Is Your City Wide Awake or Sleepy?


New research from Amerisleep blog shows places where noise, light and caffeine are keeping people up and alert

Based on populations of 200,000 residents or more, the country’s top 5 most awake cities are Miami; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston and Chicago. When looking at populations of 50,000 residents of more, Paradise, Nevada, took the No. 1 spot for the most awake city.

The calculations come from the staff of the Earlybird blog of Amerisleep, a mattress and bedding producer with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

To create the listings, the Earlybird blog staff compiled research using an ArcGIS study that analyzed levels of nighttime light and noise pollution from traffic and aviation, in conjunction with available caffeine in these areas. Levels of caffeine were gauged using the Census Business Builder tool to look for the total number of businesses serving coffee, plus the number of businesses serving coffee per 10,000 residents. All these levels were compared and combined, and location were scored and ranked based on the results.

The Earlybird staff also determined which of America’s cities are the least awake. America’s top 5 least awake cities with 200,000-plus residents include Port St. Lucie, Florida; Moreno Valley, California; Chesapeake, Virginia; Santa Clarita, California; and Columbus,

Georgia. All these cities tend to have higher levels of natural darkness and fewer coffee shops, as well as less traffic and aviation noise.

When it comes to cities with 50,000-plus residents, the top 5 least awake cities are Poinciana, Florida; Buckeye, Arizona; Maricopa, Arizona; El Dorado Hills, California; and North Port, Florida.