Nearly eight-in-ten Americans (77 percent) regularly experience physical symptoms, while one-third feel they are living with extreme stress.
If you can make it in New York, congratulations. You must have superlative stress-management skills. The Big Apple ranks atop CNNMoney’s recent ranking of the 55 of America’s most stressed-out cities.
Health is the primary personal concern of Affluent Americans, on par with maintaining their current financial position, according to Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner research. In a survey conducted last December about New Year’s resolutions, the highest percentage resolved to improve their health and exercise regimen.
A key component of this is managing stress, which can cause strokes and heart attacks. Nearly eight-in-ten Americans (77 percent) regularly experience physical symptoms, while one-third feel they are living with extreme stress, according to the American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress.
These Americans best steer clear of New York, along with Detroit, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernadino, and Houston. CNNMoney, in association with the APA, ranked 55 of America’s largest cities based on pverty and unemployment rates, commute teams, overall health, family size, crime rate, and other factors (what; no sports teams?)
New York’s long commute times and even longer work hours (giving new meaning to the lyric, “city that doesn’t sleep”). Factor in, too, the high cost of living. On the plus side, CNN notes, crime is down and the parks offer free yoga classes (then again, you might get mugged there, so up goes the stress).
Detroit made No. 2 on the list for its high crime, unemployment (its 9 percent unemployment rate is about three points higher than the national average), and poverty (more than one-fourth of Detroit residents live below the poverty line).
As America’s third-most stressed-out city, Los Angeles can credit its massive gridlock and high cost of living (and that doesn’t include actors sweating out word from their agents about whether they got the part or studio executives fretting opening weekend box office).
Rounding out the top 10 most stressed-out cities in America are Chicago (not enough sunshine), Miami (high poverty rate), New Orleans (unhealthy lifestyles), Atlanta (long commutes) and Memphis (high crime rates).
Where can Americans live to beat the stress. According to the list, the least stressed-out cities are:
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Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.