Duluth is like, totally chill and not super stressed, study finds

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If you just wanna chill, relax, and forget about your worries, Duluth is (apparently) one of the best cities you could go to in America.

The site smartasset looked at the least-stressed cities in the U.S., and ranked Duluth No. 3 overall. The North Shore city got third last year also.

How did they come up with this?

A high rate of physical activity, lots entertainment establishments per 1,000 businesses, and a high average number of hours of sleep per night were all positives.

The negatives were hours of work per week, how long the commute to work is, the unemployment rate, the bankruptcy rate, the ratio of housing costs to median income, and the divorce rate.

Of the 500 cities in the study, Duluth had the 12th-shortest work week (at 34.4 hours), and tied for fourth-highest average hours of sleep every night (7.2 hours a night).

"Duluth residents are apparently rested and have plenty of time to exercise and hit up the city’s entertainment establishments," the site says.

Another bonus: "One of the only freshwater aquariums in the county," smartasset says, one of the 22.22 entertainment venues per 1,000 businesses. That's one of the highest rates in the top 25.

One more Minnesota city ranked in the top 20: Rochester measured 18th, a drop from 11th in 2015.

We the north (aren't stressed)

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, Iowa and North Dakota all did well in the study, and Wisconsin was actually the only state with two cities in the top 10 (Madison and Eau Claire).

The site noted northern cities with cold winters tended to do well. And not a single southern state (unless you count Missouri) had a city in the top 10, smartasset says.

Stress can lead to a ridiculous number of physical issues, from headaches or poor sleep to depression or lack of exercise, Mayo Clinic says.

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