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February 1, 2015

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Study ranks Las Vegas as nation’s second most stressful city


Steve Marcus

A view of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, Sept. 16, 2011.

There are plenty of things to be stressed about in Las Vegas — high unemployment, plummeting home values, even just a rough night at the casino.

There are so many potential sources for anxiety, in fact, that a recent study by has ranked Las Vegas as the second most stressful city in the country.

The study looked at factors including traffic, crime, the economy and mental health when ranking the country’s largest 50 metropolitan areas.

Las Vegas received some of the highest marks for divorces — 13.2 percent of the population is divorced, according to the study — and fared poorly in the number of violent crimes per capita.

The city’s rate of 18 suicides per 100,000 people was the highest among the top 10 metropolitans on the list.

One positive Las Vegas has going for it is the sunshine; according to the study, no other city surveyed had fewer cloudy days.

The No. 1 most stressful area Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg, which was joined on the list by four other Florida locales, indicating that things may not be so sunny in the Sunshine State.

Rounding out the top 10 are Sacramento, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Seattle and Detroit.

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  1. The only surprise here being Las Vegas is not #1. The paperwork must have been submitted after the deadline. Don't despair. There is always next year.

  2. Some people thrive on "stress," and Las Vegas probably isn't the place for those who don't.