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Top 10 Most Stressful Cities

Feeling stressed? It could be a sign of the times or it could also be a sign of where you live. Some cities are more stressful than others, and Forbes has outlined the top 10 most stressful cities in the US. They are:

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. New York, NY
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Cleveland, OH
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Providence, RI
  10. Philadelphia, PA

Unfortunately, my beloved city by the bay is number five, and at times I can feel the pressures in the air. Do you live in one of the top 10 most stressful cities? If so, you may want to check out a few of my relaxation techniques to keep yourself cool under pressure.


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lyndsaye16 lyndsaye16 8 years
I am shocked Atlanta is not on here. People here can't find gas so they can go to work plus horrible traffic every time of the day. It is so stressful to live here!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Wow, Seattle, Houston, DC not listed? I wonder what the top 20 are then.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
Yep -- why no DC?! I'm not liking the idea of having to move from here to Philly if Philly is supposedly even more stressed than DC!
hlj504 hlj504 8 years
Ahh, Detroit...unfortunately, no surprise there!
vitisva vitisva 8 years
I lived in South Philadelphia for a year. It was such an angry city.
kpdunne4 kpdunne4 8 years
I love Chicago probably more than the next native, but I can't say I'm surprised that we top the list. I still love the city and have no intention of moving any time soon, but our state politics are killing not only the city, but the rest of the state too. As a fall out to the issues with the state budget, Chicago is lacking in funding to hire the police officers we need. Our housing market crunch is worse than other areas in the country because people can't buy OR sell. Several business merges have also made it tough for jobs as the merges take the home offices out of Chicago to another part of the country. It's a tough time everywhere these days, but Chicago seems to be taking quite a hit lately and you can see and feel it in the city.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
How is DC NOT on here. Cleveland? WTH? Bowling and beer should not stress you out.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I don't know why so many people have a problem with Chicago. If you are visiting you are most likely not in the neighborhoods so you avoid much of the traffic, crime, and other "bs". If you hate O'Hara airport there is another. I have no problem here, feel safe, the CTA is great and walking to most places is fab. I even enjoy the winters here.
zcoral zcoral 8 years
I agree with the first few posters - D.C. should really be on this list!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I thought I was the only one that can never feel relaxed in Chicago. I don't think I have been able to sleep without locking my jaw ever since I got here around a year and a half ago.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i remember seeing this last week and it's interesting to me that i live in NYC and it's not considered to be the MOST stressful. i guess that's a good thing right? but i can say that i for myself - living in NYC is highly stressful and it's not always a fun time. everyone who's not from here thinks that it's an amazing place which it is but there are stresses in just about everything that you do here.
foxie foxie 8 years
I love Chicago. If/when I live there, I'll walk most places. Is Providence stressful because of how snobby everyone there is? =/
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Cadi--I love Milwaukee too. I live about an hour and a half north of Milwaukee and we go there sometimes for Brewers games and stuff. It's pretty easy to get around there and there aren't toll roads all over the place. Don't get me wrong, I love Chicago, but just THINKING about driving there gives me a migraine.
ehcarpenter ehcarpenter 8 years
I just moved to Providence ,RI ... I'm thinking people are so stressed because we are the worst drivers in the country.... i hateeeeeeeeee driving here
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Chicago is NO surprise. I've gotten to where I hate going there, and I'm a 25 year old college kid. Parking, traffic, crime, overcrowding, and general BS just make it a pain. Plus Daley's politics REALLY get up my nose. Not even to mention the O'Hare issues. If I were the sort to want to go out, I'd go to Milwaukee. The times I've been out there have been far less irritating and scary than trips to Chicago.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
Guess I should thank my parents for moving from Chicago to Ohio before I was born. So where did I end up? Los Angeles!
wmnslibr wmnslibr 8 years
If you would actually read the article then Salt Lake City and Providence make sense because it is based on population density, housing prices and gas prices, not perception.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I knew Seattle wouldn't be on this list!
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I live in DC and I am really surprised this is not one of them. We have a high crime rate, and alot of the jobs are government related. We have really bad gridlock traffic through the entire metro area. But come on Providence? Salt lake city? Really?
jamiedynamite jamiedynamite 8 years
me too...i live in dc and it's insane.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm sort of surprised about D.C. too.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
New York is # 2, but I live in the suburbs. I don't know if that counts since it's quieter here.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 8 years
I'm surprised DC isn't on there.
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