Many are aware of the effect of stress on your mental health, but what about the physical effects? A new study by SkinStore has revealed the best and worst U.S. cities for your health by analyzing stress levels across the country to find that Phoenix is one of the least stressed cities according to residents.

The study analyzed cities from all 50 states to determine which are the least and most stressed based on a number of factors including:

  • City safety
  • City happiness
  • Quality of life
  • People Density
  • Work productivity, hours & earnings
  • Credit score
  • Divorce rates
  • City pollution

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Have you ever noticed your skin start to break out when you’re having a stressful week, or a stressful year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic? Skin problems are often triggered by the stress and anxiety of everyday life, even if you’re just a tiny bit prone to them, feeling stressed can really make them flare-up.

Stress in your life can be a result of many things, all of which can cause your skin to become dry, oily, or inflamed. This can lead to hypersensitive skin and flare-ups of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Taking care with the right skincare products can help combat this, but it’s important to keep your stress levels low to stay as healthy as possible.

The SkinStore study shows you the most stress-free cities in the U.S. using a zen score. This is based on things such as overall happiness, work productivity, average working hours, earnings, divorce rates, safety, and pollution, allowing us to reveal which cities are best for your health, are overall stress-free, and in turn the best for your skin.

America has a total zen score of 64% for least stressed cities

The study looks at overall happiness, how overworked people are, pollution, and safety in each state to work out an overall zen score out of 100. The average zen score across the US is 63.73, which isn’t that bad but does mean almost half the country is suffering from stress issues.

The average safety score in the U.S. is 50.64/100, based on personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. This score has been ranked by real American’s views on safety across the country where a range of things could be impacting this low result.

Linked to workplace safety, the overall working score for those living in the U.S. is 58.14/100. This score is based on the working hours of U.S. citizens. Our study shows that the average hours worked per week are 38.95, though this does not mean that all is perfect for the average American worker.

Many Americans do not take their full annual leave, continue to work at their desk throughout their ‘breaks’ and find themselves working stressful jobs – not a good mix for your skin.

The total happiness score for Americans is a low 52.33. There is a big gap between different states, with some scoring in the low 30s and others nearing 70.

Pollution is a worldwide problem and in the U.S. there are some states that are worse than others.

The average score for pollution in the U.S. is moderate, with urban areas scoring more than double their rural counterparts. Pollution is known for being bad for your overall health, but daily exposure to polluted air is bound to affect your skin.

Discover the full list here.

Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Columbus and Phoenix make up the 5 most stress-free cities in the US thanks to their high happiness, safety scores and lower-stress working scores.

In 7th place for being stress-free, Minneapolis residents are the least stressed about how safe their neighborhood is, scoring 64.43 for safety. Boasting a particularly good education system, a thriving business sector and being the best city for road safety, this state has much to offer those looking for a stress-free life.

Portland, Milwaukee and Las Vegas complete the top 10 zen cities in the country.