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Is Your City Stressed Out?

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?

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About the Author

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson is the director of Boundless and young adults at Focus on the Family and hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and podcast. She loves connecting with single young adults and strategizing how to better equip them for life, relationships and a faith that goes the distance; she does not love managing budgets or signing contracts, but realizes that’s part of her job, too. Lisa can often be heard at conferences and on radio and TV, getting worked up about dating, relationships, faith and hip-hop. She grew up in San Jose, California, is a graduate of Trinity International University in Chicago, and spent a good chunk of her life in media relations before joining Boundless. She runs to counterbalance her love of pastries and chicken tikka masala, and often quotes her mom, who’s known to say outrageous things. She’s the author of The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose (David C. Cook). Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaCAnderson.


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