18 Most Relaxed Cities in America

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Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

For some of us, relaxation means not having to worry about our finances, our health, or our safety — although a pina colada on the beach helps, too.

But not every city is built for peace of mind. So where can Americans catch a break?

LawnStarter ranked the most relaxed cities by comparing over 190 of the biggest U.S. cities across 57 key indicators of a zen atmosphere.

We looked at everything — well, almost everything — from depression rates to the share of adults with high blood pressure to the average length of a workday.

Check out the most relaxed cities in America, then find our methodology at the end. (To set the mood right, play some Enya in the background.)

1. Sunnyvale, CA

Sunnyvale, California
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Overall Score: 64.59

Mental Health Rank: 3

Physical Health Rank: 1

Financial Health Rank: 9

Work Environment Rank: 125

Physical Environment Rank: 20

Social Environment Rank: 7

Entertainment Rank: 87

2. Arlington, VA

Arlington, Virginia
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Overall Score: 64.15

Mental Health Rank: 10

Physical Health Rank: 6

Financial Health Rank: 3

Work Environment Rank: 191

Physical Environment Rank: 28

Social Environment Rank: 10

Entertainment Rank: 12

3. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, California
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Overall Score: 63.95

Mental Health Rank: 16

Physical Health Rank: 21

Financial Health Rank: 32

Work Environment Rank: 173

Physical Environment Rank: 1

Social Environment Rank: 101

Entertainment Rank: 3

4. Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, Washington
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Overall Score: 63.88

Mental Health Rank: 19

Physical Health Rank: 2

Financial Health Rank: 11

Work Environment Rank: 140

Physical Environment Rank: 27

Social Environment Rank: 15

Entertainment Rank: 16

5. Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington
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Overall Score: 61.83

Mental Health Rank: 28

Physical Health Rank: 7

Financial Health Rank: 28

Work Environment Rank: 101

Physical Environment Rank: 3

Social Environment Rank: 170

Entertainment Rank: 9

6. Naperville, IL

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Overall Score: 61.81

Mental Health Rank: 12

Physical Health Rank: 27

Financial Health Rank: 1

Work Environment Rank: 183

Physical Environment Rank: 92

Social Environment Rank: 1

Entertainment Rank: 26

7. Garden Grove, CA

Garden Grove, California
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Overall Score: 61.61

Mental Health Rank: 1

Physical Health Rank: 34

Financial Health Rank: 97

Work Environment Rank: 40

Physical Environment Rank: 46

Social Environment Rank: 20

Entertainment Rank: 53

8. Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins,
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Overall Score: 61.18

Mental Health Rank: 17

Physical Health Rank: 14

Financial Health Rank: 54

Work Environment Rank: 10

Physical Environment Rank: 91

Social Environment Rank: 19

Entertainment Rank: 39

9. Fullerton, CA

Fullerton, California
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Overall Score: 60.82

Mental Health Rank: 9

Physical Health Rank: 15

Financial Health Rank: 59

Work Environment Rank: 72

Physical Environment Rank: 55

Social Environment Rank: 17

Entertainment Rank: 54

10. Honolulu, HI

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Overall Score: 60.81

Mental Health Rank: 47

Physical Health Rank: 45

Financial Health Rank: 114

Work Environment Rank: 59

Physical Environment Rank: 31

Social Environment Rank: 54

Entertainment Rank: 2

11. Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach California
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Overall Score: 60.7

Mental Health Rank: 8

Physical Health Rank: 9

Financial Health Rank: 35

Work Environment Rank: 131

Physical Environment Rank: 36

Social Environment Rank: 49

Entertainment Rank: 55

12. Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, Arizona
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Overall Score: 60.5

Mental Health Rank: 23

Physical Health Rank: 17

Financial Health Rank: 16

Work Environment Rank: 162

Physical Environment Rank: 101

Social Environment Rank: 35

Entertainment Rank: 15

13. Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin, over Lake Monona
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Overall Score: 60.44

Mental Health Rank: 59

Physical Health Rank: 43

Financial Health Rank: 25

Work Environment Rank: 11

Physical Environment Rank: 104

Social Environment Rank: 29

Entertainment Rank: 8

14. San Jose, CA

San Jose California
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Overall Score: 60.38

Mental Health Rank: 6

Physical Health Rank: 8

Financial Health Rank: 23

Work Environment Rank: 114

Physical Environment Rank: 82

Social Environment Rank: 34

Entertainment Rank: 97

15. Torrance, CA

Torrance, California
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Overall Score: 60.37

Mental Health Rank: 14

Physical Health Rank: 5

Financial Health Rank: 39

Work Environment Rank: 110

Physical Environment Rank: 57

Social Environment Rank: 13

Entertainment Rank: 84

16. Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon
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Overall Score: 60.35

Mental Health Rank: 77

Physical Health Rank: 33

Financial Health Rank: 50

Work Environment Rank: 52

Physical Environment Rank: 2

Social Environment Rank: 133

Entertainment Rank: 4

17. Pasadena, CA

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Overall Score: 59.57

Mental Health Rank: 4

Physical Health Rank: 12

Financial Health Rank: 104

Work Environment Rank: 117

Physical Environment Rank: 48

Social Environment Rank: 47

Entertainment Rank: 71

18. Orange, CA

Orange, California
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Overall Score: 59.33

Mental Health Rank: 7

Physical Health Rank: 18

Financial Health Rank: 46

Work Environment Rank: 68

Physical Environment Rank: 41

Social Environment Rank: 11

Entertainment Rank: 153

Methodology

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We ranked over 190 of the most populated U.S. cities in descending order — from most to least relaxed — based on their overall scores, averaged across all the metrics listed below.

The city that earned the highest overall score — out of a possible 100 points — ranked No. 1, or “most relaxed.”

  • Frequent Mental Distress
  • Average Number of Poor Mental Health Days per Month
  • Depression Rate
  • Suicide Rate
  • Adequate-Sleep Rate
  • Mental Health Providers per 100,000 Residents
  • Spas and Wellness Centers per 100,000 Residents
  • Legality of Marijuana Use
  • Marijuana Dispensaries per 100,000 Residents
  • Life Expectancy
  • Leisure Physical Activity Rate
  • Drug Overdose Deaths per Capita
  • Share of Adults with High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke Among Adults
  • Share of Adult Binge Drinkers
  • Share of Adult Smokers
  • Median Household Income
  • Cost of Living
  • Housing Affordability
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rate
  • Food Insecurity
  • Length of Average Workday
  • Average Commute Time
  • Transit Score
  • Natural Hazard Index Score
  • Number of Very Cold Days
  • Number of Very Hot Days
  • Average Amount of Sunshine
  • Air Quality
  • Share of Roads in Poor Condition
  • Traffic Fatalities per Capita
  • Walk Score
  • Bike Score
  • Violent Crime Rate
  • Property Crime Rate
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 Residents
  • Hate Crimes per Capita
  • Gun Violence
  • Separation and Divorce Rate
  • Average Leisure Time Spent per Day
  • Number of Country Clubs
  • Number of Golf Courses per 100,000 Residents
  • Number of Trails
  • Yard Size
  • Lounges per 100,000 Residents
  • Cocktail Bars per 100,000 Residents
  • Dance Clubs per 100,000 Residents
  • Music Venues per 100,000 Residents
  • Public Gardens per 100,000 Residents
  • Share of Adults Who Dine Out
  • Share of Population Who Visited an Art Gallery Last Year
  • Share of Population Who Attended Live Theater Last Year
  • Share of Population Who Went to a Zoo Last Year
  • Share of Population Who Attended a Sporting Event Last Year

Sources: AllTrails, America’s Health Rankings, American Public Gardens Association, AreaVibes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, City-Data.com, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, DISA Global Solutions, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Feeding America, GolfLink, Gun Violence Archive, IPUMS Time Use, Livability, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, TRIP, TripAdvisor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Walk Score, and Yelp.

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