Denver: #6 most ________ city in the country. What’s your guess?

active? True, we are outdoorsey people -Colorado actually ranks #1 in the country.

As we wrap up week 9 of 10 in our fall quarter our students are up to their eyeballs in final papers, presentations and exams.  Rest assured students, if you have to be stressed out, according to this recent ranking, Denver is a great place to find solace. Check out this article about America’s Most Relaxed Cities where Denver, CO ranks #6 in the country.

Here are the metrics used to determine these rankings:

To pinpoint the cities where stress is lowest, we examined the country’s largest 40 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, measuring them on six metrics that are closely correlated with stress, or that result from stress. First, we used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to score metros based on their unemployment rates–lower unemployment ranks a city higher on our list. Then we used data from the 2008 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, to look at several other data points, including how many commuters spend an hour or more in traffic on the way to work, and the average weekly hours people spend at work. Metros where commuters have more free time away from these stressful activities rank higher.


Since physical health is closely tied to emotional health and stress, we also ranked metros on health factors, including whether most residents had any access to health care and how they rated their overall health, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finally, because exercise is proven to reduce stress, we scored cities higher if more residents reported getting any kind of workout in the past month, using CDC data.

Congrats Denver!
Another great reason to earn a degree here at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in relaxed Denver, CO. 

Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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