Chicago Among Nation's Most Stressed Out Cities

The Windy City ranked no. 7 on the top 10 list

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    Chicago, which made the list at no. 7, was a top contender thanks to long commutes and a high population density.

    Looks like the city that works is also a city that’s stressed.

    According to a report from Movoto Real Estate, the Windy City ranked among the top “10 Most Stressed Out Cities in America.”

    The report ranked cities using stress factors like commute time, unemployment, high cost of living, crime per 100,000 residents, hours worked, population density and percentage of income spent on rent.

    Chicago, which made the list at No. 7, was a top contender thanks to long commutes and a high population density.

    According to the data, residents spend an average of 39 minutes getting to work each day, the second highest compared to other cities studied.

    And “much like the best deep dish pizza has tons of sauce and cheese packed into it,” the report said Chicago is packed with 11,872 people per square mile.

    While income spent on rent wasn’t as notable a number in Chicago’s data, recent studies have shown residents must make between $18.25 and $19.25 an hour to afford a typical two-bedroom rental in the city.

    And while officials say Chicago’s shootings are down from previous years, the city’s crime has gained national spotlight over the last few years.

    Over the last weekend, at least 28 people were shot, four of them fatally.

    Stress has been linked to a number of medical issues like hair loss, heart problems, sleep deprivation and even trouble conceiving.

    The most stressed out city in America, according to the study, was Washington D.C., which was followed by New York, Miami, San Francisco, Jersey City and Oakland.

    Following Chicago was Newark, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

    The least stressed out city was Lincoln, Nebraska.

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