Five stories that have North Texas talking: Work-life balance, financial stability and low divorce rate make Plano one of the least-stressed cities in America, study says; Dallas Arboretum was recognized among top international gardens; university leaders have Grade-A salaries in Texas; and more.
Money, work, family, relationships— the daily stresses of life seem innumerable and often, inescapable. Add scrolling through your newsfeed a few times each day, and you might feel at the end of your rope.
However, North Texas cities ranked as some of the least stressed places in the country, according to a recent WalletHub study. The personal finance site measured 150 cities across 27 metrics pertaining to the following sources of stress — work, money, family, health and safety — as well as the ability to cope with them. Read the study's full methodology.
The No. 1 spot went to Detroit — the most-stressed city in the U.S. You don’t reach the first North Texas city on the list until Fort Worth at No. 74. Arlington follows at No. 78, then Dallas (No. 91), Garland (No. 114) and Irving (No. 118).
Plano ranked the best at No. 144, scoring well on the average weekly hours worked, most affordable housing and lowest divorce rate. Plano’s worst individual ranking was in the coping with stress category. Perhaps having Pizza Hut, Dr Pepper and Frito-Lay headquarters in the city makes it too easy to stress-eat, but that’s still inconclusive.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was named one of 15 “breathtaking” gardens in the world by Architectural Digest. The 66-acre Dallas Arboretum, which opened in 1984, was praised by the magazine for its 19 vibrant gardens and view of the city skyline. Dallas is in good company, too, joining Garden of the Palace of Versailles in France, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa and Botanical Gardens in Rio de Janeiro. See the full list. [Architectural Digest]
- Three of the nation’s top four highest paid university presidents or chancellors works for Texas schools. The Chronicle of Higher Education on Sunday released its annual list of public university executive pay. The Texas Tribune reported: “University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator earned the most in the country, making $1.3 million in total compensation. Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young came in third at $1.13 million and University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven was fourth with $1.09 million.” There’s been a sharp increase in compensation in recent years “as Texas strives to grow the prestige of its top public universities and bring more into the top tier.” [The Texas Tribune]
- Denton universities are preparing in these last few weeks before campus carry goes into effect. The facilities department at the University of North Texas is installing about lock boxes in about 50 rooms. Denton Record-Chronicle reported: “Those who wish to store their weapons on campus will not have roommates, and the UNT policy states someone living on campus with a gun must store it in a university-provided lock box.” And, $4,000 worth of signage telling people where they are not allowed to carry weapons on Texas Women’s University’s campus will be in place by Aug. 1. Neither UNT nor TWU plan to revisit the policy like the University of Texas recently did, when its regents voted to allow professors to ban weapons in their offices. [Denton Record-Chronicle, The Texas Tribune]
- All four members of the Olympic taekwondo team were either born or raised in Texas. The youngest member, Jackie Galloway goes to SMU, trains in Garland and lives in Wylie. Twenty-year-old Galloway was the only American to clinch a spot in Rio last December when she ranked fourth in the world, KERA’s Courtney Collins reported. She hails from a taekwondo dynasty — and she’s going to Rio to win. “I’m going to remember that time I was crying and hurt, and I’m going to make someone feel that because I went through a lot to get there.” See pictures of Galloway training. [KERA News]