Forbes: Chicagoans most stressed in U.S.

Are you stressed out?
September 17, 2008 3:34:11 PM PDT
Forbes finds Windy City residents the most stressed in the nation.A recent study found Chicagoans are stressed out. The reasons- unemployment, gas prices and high population density. Mix those with poor air quality and less than perfect weather, and according to, it's the right combo for a stressful life.

Who else is stressed out? New York, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In that order, according to Forbes.

The study considered these factors:

  • housing affordability
  • unemployment rates
  • gas prices
  • air quality
  • number of sunny days
  • population density
  • Chicago has a 7.3-percent unemployment rate; is the eight most polluted according to air quality; and feels the pain at the pump at just under $4/gallon.

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