Need some good news to cap the week? It turns out that Seattle ranks among the least stressful cities for workers in the nation. What exactly does that mean? We’re here to break down the info for you and reveal just where our rainy city sits.

According to research conducted by, Seattle is among the top 10 least stressful cities in the nation for workers. The study analyzed eight equally weighted metrics, including average hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers who commute before 7 a.m., percentage of workers who are not able to work remotely, single-income families, income growth rate, percentage of employees without health insurance and each city’s crime rate.

Recent Posts:
Chicago’s immersive WNDR Museum is opening in Seattle & here’s where to find it
Milk Bar is officially opening in Seattle and here’s when

Photo via LLC

Here’s where Seattle sits in the least stressful cities in the nation for workers among the 170 cities analyzed.

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Fort Collins, CO
  3. Fremont, CA
  4. Minneapolis, MN
  5. Providence, RI
  6. Lincoln, NE
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. St. Paul, MN
  10. Boise, ID

These were the highlights that gave Seattle its glowing ranking:

  • Average Workweek: 38.7 hours
  • Average Round-Trip Commute: 52.6 minutes
  • Percent Who Start Commute Before 7 a.m.: 21.5% (national average: 32.8%)
  • Percent Employed Without Health Insurance: 3.8% (national average: 10.5%)
  • Single-Income Families: 32.7% (national average: 38.6%)
  • Income Growth Rate: 8.4% (national average: 6.2%)
  • Work Flexibility: 46.8% of workers work remotely (national average: 17.9%)

Let’s try for the top 5 next year!