A self-described festival city, Buffalo provides plenty of opportunities to unwind, from annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations to a festival honoring the area's legendary chicken wings.

Living here does mean doing without many sunny days though; they happen less than half of the year.

7. Hartford, CT

Zen factor: Shorter work hours, quick commute times

Stress factor: High cost of living

Only a few hours away from the Most Stressed Out City of New York, Hartford paints a far different picture.

Workers here spend much less time on the job, with an average work week that's among the country's shortest. Commute times are also shorter than average, and traffic isn't much of an issue.

Another plus: There are a variety of job opportunities in industries ranging from financial services and insurance to health care.

"If you take a job here, you can be a big fish in a small pond," said John Shemo, vice president and director economic development at the Metro Hartford Alliance.

Maybe because it's home to many of the country's biggest insurers, residents are also healthier; only 14% report being in fair or poor health, compared to nearly a quarter of residents in less healthy places, according to a CDC survey.

But residents do struggle with the high cost of living, including above-average prices for housing, transportation and utilities, among others.

8. Pittsburgh

Zen factor: Low cost of living, low crime

Stress factor: Unhealthy lifestyles

Pittsburgh's diehard sports fans may be on edge when rooting for their favorite team, but its residents don't have much else to stress over.

Once a steel town, the city is now home to a variety of industries, from financial services to energy companies. It's also home to many colleges and universities. In fact, employment in the region is at an all-time high, said Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

And with shorter work hours and average commute times, work doesn't take over peoples' lives here.

"There is great balance to Pittsburgh," Flanagan said. "It's big enough to have a world class symphony and major professional sports teams... but at the same time it's small enough that you can have all those things without the hassles."

Only 12% of area residents live in poverty, and crime rates are among the lowest of all 55 places CNNMoney analyzed. Plus, affordable home prices and other expenses mean incomes stretch further.

But people who live here don't lead the healthiest lifestyles. Nearly a quarter of residents are smokers, according to a CDC survey, while many don't get much exercise. Flanagan said there are efforts to change that, such as a planned bike share program.

9. San Jose, CA

Zen factor: Quick commute times, healthy lifestyles

Stress factor: High cost of living

For those who can afford to live in this pricey city, life can be pretty carefree.

Home to a wealth of well-paying tech jobs, San Jose's poverty rate is remarkably low at less than 11%. While workers spend an average amount of time on the job, many spend less time getting there compared to the other metro areas CNNMoney analyzed.