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    Do you live in one of the US's most stressful cities?

    I don't.

    America's Most Stressful Cities 2010 (Yahoo)


    Top 5:

    1. Las Vegas, Nev.
    Metropolitan Statistical Area: Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan
    High Unemployment Rank: 1
    Long Commute Times Rank: 32
    Long Working Hours Rank: 6
    Limited Health Care Rank: 3
    Poor Physical Health Rank: 2
    Limited Exercise Rank: 1

    2. Los Angeles, Calif.
    Metropolitan Statistical Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
    High Unemployment Rank: 7
    Long Commute Times Rank: 6
    Long Working Hours Rank: 26
    Limited Health Care Rank: 2
    Poor Physical Health Rank: 1
    Limited Exercise Rank: 11

    3. Houston, Texas
    Metropolitan Statistical Area: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
    High Unemployment Rank: 26
    Long Commute Times Rank: 10
    Long Working Hours Rank: 1
    Limited Health Care Rank: 1
    Poor Physical Health Rank: 5
    Limited Exercise Rank: 11

    4. Tampa, Fla.
    Metropolitan Statistical Area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
    High Unemployment Rank: 5
    Long Commute Times Rank: 17
    Long Working Hours Rank: 10
    Limited Health Care Rank: 13
    Poor Physical Health Rank: 4
    Limited Exercise Rank: 9

    5. Riverside, Calif.
    Metropolitan Statistical Area: Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
    High Unemployment Rank: 2
    Long Commute Times Rank: 3
    Long Working Hours Rank: 26
    Limited Health Care Rank: 6
    Poor Physical Health Rank: 7
    Limited Exercise Rank: 16
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    Wow no NYC or chicago?

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    NYC and Chicago are in the top ten but not the top 5.

    Here's the rest of the top 10:

    6. Miami
    7. Dallas
    8. NYC
    9. Chicago
    10. Detroit
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    Quote Originally Posted by DickButtonFan View Post
    Wow no NYC or chicago?
    They're both in the top 10.
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    Oops I meant in top 5.

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    I'm surprised Detroit is only #10
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    I'm going to choose to think of my city not as stressful, but as winning a bronze medal in something!

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    It's fun to visit big cities, but I could never imagine living in one. The sound of horns honking would drive me to the insane asylum alone. NYC is especially dreadful.

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    I was shocked to see that Chicago's not in the top 5, but then there it was, holding onto it's spot in the top ten. I note that traffic ( ) and the insane commute in Chicago is ranked at #4. Quel surprise

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    LA is only #6 in long commute time?

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    NO, I do NOT! Why do you ask?!


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    It's interesting when you consider that many people feel East Coast folks are fast-paced and intense compared to their more laidback, slow-paced, and supposedly health conscious West Coasters. You would think more East Coast cities would be deemed stressful.

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    NYC won the long commute time.

    Interesting that it scored third in lack of exercise - I guess that's due to counting the metro area as a whole? Those are the two categories that hurt.

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    I think these two factors may have skewed the rankings a bit, Limited Health Care and Poor Physical Health. East Coast cities often have better services and a better safety net so those two aspects might lower their rankings, but I'm not sure that's exactly what we are all thinking of when we think stress.

    D.C. is known for its workaholics, but actually outside of the hard-driving politicos its quite laid-back. I think. Or maybe that's me that's laid-back.

    On the exercise thing though, there are so many people out running in my neighborhood it looks like its an outdoor gym.
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    The only thing that truly stressed me while living in #3 Houston were the frequent traffic jams on the highways in town. Other than that, I didn't feel all that much stress.

    As for Chicago, again, any stress I felt generally was the result of traffic jams going to/from work (I lived in the city, but worked out in the suburbs). After my first year there, I no longer needed to do that commute and I couldn't have been happier in Chicago.

    I guess the theme of the story for me is driving. If I don't have to deal with driving & frequent traffic jams, I feel relatively happy and much less stressed. That's why I'll always prefer locations like Boston, NYC, Philly, DC, Chicago, and San Fran... all of which offer a more realistic chance of avoiding the freeways and instead either walking or using rapid transit to get to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    LA is only #6 in long commute time?
    That was my reaction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by genevieve View Post
    I'm surprised Detroit is only #10
    There would have to be more people there. Besides, when no one works, how bad can the commute be?

    I'd agree with Blue Ridge, except if you try to drive during rush hour, DC is fairly laid-back. If anything it still gets derided as being a little too 'sleepy Southern city", which was fine for me at any rate. Also, no supertall buildings creating that prison atmosphere the big cities have.

    The one I'm amazed missed the top ten is Boston. It's NIGHTMARE to drive in, on or off the major roads, it's incredibly expensive, the public transit system is only slightly less confusing than New York's...someone asked me once why I drove nearly an hour to work instead of taking the T, and I explained, even living walking distance from my town's commuter rail stop, that would have taken around two hours one-way and involved the commuter rail, the T, and at least one and possibly two bus lines in a very circuitous route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRidge View Post
    D.C. is known for its workaholics, but actually outside of the hard-driving politicos its quite laid-back. I think. Or maybe that's me that's laid-back.
    The latter. Some of us could keep Xanax profitable all by ourselves if we wanted to, personally I would rather feel the stress than the chemical. We do have a really high proportion of exercisers, though, and our unemployment rate is relatively low. The commute is dreadful but more and more people are moving into town, DC's population is on the upswing.

    But it's not the politicos, or not just the politicos. I've been in restaurants recently where you could play a chorale from everybody's Blackberries pinging at 9:00 PM.
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    If I were any more laid back, I'd fall out of my chair... hardyhar... I still think DC is laidback, its just that you Type A personalities all congregate together...

    blackberries are something you pick off bushes and eat...
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    I think DC is laid back. I don't feel stressed out there and don't get the hectic vibe that NYC has in spades, even when I'm around stressed out people in DC who can't function without their crackberries or some other device of self-inflicted torture. Rather pastoral there, yes.
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