Amidst the whirlwind of stress that has engulfed the nation in recent years, it's refreshing to know that there are cities where tranquility can still reign supreme. According to the latest report by WalletHub Financial Writer Adam McCann, OUR Portland has emerged as one of the least stressed cities in America, significantly better than that OTHER Portland. 

Portland, Maine, USA at Portland Head Light.

In a time when stress seems to be an inevitable part of daily life, it's important to recognize the impact it can have on our overall well-being. While stress is not always a negative force, excessive and chronic stress can lead to a range of health problems and diminish productivity. The WalletHub study delved into various factors that contribute to stress levels, including work, finances, family, and health & safety.

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Portland's impressive ranking of 169th in this ranking of city stress (14th from last place) is a testament to the city's commitment to nurturing a relaxed and balanced lifestyle. This achievement is further underscored by the city's recognition for having the lowest percentage of adults in fair or poor health.

Portland, Maine, USA downtown city skyline at dusk.
Sean Pavone

To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared 182 cities across a multitude of metrics. From average work hours and unemployment rates to divorce rates and the prevalence of adult binge drinking, every aspect was scrutinized. Portland's success in this evaluation highlights the city's ability to strike a harmonious balance across these dimensions.

While Portland's achievement is undoubtedly commendable, it is worth noting that several other cities also shine in their pursuit of serenity. The top five least stressed cities in America, according to the WalletHub report, are South Burlington, VT; Fremont, CA; Sioux Falls, SD; Overland Park, KS; and Fargo, ND. 


As we navigate the challenges that come our way, it's reassuring to know that there are places like Portland, where stress takes a back seat and relaxation thrives. 

Portland’s motto is “I Will Rise Again.” A fitting saying, given the circumstances.

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