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Chicago #1 Stressful City in US

America's Most Stressful Cities

No. 1 Chicago, Ill.

With 7.3% unemployment and a gallon of gas going for just under four bucks, the Windy City has some economic headwinds that result in a perfect storm for stress. Chi-town’s pollution problems (it ranked No. 7 in terms poor air quality) and lack of breathing room (it's No. 2 in terms of population density) couple to create a Midwestern Molotov cocktail of stress.


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That's why everyone is so fat.
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Wy do you think I'm ready to sell everything and move to Key west where I will bartend in a tiki bar, spend my free time on the beach or a sailboat. the stress is killing me.




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Midwestern Molotov cocktail of stress.


I just read this a few minutes ago. They forgot to add the construction factor into the equation. This would bring the stress level up to 11.

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See, if they allowed smoking indoors then that would lower the pollution issue.

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Wy do you think I'm ready to sell everything and move to Key west where I will bartend in a tiki bar, spend my free time on the beach or a sailboat. the stress is killing me.
Move to an island where the girls wear nothing but coconuts.
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I tell people this story all the time:

Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, I flew 90% for business. 80% of that was international travel. Everywhere I go I would try to relax and enjoy my time even though it was a business trip. I noticed that I was getting sick often after coming back home from many of these trips early on. I could never figure it out. I actually had to go see a shrink. We determined that it was the stress of being back home that was causing the sickness. She had me do an experiment where I would pay attention to how I was reacting as I was coming home from these trips. The funny thing I found was that, as the plane was in descent, my body tended to tense up. it was a subconscious reaction to prepare me for Chicago. Seriously. it ended up being the stress related to living in Chicago that was making me sick after a week+ of being in a more relaxed environment!

So, I believe that this poll is accurate.

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+1, noticed the same thing after returning from Japan a few years ago. Over there everyone is happy to help you and society works together (or at least it did then, can't say how it is today). Coming back here you could sense it immediately in the airport. The counter workers look like they'd rather be dead than doing their job there.

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Is this why everyone is drunk all the time?
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Thats why i live in woodstock now, 10+ yrs of living all over the city got old and especially my last residence for 6 months 26th and california was really stressful. Move out to woodstock, get on the metra and your down town in about an 1hr, houses are cheap, cornfeilds less then 1/2 mile from the square, thats where gorundhog day was filmed. I love it. Chicago, ohare, the kennedy expwy, and Mayor Daley and all of his ass hammering taxes can go get F**cked. Lifes too short
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Where is this gas pump that sells gas for less than $4. Last I saw was $4.50/Gallon.
BTW That Island living idea has been on my mind since I can remember. And is more and more appealing every day. Especially with summer nearing the end.
And every day I ask my self WTF I'm still doing in this daily shit grind. I'm single, have no kids, no dependents, no mortgages or shit like that. Bikes are all paid for. I guess I just don't have the balls to do it. Fuck now I'm mad.

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Great, everyone move to Colorado. Then it will get overpopulated and become most stressful state. Wonderful. Everyone go!
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i blame the constant construction.

i think that every "expressway" in and out of chicago is under construction.

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I think Paul just diagnosed my problems. I travel for a living too and I am always stressed when I return. There are upsides to this place for sure, but they don't always outweigh the bad.
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Wy do you think I'm ready to sell everything and move to Key west where I will bartend in a tiki bar, spend my free time on the beach or a sailboat. the stress is killing me.
Great idea until a hurricane is bearing down on you, your family, your tiki bar and the sailboat. Let me know if you need some hurricane windows!
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I thought that's why Daley made all these fancy parks n shit, to reduce stress no?
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I thought that's why Daley made all these fancy parks n shit, to reduce stress no?

Try driving around for an hour looking for parking to get to the park, thats enough to get your BP up there.
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Daley! Daley! Daley!

I love Chicago with all it's stress and bullshit. Yeah I gripe about it and it's horrid weather but you know what? I've tried to stay away from this place and almost ended up staying in Atlanta which by the way is a great city but I always end up back in this hell hole I love so much. In Cali they stare at you wide eyed when you try to use sarcasm (sun touched dumbasses) and in NY they just try to rob you every damn chance they get. FL is full of ridiculous toll roads that you have no choice but to take and everywhere else is just filled with hillbillies that stare at my slanted eyes everywhere I go. Thanks but I'll stay my fat ass in this hell hole and continue to bitch about it.
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I tell people this story all the time:

Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, I flew 90% for business. 80% of that was international travel. Everywhere I go I would try to relax and enjoy my time even though it was a business trip. I noticed that I was getting sick often after coming back home from many of these trips early on. I could never figure it out. I actually had to go see a shrink. We determined that it was the stress of being back home that was causing the sickness. She had me do an experiment where I would pay attention to how I was reacting as I was coming home from these trips. The funny thing I found was that, as the plane was in descent, my body tended to tense up. it was a subconscious reaction to prepare me for Chicago. Seriously. it ended up being the stress related to living in Chicago that was making me sick after a week+ of being in a more relaxed environment!

So, I believe that this poll is accurate.
So true paul! I've gone out of town probably like 6-7 times this year and each and every time it feels like a breath of Fresh air!

And then the moment I'm driving or flying back into the airport or my town, I swear it feels like I'm suiting up for battle or something and the thoughts of "Here we go again" cross my mind and I'm not sure I ever really thought about it like that before. Hmmmm I'm gonna start looking to transfer!

Cali maybe? Or AZ even! I have buddies in both states insisting I move???

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Nothing gives me stress like arriving in Las Vegas. I see the hotels on the strip from I-15 or the airport and my mind goes "Oh F***, I'm in Vegas again". I have to work a trade show there every year. Never liked the place. Always can't wait to leave. Without an interest in fine dining, gambling, booze or girls, there is absolutely nothing to do in Vegas except work.

Perhaps as I live in a part of Chicago that is relatively quiet, has parking, and the traffic isn't anywhere near what it is on the North Side, I don't mind coming home from business trips. Fly into Midway and home in an easy 1/2 hour on city streets. Lived at Hermitage and Winnemac for a year in the 80's. Was so glad to move back to the South Side, even if everyone here is a Sox fan. j/k

I'll take living in Chicago over NYC or LA any day of the week. I've lived in both and did not enjoy the experience.

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Nothing gives me stress like arriving in Las Vegas. I see the hotels on the strip from I-15 or the airport and my mind goes "Oh F***, I'm in Vegas again". I have to work a trade show there every year. Never liked the place. Always can't wait to leave. Without an interest in fine dining, gambling, booze or girls, there is absolutely nothing to do in Vegas except work.

Perhaps as I live in a part of Chicago that is relatively quiet, has parking, and the traffic isn't anywhere near what it is on the North Side, I don't mind coming home from business trips. Fly into Midway and home in an easy 1/2 hour on city streets. Lived at Hermitage and Winnemac for a year in the 80's. Was so glad to move back to the South Side, even if everyone here is a Sox fan. j/k

I'll take living in Chicago over NYC or LA any day of the week. I've lived in both and did not enjoy the experience.

I AM going to vegas next weekend, annnnnnnd DO have an obvious interest in Dining/Booze/Girls So it should be jolly time!

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What's so friggin stressful about it anyway. Sure there is road congestion, traffic, and construction but do you think they don't have that anywhere else?

Weather, hell I'd take routine cold winters over hella hurricanes, earthquakes and annual flooding anyday. Besides, I can play hockey on the local pond when it dips below 32. It doesn't rain all year like the northwest either.

Politics? Daley might be gouging us and G-Rod is a total blunder but don't think that a place like NYC or CA is any better.

Unemployment high? Well of course it is, like only 50% of CPS kids finish school and the jobs they get are crap. I went to college and grad school to make sure I have skills to bring to the table. Sure, this isn't silicon valley or research triangle but Chicago has some really good paying jobs.

Housing? Don't think for a second that you can live in a major metropolitan area for as little as you can in Chicagoland. Sure, there are cheap places to like but they aren't the same caliber. I have a brother in N CA and a sister in Boston and the homes they bought just last week are easily 2x what my place is worth and they don't make better money than me. I was looking to relocate to S CA until I found out that my $10,000 raise wouldn't pay for the $300,000 extra home cost. And my current home is probably worth over $400,000 even in this market.

So IMO Chicago isn't perfect and sure the grass is always greener on the other side. It's easy to relax when you are out of town but once you move there you still have to pay taxes, get your kids to school and cook dinner every day.

I think of Chicago (and I'm speaking also of Chicagoland) as a practical place to live. If you don't like the city you have the option of moving to the burbs and there's a lot of choices out in the burbs too. Its not like some markets where you have city and farm or city and expensive burbs or dumpy burbs. We have those too but not like NYC or LA.

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The traffic here is nothing compared to Atlanta traffic. Holy fawk, try being stuck on that complicated highway system they have there for 3+ hours from the airport to my moms about 30 miles away!
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