Detroit, Los Angeles Most Stressful U.S. Cities

Bernd Debusmann, Jr., Reuters, September 7, 2010

Detroit, Los Angeles and Cleveland are the most stressful cities in America, according to a new study.

“Detroit has a lot of things going against it. It topped nearly all our standards for our stress test, although it was rarely number one,” said Portfolio.com editor J. James Moss. “Across the board, it was bad.”

Riverside in California and St. Louis in Missouri rounded out the top five stressful cities.

Portfolio.com, a national business and news website for small business executives, looked at unemployment rates, personal finance data, environmental, health and living standards and crime rates to compile the ranking of 50 cities.

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He [Moss] added that the list was done using statistical data analysis, rather than interviews with local residents about their levels of stress.

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New York City captured the No. 6 spot, followed by New Orleans, Chicago, Birmingham and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

At the other end of the scale Salt Lake City was ranked as the least stressful city, thanks to its low crime rates, high health standing and employment, and its easy commutes.

Virginia Beach in Virginia, and Minneapolis-St.Paul also scored high for their low-stress living.

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Other less stressful cities included Raleigh in North Carolina, Austin in Texas, Denver, San Antonio and Kansas City.

Moss noted that stress levels seem to be increasing across America’s major cities for a variety of factors, most notably the economy.

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