Want to get away from it all? These cities offer shorter workdays, a low cost of living, sunshine and healthier living.
1. Salt Lake City
Zen factor: Plenty of jobs, low cost of living
Stress factor: High property crime rate
In this mountain-dotted city, there is little for residents to stress about: unemployment is low, commutes are short and the homes are relatively cheap.
Less than 13% of metro area residents live in poverty. Plus, living costs are affordable, meaning residents are able to get a lot more for their money.
But that's not all. Salt Lake residents take less time getting to work (an average of 23 minutes each way), face far less traffic on their way in and spend less time working once they're there --- giving them more time to hit the slopes, spend time with family or enjoy the fresh mountain air.
"There is a very healthy balance between work and family life and recreational life," said Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker. "People prize other parts of their lives, besides just their work."
The one thing working against this metro area: property crime rates are among the highest for major metro areas. Becker said a "high percentage" of the property crimes are related to drug offenses.
2. Rochester, NY
Zen factor: Shorter work hours, easy commutes
Stress factor: Unemployment
If you don't mind shoveling a lot of snow, living in Rochester could help keep the stress at bay.
Work hours are shorter than average and -- at only 21 minutes each way -- commutes are, too.
"You can get just about anywhere in 15 minutes," said Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.
Thanks to moderate living costs, most people can afford to live here. And since families are smaller than average, there tends to be fewer mouths to feed and less college tuition to worry about.
Still, the area has struggled with unemployment, which Warren said the city is trying to tackle through work training and other programs. In May, the Obama administration said Rochester would take part in an initiative aimed at bringing new manufacturing jobs to the city.
3. Raleigh, NC
Zen factor: Low cost of living, plenty of jobs
Stress factor: Long work hours
State capital and home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh offers plenty of jobs, low crime and a great quality of life.
The city is part of the Research Triangle, which generates lots of tech, medical and academic jobs. In fact, Raleigh's unemployment rate has hovered around a low 5%.
Despite the influx of workers, home prices have remained fairly stable. At a median of $215,000, homes are just above the national average.
There's also an extensive network of greenways and public parks and the city is only a few hours away from both beaches and mountains.
"It's an easy-to-live-in climate," said Adrienne Cole, senior vice president of economic development at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. "It creates a very low-stress, healthy environment for people."