Plano Named Least Stressful City in TX, Here are 3 Zen Homes to Prove It

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Financial site WalletHub ranked 182 of the largest U.S. cities to find the most stressful places in America, and found that Plano is the least stressed city in Texas. Houston was ranked the most stressful city in the state. Oh, and the sky is blue. These are things we already knew.

Based on data, WalletHub found the three most stressful cities in the U.S. were Detroit, Newark, and Cleveland. What makes a city stressful? Citywide factors you’d expect such as high rates of unemployment and underemployment, long commute times, and lack of affordable housing. There’s more personal factors that cause stress like personal bankruptcy, foreclosure, poor health, and divorce.

Then, there are the quirky factors that WalletHub evaluates like percentage of binge drinkers (yes, that’s you with your box wine-a-weekend habit), median credit score, obesity rates and share of adults getting inadequate sleep that make writing about WalletHub’s lists so interesting.

People in Plano report lower levels of stress at work, less financial woes, happier families and better health and safety than any other city in Texas, according to the July 2018 study. The new ranking comes after Plano was named one of the happiest places in the United States.

5 Least Stressed Texas Cities

  • Plano (No. 171)
  • Austin (No. 142)
  • Irving (No. 130)
  • Grand Prairie (No. 110)
  • Corpus Christi (No. 107)

5 Most Stressful Texas Cities

  • Houston (No. 21)
  • Dallas (No. 36)
  • El Paso (No. 54)
  • Laredo (No. 67)
  • Arlington (No. 69)

Other Texas cities ranked on the list were Fort Worth (No. 83), San Antonio (No. 88), Lubbock (No. 91), Garland (No. 93), Brownsville (No. 95), and Amarillo (No. 100).

If you’re looking for that stress-free lifestyle in Plano, hit your 10,000 steps, lay off the wine a little bit, and try one of these stress-melting properties on the market:

Calm in the Country (That’s Actually In the City)

Enjoy country living without having to move… to the country. This custom-designed modern farmhouse at 3923 Ranch Estates Circle is located in a quiet cul-de-sac lot in East Plano, near Plano East High School. This 4,536-square-foot property on 3.2 acres is listed at $1.48 million by Lisa Wyatt at Keller Williams.

This property overlooks rolling fields, an organically-maintained farm, and plenty of room for horses. You can eat healthy too, because the farm has permanent asparagus beds, fruit trees and fig trees among the plantings. Inside, this modern farmhouse-style home incorporates light and soothing colors throughout its spacious living areas, four bedrooms, and six baths spread among two stories. This one might leave a dent in your wallet, but your quality of living will be second to none in this peacefully secluded property.

The Backyard You’ll Never Want to Leave

I believe it when the listing agent says “Retreat to this beautifully landscaped home with sophisticated ambiance to enjoy a life of luxury.” This 5,581-square-foot beauty at 6709 Grayhawk Circle is listed by Tara Myers of Ebby Halliday for $939,900. The absolute highlight of this custom Ventura home is the tranquil oasis that includes covered outdoor living space, a backyard garden bridge, water feature, lush landscaping, and a koi pond.

This four-bedroom, four-bath home is conveniently located near Legacy West’s corporate headquarters boom, yet situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the small sliver of West Plano that’s located in Denton County. It features a well-appointed kitchen with Dacor appliances, a butler’s pantry, and a stone surround range top. This light-and-open floor plan also includes a game room with a wet bar, a paneled study, custom lighting, a bonus room that could easily be used as a fifth bedroom, and a master suite that’s just as peaceful as the backyard oasis.

Relax in This Unique Soft Modern

Find peace in this rare soft modern home in the West Plano neighborhood of Willow Bend, located at 2009 Winding Hollow Lane. This 1979-built beauty has four bedrooms and four baths spread across 4,312 square feet, and is listed by Bernice Maez of Vivo Realty for $699,900.

Inside the open floor plan, this sophisticated soft modern has soaring 11-foot ceilings, split bedrooms, three living areas, and unique textures and architectural features throughout. This one’s a gorgeous contemporary home, priced slightly below market and has multiple covered patios perfect to Texas. What else can you ask for?

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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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