

Ita, people in Miami live beyond their means in ever sense of the word. They live to impress others, instead of focusing in themselves, this city is a little city, trying to fill big city shoes and it shows! And don't get me started on the Latinos in this town, my peeps are totally cra- cra!

Carolina Sofia
Carolina Sofia

And all of you criticizing the Spanish speakers. Embrace it. Its called culture. Learn a new language. In Europe everyone is multilingual. Nothing streeses me more than narrow minded people!

Carolina Sofia
Carolina Sofia

That's Miami; first world country city with third world country salaries, traffic and attitude, but at least we have the beach! ;-)

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Higher rents, lower job prospects, rampant necessity of keeping up with fashion trends, etc.

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Ina Ludka "fix it" ???? How can you fix high cost of living, lowest national salaries, horrible traffic and born speaking your native language required to use a foreign one? You can't FIX these

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Tony Castaneira where have you been? Miami is strip malls !

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Devona Foxx so true! Im a Bachelor degree RN making $9 less an hour than Massachusetts and rent here is MUCH higher! State tax there nothing compared to tolls & gas sitting for hours OMG! Insane. Alway s say traffic here stresses me more than my job! Lets add MOST employers " bilingual a MUST" that is a HUGE STRESS! No where else is America do you see that nonsense!

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

One good thing about Miami. It ain't Broward. That shithole is all strip malls and townhomes populated by racists who use to live in Miami but hated the fact that somebody of color could do the job better than them

Matt Hirschenbein
Matt Hirschenbein

What? How can this be.... no one here works and if they do, they are always super fabulous. SMH

Marvin Payan
Marvin Payan

When you smoke as much as I do, you're never stressed...

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Add to that, the upcoming speed limit increase to 75mph STATEWIDE and Hialeans' "TOCAME LA PING@" attitude, plus their undeserved swag... Things will sure get lovely here!!

Sheri A Friedman
Sheri A Friedman

I can't see how living in the Devils armpit could be stressful

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

Stressed now, wait until a hurricane sets the area back 10 years.  Not to mention that the federal government thinks your condo is junk and won't back a loan for it. 

Paul Leary
Paul Leary

I somewhat lovingly call Miami a beauty and a BEAST, after my move to Broward months ago.

Lesley Lee
Lesley Lee

Amen Randy Familia what have I been saying?! Lmao.

Carlos Andres
Carlos Andres

I'm moving to Texas in two months.. Miami has not shit.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Because the chill out concept is just an illusion created and perpetuated by the tourism industry and local politicians. Wanna chill out at the beach? Be ready to spend A WHILE driving around looking for parking and then pray your car is still there and in one piece when you get back. Or, you can shell out $300+/night for a substandard hotel that will also charge you $25/night for parking.

Gilbert Tirado
Gilbert Tirado

Yeah here in Chicago is crazy and expenisive then u have state taxes, no it sucks more here, sorry.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Interesting that all of the top cities on that list are also run by Ubber-Liberals. Makes one think.

Gilbert Tirado
Gilbert Tirado

why are ppl stressing? im seeing 2 bdrm apts for 1200 a month in fairly decent areas, lil havana, 79th biscayne, and a shit load of decent paying hospitality jobs, what gives, i don't get it, please help?

James Fleming
James Fleming

While I read the research, it's B.S.! Try living in N.Y., L.A. or Chicago. Miami is a breeze to live in compared to the majority of metro cities in America.

Holger Werner
Holger Werner

I had a wonderful time in MIA in the 90s. Used to chill with Cubans, relaxed Ballers in Flamingo Park and Retirees....what happened to this Place smh.....

Rich Moyle Jr.
Rich Moyle Jr.

Ok. I live in the 2nd place city. Good to know if I ever move to Miami, I'll at least be lowering my stress.

nhojgnos
nhojgnos

Stop blaming others for your situation.


You can move closer to your job, find another job as an RN, since there are plenty of hospitals in the area. 


Miami isn't that expensive if you look harder because we no longer have apt complexes and areas since everything was condo-converted. So far more private renters/sellers.


Plenty of upside properties for sale / fixer uppers / bank owed, if you are willing to do the work (which labor is extreemely cheap).


Take the metro-rail or work at the VA or under geriatrics.  Or here is a beetter idea, go back to school. ARNP make 100K. 


If you believe cost of living, salaries, traffic, language barriers are "problems" that need to be fixed, you deserve $9/hr.  You are capable of making changes in your own life to rectify your unhappiness, instead of accepting it. 

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