Chicago Ranked Among Most-Stressed Cities in Nation

Chicago took the no. 6 spot

For the second time this year, Chicago has ranked among the most stressed-out cities in the nation.

Thanks to its brutal winters, unemployment rates, traffic, and unhealthy lifestyles Chicagoans have been named the sixth most stressed out city residents in a new study from CNNMoney.

The study used statistics from government and non-profit sources to collect data from 55 metro areas and ranked them based on five categories—including economy and money, work, family, lifestyle and crime.

The five most stressed-out cities were New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, California, and Houston.

Chicago took the no. 6 spot with an unemployment rate still above the national average, stressful rush hour traffic and sunny days occurring only half of the year.

Binge drinking and smoking is also common among city residents, the study suggested. Nearly 20 percent of people reporting they are in fair or poor health, according to a Centers for Disease Control survey.

As for a few bright spots notes in the survey, the city’s historic reputation for violence was matched by a below-average property crime rate.

Chicago is also home to the country’s second largest transit agency, which can be helpful for those looking to take a detour from city traffic, the study reports.

Among the least stressed out cities included Salt Lake City, Rochester, New York, Raleigh, North Carolina, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Richmond, Virginia.

Chicago was previously ranked no. 7 in a study from Movoto Real Estate released last month.

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