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Old 01-30-2013, 09:36 PM
 
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I'd assume San Francisco but I wanted to get everyone else's opinion.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I'd say a lot of cities on the west coast like San Francisco, Los Angeles (except the traffic), San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. In the midwest, cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee are pretty relaxed and then a place like Miami maybe somewhat...Austin, Texas too. Honolulu of course too.

There are a good number of cities that are pretty laid back.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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San Diego, Honolulu, San Antonio, Portland are very relaxed. I find outside of the freeway driving, Atlanta and Dallas are relatively relaxed. Chicago and Minneapolis are not as "slow" but the warm people make the atmosphere feel more relaxed.

San Francisco and Seattle are in the middle, there is a fair share of uptight types. SF is a great place but certainly not the "most relaxing" as stated in the op.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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Have to strongly disagree with Austin. I lived there for six years and found it anything but relaxing. I agree with most people that it is a cool city, but I also found it pretty stressful.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Very interesting about Austin. I think living there you obviously get a better sense versus being a visitor. I do think every single city has relaxing parts to it, even the busiest cities in the world. ON average though...that's where it gets set apart.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Believe it or not, I find Tucson to be quite relaxing.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Believe it or not, I find Tucson to be quite relaxing.
It is, but it's also extremely boring there..not that hard to be relaxed in that setting.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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San Francisco can be a grind. The people in finance are at work before sunrise. Tech people commute long distances and work long hours. As a highly desirable and crowded city, all jobs are very competitive. Rent is high and there's a lot of competition there, too.

The trade off, I have found is a very liberal attitude toward time off and very easy escapes to several places that people all over the country spend their savings to visit once in a lifetime. There is also a progressive attitude toward work/life balance in many company benefit packages and amenities.

The scenery and lifestyle also help. Fresh, healthy foods (everywhere here, even in quick-serve restaurants) relieve stress. The pleasant climate and constant smell of eucalyptus in the air (it's wafting in through my open window as I type) is also calming. There are also things like cable cars, ferries or commutes across the Golden Gate Bridge -- if you are fortunate enough to live in a place where one of these facilitates your commute, you can take what is often a stressful part of the day in other cities and turn it into an amazing opportunity to offload stress every day.

So, it's kind of what you make of it, I suppose. For flat-out laid back atmosphere, though, I'd pick Honolulu over SF.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:04 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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The opening sequence of Portlandia sure portends a relaxing place, if only the heroin addled street urchins would leave you alone when you are downtown it might actually be. I love the city but the street kids are worse than the bums of San Francisco.

San Diego is pretty chill, but it too is not quite Portlandia.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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San Francisco is not a relaxed city at all. San Diego is pretty laid back.

I've been to Dallas and Denver a few times and no one seems to be in either one of those cities.
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