Las Vegas needs to relax... and take a nap

New survey calls Vegas one of America's most-stressed cities

LAS VEGAS - A new survey ranks Las Vegas as America's 12th-most stressed city.  

North Las Vegas ranked 37th, followed by Reno at 60th, and Henderson at 87th-most stressed.

The credit-monitoring and budget website, WalletHub, considered factors such as, work hours, debt, and divorce when ranking the stress levels of the nation's 150-largest cities.

Newark, NJ, Detroit, and Cleveland topped the list of most stressful cities, while smaller cities and some Phoenix suburbs were much more relaxed (full list below).

Las Vegas ranked especially high (5th in the nation) for "family stress," which includes divorce rate, share of single parents, share of potential cheaters, and duration of current marriage.

Las Vegas was also near the top when it comes to "health and safety stress," but near the middle of the pack in categories of "work stress" and "financial stress."

Residents of Southern Nevada also need a lot more sleep.  The survey said Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas all tied for the lowest average hours of sleep per night of any city in the U.S.

Theresa A. Wozencraft, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, said there are ways to reduce family stress.

"Families should make it a priority to eat supper together several times per week," said Wozencraft.  "This gives an opportunity for family members to share information with each other about their lives, as well as air any pending concerns each might have with another family member."

Wozencraft said families should also schedule meetings with one another and family members should make a point of telling each other about things they are thankful for.

When it comes to relaxing, you do not necessarily have to spend big bucks on a fancy vacation.

"Relax and restore is not just about a once-a-year occurrence," said New Mexico State psychology professor, Christopher Blazina.  "We can find quiet moments in our backyards or green spaces.  Regardless of venue, the key is committing to a regular encounter that is fundamental to our well-being."

Most Stressed Cities

1. Newark, NJ
2. Detroit, MI
3. Cleveland, OH
4. Jackson, MS
5. Miami, FL
6. Birmingham, AL
7. San Bernardino, AL
8. Rochester, NY
9. Augusta, GA
10. Shreveport, LA

12. Las Vegas, NV
37. North Las Vegas, NV
60. Reno, NV
87. Henderson, NV

Least Stressed Cities

141. Boise, ID
T-142. Madison, WI
T-142. Peoria, AZ
144. Gilbert, AZ
145. Irvine, CA
146. Sioux Falls, SD
147. Scottsdale, AZ
148. Overland Park, KS
149. Plano, TX
150. Fremont, CA


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