With the end of summer vacations and return of fall routines, many people could already use a break. Aside from the day-to-day work and school stressors, there’s continued national and global concerns like inflation and the pandemic at the top of mind for many Americans. While many want self-care to be a priority, many don’t know where to start!
Since we are a Florida-based medical spa, we wanted to determine the most relaxed cities in Florida specifically. We studied the 30 most populous cities in the state, gathering data about the weather, work ethic, crime rate, income, and employment of self-care professionals. From there, we conducted a weighted analysis to find out the sunshine state’s most laid-back and hardest-working cities.
Most Zen Florida Cities
We found the most relaxed city in Florida is Boca Raton. Which makes sense – the city is right along the ocean and has an array of golf courses, spas, and beaches. The other top five Florida cities for rest and rejuvenation are Palm Coast, Plantation, Spring Hill, and Coral Springs.
While not ranking at the top of the list, Gainesville and Tallahassee are doing something right. They work the least compared to the top 100 most populous U.S. cities. People in Gainesville only work an average of 34 hours and those living in Tallahassee work about 35!
As for the hardest-working city in Florida, despite having Disneyworld, Orlando is apparently not the happiest place on earth. The Florida city ranked dead last for relaxation. Other stressed cities included some of the most populated cities in the state such as Jacksonville, Miami Gardens, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.
With summer winding down, it will get harder throughout the year (and busier!) to take time for yourself. Don’t let your self-care fall to the wayside. Find a spot along the beach, soak up the sun, and give yourself some time to relax to avoid burnout. You won’t regret it.
To come up with the rankings we analyzed the 30 most populous cities in Florida. To determine our ranking, we compared the cities across five key metrics and graded each metric on a 100-point scale. The five metrics were:
- Self care professions by state – 20 points
- Work and commute – 20 points overall
- Average hours worked – 5 points
- Work-from-home – 5 points
- Mean travel time to work – 5 points
- Less than 10 minute commute – 5 points
- Household income – 20 points
- Violent crime rate – 20 points
- Weather – 20 points overall
- Mean temperature in June – 5 points
- Total precipitation in June – 5 points
- Mean temperature in December – 5 points
- Total precipitation in December – 5 points
The work and commute category was split into four subcategories: average hours worked (5 points), work-from-home (5 points), mean travel time to work (5 points), and less than 10 minute commute (5 points). The weather category was split into four subcategories: mean temperature in June (5 points), total precipitation in June (5 points), mean temperature in December (5 points), and total precipitation in December (5 points)
Sources include the U.S Census Bureau (median household income 2016-2020, 2020 data on average hours worked, work-from-home percentage, average commute to work in minutes, and percentage of less than 10 minute commutes), Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 state occupational employment and wage estimates), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (monthly climate normals from 1990-2020), and FBI (2019 offenses known to law enforcement).
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