Does your stomach hurt? Are you jittery? Short of breath? Losing sleep? If so, you must live in Detroit.
Detroit was recently named the “most stressful place to live and work” in a survey of 50 metropolitan areas within the United States. Unemployment, crime — even unfavorable weather — contributed to a number-one ranking for America’s auto capital.
Housing costs, pollution and lengthy commutes also make for stressful living. Higher rates of heart attack, hypertension, disease and early death are present in metro areas with high stress indicators.
The city that sits cool as a cucumber? Salt Lake City. It has the lowest murder rate among big U.S. cities, plus low unemployment, low cost of living — and let’s not forget the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
How stressful is it where you live? If you’re in a top-50 U.S. metro area, look here. International friends, how about you? Is London more stressful than Nairobi? Are folks in the Caribbean laid-back like all the Sandals Resort commercials would have us believe? What about you rural residents? What stresses you out?