Which French cities are the most conducive to relaxation? According to a classification established on the basis of criteria such as the rate of traffic jams or noise and light pollution, Angers, Annecy and Rennes are the most relaxing cities. As one might expect, Paris is at the bottom of the ranking.
Various types of pollution weigh heavily on stress levels
The study was carried out from precise criteria such as the supply in terms of public transport, the rate of congestion, noise and light pollution as well as data relating to way of life and the sleeping habits of residents (working time, level of exposure to screens, etc.).
“We know that sleep is of poorer quality when the levels of noise and light pollution are high.”
“The air quality cities have also been measured to reflect the effect it can have on the well-being of inhabitants, and therefore on their mental health», Add the authors of the study.
Sports facilities and wooded areas make the difference
The presence of infrastructure such as wellness centers, sports complexes, from public gardens urban and leisure places in each of the cities mentioned was also taken into account to establish the classification.
The towns ofAngers and Annecy, respectively first and second in the ranking “big cities“, are distinguished by their low noise and light pollution and their low level of stress and anxiety.
In third place, Reindeer shines with the quality of sleep of its inhabitants and its public gardens.
Big cities at the back of the pack
In the “bad students“, on Find larger metropolises, in particular Paris, which is in 22nd place out of 50, followed by Marseille, Lille and Amiens.
Unsurprisingly, their assessment is tied by drawbacks typical of large cities: air pollution, noise or light (especially for Paris and Marseille), significant stress and overwork.
With an overall score of 50 out of 100, Amiens is at the back of the pack, mainly because of the lack of physical activity of its townspeople and the limited number of services dedicated to mental health.