The Best Least Stressful Cities To Live In

We’ve all thought about packing our stuff up and moving somewhere, right?

Well, before you go off and actually do it, you should consider a place where your anxiety and stress levels aren’t always peaking. Think about it. Anxiety and stress contribute to poor mental health. And who wants to experience that in a new place?

Build new memories you can look back and be fond of.

Zipjet conducted some research and found out the least stressful cities to live in!

Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase. We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it. We’re happy to be a part of the wave of digitalization working to reduce stress all around the world.

– Managing Director of Zipjet, Florian Färber

Time is important, so here you go.

The 10 least stressful cities to live in around the world:

  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Hannover, Germany
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Munich, Germany
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Graz, Austria

Take a look at a building in Stuttgart!

least stressful cities 2017
Stuttgart, Germany

Or take a load off and chill out in front of this government building in Edinburgh!

best least stressful cities to live in 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

I’ve put the top 10 cities into a Google Maps so you can see where they’re all concentrated in.

The next 10 ranked cities are:

  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Seattle, United States
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nice, France
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Melbourne, Australia

The US makes a surprising appearance in No. 12. I thought a US city would place in the mid-20s.

Guess where New York City ranks.

Zipjet put NYC at 84th place. Chicago ranks higher at 83rd. Even Los Angeles is higher, at 81. Surprised? Not really, but kind of.

I’ll get to why NYC deserves its rank in a different post.

Least stressful city to live 2017
Zurich, Switzerland

I can only speculate why European cities rank higher than the rest of the world when it comes to stress. Green spaces, people are happier, there’s more gender equality, have better mental health treatments… And the variety of food. That must be it, right?


Zipjet looked at unemployment, debt, traffic, infrastructure, pollution, population density, security, and natural elements like sunlight hours, the weather, to generate a ranking of 150 cities from best to worst in terms of stress levels.

And they came up with this formula:

Scorei = 1 + 9 * ((xi-xmin) / (xmax-xmin))

Final Scorei = 40% Cityi + 10% Pollutioni + 25% Financei + 25% Peoplei

Yeah, I don’t get it either, but that’s the formula. And they did applied it to 150 cities and ranked them from least stressful to the most stressful to live in.

If you’re curious about the most stressful city to live in…

Are you ready?

It’s Baghdad.

Please go take a look at the full ranking! Click here.

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