TAMPA - Research firm Sperlings Best Places may have found Tampa the most stressful place to live in the top 50 metro cities, but many residents strongly reject that label.
"No not stressful at all!" They are wrong. I don't know where they got the information they are wrong," said Sam Dimarci.
Lots of laughs and the same question.
One woman laughed out loud and said, "That's hilarious, where are these people from?"
The study came out of Portland, Oregon.
They ranked the top 50 metro areas and those researchers not only put Tampa on the top of the list, ranked higher than even a bankrupt city like Detroit that came in fifth.
Four other Florida cities, Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and West Palm also made the top 10.
People we talked to struggled to come up with the reasoning behind it.
"Maybe people in Detroit, kind of expect it so Tampa we fight for something better so we are stressed that we are not. I don't know," one woman said.
Her friend chimed in, "I just moved here from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa is a breeze! I don't know what those people are talking about!"
Sperlings Best Places research included crime as a criteria. We found the state's overall crime rate is down five percent.
Last year, Florida had its lowest crime rate in four decades.
It also cited unemployment, but according to the US Department of Labor, Florida ranked number three in largest over-the-month job increases.
Statewide unemployment according to the governor's office is below the National Average.
The study also looked at commute times, and cloudy days. No one could figure out how we'd lose out on that one!
Tampa City Council woman Lisa Monetelione had this suggestion.
"I guess they weren't here in January or February," she laughed.
"We've been in Tampa for three generations if it was stressful we would not have stayed," said Bryan Rodriguez.
"I would not live anyplace else, and I have lived a lot of places," DiMarci said.
Action News called and e-mailed Sperlings Best Places to ask exactly how they came up with these statistics.
We are still waiting for a response.
But regarding the study itself, researcher Bert Sperling said he was "shocked" by these findings.
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