Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

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BUILT FOR STRESS * Marketing website WalletHub has released its "Most and Least Stressed Cities in the U.S."

And frankly, it's ABOUT TIME!

After months of regrets and worry, we now find out where St. Louis fits in when it comes to national tension tiers: It's not good, but it's not all bad. (We could be Detroit.)

Our town ranks No. 15 on the list of most-stressed cities. Number crunchers looked at the 150 most populous cities in the U.S. and used 27 factors, "relevant metrics" in the trade, to conjure the rankings.

The five most-stressed cities are Detroit; the Alabama burghs of Mobile and Birmingham; then Memphis and Cleveland.

Bad news for St. Louis: Our crimes stats were ranked as the worst. We also scored poorly on "coping with stress," "health and safety" issues and "family-related stress."

Good news: We seem to be OK on the job. Of the 150 cities, St. Louis was No. 129 for workforce stress.

Some statewide superlatives: Kansas City, 64th overall, was the single-best city for high job security; and Springfield, 75th overall, was third-best in the nation in the amount of sleep gotten each night. (Yes, that's a factor.)

So all in all, not a terrible showing for St. Louis. But with a bit more focus and hard work, next year we can DO MUCH BETTER!

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE * Wallethub may say that St. Louisans are totally stressed out, but we seem to enjoy that type of environment, according to Wallethub.

On the marketers' newest list, "Best & Worst Cities for Staycations," our fair burgh ranked No. 14, one spot head of New Orleans, when it came to staying at home for vacations.

Out of the 150 most populous U.S. cities, St. Louis finished extremely high in "food and recreation," No. 3 overall, and No. 21 in "recreation."

In subcategories, we scored high (No. 4) when it came to the number of museums per capita, trailing only New Orleans, Chattanooga, Tenn. …

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