Could it be possible that the Tampa area is more stressful to live in than New York City? A study conducted by Forbes.com says yes. #
The Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area ranked fourth among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas in the study seeking to rank the nation’s most stressful cities. #
A ranking of fourth put the Tampa area ahead of New York City — which landed eighth — and Miami in the sixth, as the most stressful cities in the United States. Las Vegas was number one, with Los Angeles in second, and Houston in third, according to the report. #
Forbes analyzed the nation’s 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas based on six stress factors including high unemployment rate, long commute times, long work hours, limited health care, poor physical health, and limited exercise. #
The Tampa Bay area ranked in the top 10 in four of six categories, including the fifth-highest unemployment rate, 10th in long work hours, fourth in poor physical health, and ninth in limited exercise, according to the report. #
Last weekend’s tax day tea party rallies in Iowa and South Carolina featured Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, respectively, and by all accounts, attendance at the events was off. Bachmann carries the tea party mantle, although some activists resent her de facto leadership title, while Pawlenty is having trouble garnering the support of tea partiers even at his own events.