America's Most Stressful Cities

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America's Most Stressful Cities

Living in any major city involves stress that's not experienced in quieter, more remote towns.

"Sinking property values, high unemployment and prices, and poor environments add to the pressure felt by residents in these metros" according to a recent article on Forbes.com. Forbes.com published a current list of "America's Most Stressful Cities".

I was curious to see where Los Angeles (my home) featured on the list and unsurprisingly, Los Angeles takes second position. Los Angeles has a population density of 2732 people per square mile and ranks 4th on the country's list of "Highest Cost of Living".

Chicago in is first position as America's most stressful city with the major factors being poor air quality, a high unemployment rate and free-falling home prices.

People are worried (justifiably) as their quality of life is threatened.

Where would you rate your city on the list?

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Rainmaker
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Stewart, Southern Utah has clean air, low crime, no traffic jams and a slower lifestyle than those bigger cities. Of course, we have REOs coming on-line daily and few viable jobs available so there is stress but not big city stress.

August 23, 2009 12:27 PM #1
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Steve Shatsky
Prudential Texas Properties - Dallas, TX
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Hi Stewart... Dallas is Number 36.  I can live with that... stresslessly!  :)

August 23, 2009 12:37 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
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Sorry, I think that article is full of it.

Having lived in and visited enough major cities all over the world, this would have to be one of the easiest, stress-free places I could imagine living.

Statistics can paint any picture, but doe sit make it accurate!

 

August 23, 2009 02:57 PM #3
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

We moved to Mooreville/Lake Norman NC from West Los Angeles in 2005 because of just this.  While there are parts of life in LA that we miss, when we go back and walk out the doors of LAX we immediately feel the frenzy of traffic, noise etc. We have gotten used to the more relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  The Charlotte area that they include in this survey is fairly high in these polls but Lake Norman is much better.  But, do me a favor and go down to the beach for me...I miss rollerblading on the bike path more than anything...no stress there!

August 23, 2009 05:24 PM #4
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Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
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I would have guessed that DC would rank in the Top 5.  I was slightly off - it was 9.  That definitely feels about right, unfortunately.

August 23, 2009 07:17 PM #5
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Actually... I read the article... and Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington is # 36.  Poor neglected Fort Worth.  Fort Worth is NOT a suburb of Dallas.

My hometown of Cleveland was listed at number 4 on the list.  But... I am sure after LeBron James signs his contract extension next summer Cleveland will drop way down the list.  Or, if he goes to New York (the dummie)... right away... Cleveland goes to Number One.  

August 24, 2009 01:07 AM #6
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Stewart~ I totally expected that Owensboro, Ky would NOT be on the list for stress.  As a matter of fact, I didn't notice any cities for KY on there.  We are pretty laid back and our real estate has held its own....

August 24, 2009 01:13 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Wow,  I quess the rest of us have more than we thought to be thankful for.

Shelton

August 24, 2009 08:58 AM #8
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Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Stewart, I always enjoy your most interesting posts!  Even though Sacramento was number 7 on the list - at least we were not in the top 5.  I'll take that as a positive.

August 25, 2009 10:05 AM #9
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs - Palm Springs, CA
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker

Cathy - Thanks for reading :)

So it appears that Sacramento is more "chilled out" than LA ..... interesting!

August 25, 2009 10:18 AM #10
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Stewart,

I thought Vegas would be rather high up, but surprisingly it landed as the 20th. At least there are lists where we aren't among the top three or so.

August 25, 2009 06:05 PM #11
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Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs

Hi Stewart,

Lots of people make fun of the Inland Empire, I heard jokes about it before we moved out here.  If the air were better I would say this could be one of the best places I have lived.  I have been all over and I love Corona.  If I could afford it, I would be in San Francisco or Sonoma....oh well I can dream!

August 28, 2009 10:04 AM #12
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

@ Ana or Stewart:  Sorry, just what is this "Inland Empire."  And where did the term come from ?  Just curious about some history here.  :)

August 28, 2009 10:42 AM #13
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs - Palm Springs, CA
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker

Karen Anne - The Inland Empire is a metropolitan area in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties of Southern California with a population of 4 million people.

August 29, 2009 12:50 PM #14
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Thanks Stewart:  From the name, it sounded like a place that would have Darth Vader as it's mayor... LOL.  Thanks for the geography lesson :)

August 29, 2009 01:25 PM #15
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