Mesa tops five Arizona cities with least stressful commutes

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Mesa, Arizona is known for its vast parks system, golf courses and dry climate. But it also has a new appealing attribute — the country’s least stressful commute.

In fact, Arizona has five of the country’s least stressful commute cities, according report researched released by SleepHelp.org.

Mesa, Arizona, has the country's least stressful commute.
Mesa, Arizona, has the country’s least stressful commute. Image: Courtesy of Alamy Stock Photo.

To identify the cities with the most and least stressful commutes, a composite score was calculated based on the following metrics from several national data collection and environment agencies.

The criteria: Average one-way commute time; Average annual days with precipitation; Relative collision likelihood; Percentage of workers who drive; Diversity of times that people leave for work.

Here are 10 cities in the United States with the least stressful commutes:

1. Mesa, AZ
• Population: 496,395
• Average one-way commute time: 24.7 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 35 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 8.9% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 77.3%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

2. Scottsdale, AZ
• Population: 249,947
• Average one-way commute time: 22.8 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 30 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 8.9% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 88.4%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

3. Tucson, AZ
• Population: 535,676
• Average one-way commute time: 22.3 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 51 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 1.2% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 87.8%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

4. Chandler, AZ
• Population: 253,448
• Average one-way commute time: 24.8 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 28 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 5.6% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 89.7%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

5. Brownsville, TX
• Population: 183,292
• Average one-way commute time: 21.1 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 72 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 29.1% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 89.0%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

6. Gilbert, AZ
• Population: 242,362
• Average one-way commute time: 28.3 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 30 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 1.2% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 94.6%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

7. Overland Park, KS
• Population: 191,263
• Average one-way commute time: 20.0 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 66 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 14.8% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 87.8%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

8. Reno, NV
• Population: 248,860
• Average one-way commute time: 20.4 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 51 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 6.5% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 84.2%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

9. McAllen, TX
• Population: 142,699
• Average one-way commute time: 18.4 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 48 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 14.8% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 82.8%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

10. Fort Collins, CO
• Population: 165,089
• Average one-way commute time: 20.6 minutes
• Average annual days with precipitation: 87 days
• Relative collision likelihood: 16.1% below average
• Percentage of workers who drive: 87.7%
• Diversity of times that people leave for work: Average

To read about cities with the worst commutes, visit: Cities With The Most Stressful Commutes

 

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