Chicago named America's most stressed out city

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38177201H14196123.JPGThere's a budget crisis, a fourth-place finish in the 2016 Olympic bid, a pair of losing baseball teams and corruption, corruption, corruption.

It's no wonder Chicago was identified by the Princess Cruises Life Balance Barometer as America's most stressed out city.

In the national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive, Chicagoans had the least "life balance," followed by Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego. Meanwhile, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth ranked last on the list -- meaning their citizens claim to have the most life balance.

In a Princess Cruises press release, stress expert and founder of The Stress Institute, Dr. Kathleen Hall, said life balance "is all about having time for work, relationships, relaxation and fun, but when people are stressed out, it can be hard for them to focus on the priorities that will help get them back in balance."

What do you think, Chicago -- are we really that stressed, or is this a case of Princess Cruises trying to coax us away from the cold winter weather that awaits in coming months?
America's Most Stressed Out Cities

1. Chicago                      
2. Houston            
3. Boston                          
4. Los Angeles       
5. San Diego               
6. Denver                   
7. San Francisco              
8. Detroit                                  
9.  Tampa (tie)
9.  Portland, Ore. (tie).
10. Seattle
11. Washington, D.C. (tie)
11. Baltimore (tie)
12. Sacramento     
13. Pittsburgh   
14. Philadelphia
15. New York
16. Phoenix
17. Atlanta
18. St. Louis
19. Minneapolis
20. Cincinnati
21. Las Vegas
22. Dallas/Fort Worth
23. Miami

32 Comments

This article just stresses me out.


Until we can get the guns and gang bangers off the streets. I can't see anything changeing on this list.

I agree. Between all the road construction and horrid weather it's tough enough. Now add 9-12 hours a day of work on top of that! LA has nice weather but similar traffic woes. No surprise Miami is #23; those people seem to always have a permanent smile on their faces, even when they frown it won't come off!

100% accurate. As a lifelong Chicagoan, I am ready to move out of Illinois all together. High taxes, kids getting killed left and right, corrupt government at all levels (local, county, state), bad job market. There is no reason to stay here.

It's because the women and the weather are too cold.

I agree with you Lulu 100%. Thinking of moving out of state again for the 3rd time. They say third times a charm.

100% percent agree. Havent live in the Chicago area too long to see it absolutely apparent. However, corruption in goverment.. We elect these officials into their positions, how about we think about that???

*Toddler Stroger Family taxes.
*Sanctuary City status protecting illegal drug gangs.
*Corrupt city, county, and state governments.
*etc.
*etc.
*etc.

i thought this blog was supposed to 'distract us from the crushing burden of life'?

the survey's participants probably just sounded stressed & were terse b/c they were, well, WORKING, and have better things to do than answer silly polls.

I have lived here all my life. STROGER MUST GO!!! Come on people with brains - vote that ideoit out of office. I hate Republicans but I would vote for Mickey Mouse over that guy. VOTE HIM OUT!

I agree with Lulu 100% as well. I am born and raised in Chicago and I am definitely stressed. I agree with the survey.

Chicago definately has it problems but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love the ride down Lake Shore, I love the restaurants, the summers on the beach and lake. Bears games! Chicago-stressed, only if you allow it to stress you. You have to find your own balance. However, I do hope and pray that the goverment is turned right side up, road construction is done during late night hours and that parents and adults take control of our children but I'm not leaving. I would say that Chicago is for the tough and if you can't handle the wind then let it blow you to a place with a little less corruption, a little less murders and a little less stress.

This article is on point!We have to watch out back every time we leave the house, CTA is increasing ever year, and the Mayor is definitely about to make the residents suffer b/c we didn’t win the Olympic bid…nothing is free. Soon we’ll be paying to breath air in Chicago (they’ve probably already included that tax in with something else).

Loving the comment T.H., chicago is not for the faint of heart. The survey said it was a national survey, but it didn't give you any more information than that. I'd like to see how they determined that, and how they collected the samples.

I would love to move out of Chicago, but the 20% property declines in Chicago, higher taxes, etc. won't allow it. I'm forced to stay here until property values come back around. We live in the highest taxed and morst corrupted state and city in the United States. Of Course we are the most stressed out, which is why Chicago is the fattest city as well. My family and I are making plans to leave this God forsaken place of greed, high taxes, and political corruption.

You are right Lulu! We are making plans for the same. Why would we want to subject our families to this madness? Good Luck to you and your family.

I can't wait to move the hell out of here. I'll still root for the Bears, Cubbies and Bulls but it's too expensive and I work from home so I can bring my job anywhere. Anywhere is cheaper to live and less corrupt than here.

I agree so much with T.H. What's funny is that I now live in Houston and its 2nd on the list!!!! LOL Did I move to bad from bad?! But having been born and raised in The Chi and reading all of the most recent horrid stories....yes moving was for the best. And I recommend it to everyone. Get a fresh start! I wouldn't trade MY CHICAGO for anything in the world tho. I miss it so much, the food, late nite walks on the lake front or long drives down LakeShore, free festivals etc. Its the culture I miss all together and I'm sorry Houstonians just don't cut it! HOWEVER, your money is stretched out a little more in Tx, esp in Real Estate.

I moved to Chicago from California to get a taste of what big city life would be like. You do have a great city but the negatives drown out the positives. If there were more jobs I would of picked Milwaukee over Chicago, less crowds, less corruption , and nicer people.

GoodBye Sweet Home Chicago, I've been watching the corruption first hand every day working in a school district, seeing the local school board, county officials, local officials and state representatives tap the flow of funds for their own personal needs. The electorate is too stupid to do anything about it, so I'm taking a page out of "High Noon." You people won't fight for ethics, truth and honor, you get what you deserve. I tried to help the young but can't do it alone, So I'm going to protect myself and my family.

I do have to agree. I was born and raised in Chicago and this is the worst I have ever seen. We put our lives in the hands of crooked politicians, raising taxes, gang violence etc. Being from Palatine, I do all my shopping in Lake county. I've put my house up for sale, I'll be moving out of Cook county and probably out of Illinois. Mayor Daley can have this corrupt city!

Of course we are the most stressd. We have the highest taxes in America and we get the least for our money. You used to be able to have a good time in Chicago, but now we are getting nickeled and dimed around every corner. I used to really love my city, but I am getting sick of the crap.

On top of everything, we have so many rules and regulations but yet crime is still widespread. This is the worst government in America. Daley doens't care about the average Joe.....black or white. He is trying his best to get his croonies as rich as fast as possible. A bunch of worthless projects for ridiculous prices. On top of that, try to get a liquor license or buy a city owned lot without lining the pockets of these punk aldermen. We really need to stand up and take out city back!

Of all cities, NY even beats us. It is because they actually are able to enjoy themselves. They have such great entertainment because there are no barriers to entry. Chicago sucks!

I moved to Chicago after 8 years in LA and left after a year, then a few years later, I moved to Chicago and left again! I really tried but the city is too congested, crowded and cold in the winter and too humid in the summer and very expensive. There's a lot to love but not enough for me to stay!

Now I know why I am always stress out, and I now know I am a normal Houstonian. What make us Houstonians stressed out is the long commutes and traffic and no good mass transit you spend most of your time in a car or at work. Plus the crime is so notorius and bad here. It does not matter if you are in the trendy galleria area or just going to the grocery store in Sugarland you constantly got to watch your back cause of all the creepy crooks out there that have no morals or feelings and are willing to hurt someone or attack someone for nothing.

I love Chicago. Yes, there are too many real problemss --the out of line sales tax and other taxes and fees, corruption at every level of government, the costly parking meters, crime including an unforgivable number of murders, especially of children, and many poor public schools.

There is also our beautiful lake front, outstanding cultural and educational institutions, terrific lectures on all kinds of subjects, beautiful plantings along Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue, incredible architecture, many very friendly people and free concerts all summer long. We have numerous and diverse festivals appealing to all kinds of audiences, including the Chicago Humanities Festival, book fairs and all kinds of wonderful night life. Prices are high but the overall cost of living is much more reasonable than the big coastal cities, especially for housing. Guests, who visit us, are amazed at how beatiful and interesting the city is.


My wife and I moved here for retirement six years ago after spending many years in NYC and weboth lhink Chiago is one of the great cities of the world.

I LOVE this city!! I can walk to most of the places I want to go. I don't need to own a car. There is so much to do. I love the community. This list is totally suspect because Portland, OR is #9 and that is the most mellow place and it is totally focused on quality of life. It really isn't possible for it to have made the list at all! Even after living there, I still moved back to Chicago because this is my town.

I LOVE this city!! I can walk to most of the places I want to go. I don't need to own a car. There is so much to do. I love the community. This list is totally suspect because Portland, OR is #9 and that is the most mellow place and it is totally focused on quality of life. It really isn't possible for it to have made the list at all! Even after living there, I still moved back to Chicago because this is my town.

Chicago doesn't get it. Stress dominates your lives when you accept less than what you actually deserve. The city has 8 million reasons to be stressed out. I lived in Chicago nearly my whole life and figured out how stupid this city was designed. Who was the genius to combine highways like the Kennedy and the Edens and now allow for additional lanes? Why do the highways force everything downtown? Why does Chicago have the highest sales and gas tax? Why does it cost so much just to park your car downtown or the airport? Who are the fools who worship the Lake and the Chicago "culture" but rarely spend time with these activities because they live in the suburbs? Why do Chicagoans live their lives in denial that there is something seriously wrong here? Why do Chicagoans accept the phrase "its always been that way?" Why do Chicagoans allow the scam known as construction season to go on every year? Why do North Side Chicagoans worship the Wrigley Field which is really the biggest beer garden in the world which happens to have a baseball game going on for entertainment? Why don't Chicagoans stop acting like Lemmings and revolt against the status quo? Why do many Chicagoans call Chicago the greatest city in the world when they've never ventured out of Cook County? I didn't have to answer these questions because I decided to get out of that hell hole!

This is an interesting article but it makes a claim without giving much evidence for it or going any deeper into the story. Hence, it's just morning "light" entertainment for generating so-called "buzz." Perhaps it really is a tease to take a cruise. The list of the alleged 23 most stressed-out cities includes the major cities in the country. Hence, for many reasons, it's obvious those 23 would be the most stressed during this let's-not-call-it-a-depression recession.

Did anyone notice that this study was done by a cruise line? Yay for legitimate, meaningful studies! And great timing to get people out of town and on a cruise with our weather lately and winter right around the corner!

Full release at link below. The apparently sole criteria of the study was work-life balance, with a focus on how much vacation time you get. Cost of living, crime rates, unemployment rate etc do not seem to be a factor. For those of you using this as an opportunity to bash Chicago, you're welcome to come live here in NYC where the median home price is pushing 20x the median income. On the bright side, we do have a port so you're closer to that cruise Princess wants you to take.

http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na1045

Chicago sucks all together...the people here are just corny and pretentious. The racism and classism is over the fucking top.

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