15 August 2006
We B Peeved
Men's Health magazine, always on the lookout for new statistics to hype, has announced the 100 Angriest Cities in the US.
Our search for evidence of urban anger began with the percentage of men with high blood pressure, from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (as calculated by Sperling's BestPlaces). We then factored in FBI rates of aggravated assaults and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on workplace deaths from assaults and other violence. And because rage and the road often go hand in hand, we also included traffic-congestion data from the Texas Transportation Institute, as well as speeding citations per state from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
I leave to the Floridians who read this page to explain which of these components got four Sunshine State cities into the Top 10, with Orlando and St. Petersburg holding down the top two slots, Miami seventh and Jacksonville ninth. By contrast, Soonerland is practically placid, with Tulsa pulling in at 41st and Oklahoma City yawning to 58th. For maximum mellow, you want Fargo or Bangor or Manchester, N'Hampsha.
(Via Fark.)Posted at 7:15 PM to Dyssynergy