Top 10 Most Stressed Out Cities in America

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — So stressed that many mornings your eyeballs feel ready to explode out of your face?

The cause may be as simple as where you live.

That's the news from online real estate brokerage Movoto which has unveiled its ranking of America's top ten most stressed out cities.

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What did not make the top ten list is as interesting as what did. Not a contender is Detroit (#21) despite municipal bankruptcy, a violent crime rate that often puts it on top of any most dangerous cities poll, and frankly there is no light at the end of Motor City's very dark tunnel. Even so, it's not a stressful place to live, per Movoto.

Houston, the nation's fourth biggest city, came in a tranquil 43.

The sixth biggest city, Phoenix, did not even make Movoto's top 50 ranking (it placed 52). That makes it the least stressful big city, with even less stress than Charlotte, N.C. (#50).

The only other truly big city that didn't place is the nation's seventh biggest, San Antonio, which, said Movoto blogger Randy Nelson who wrote up the research, came in a laid-back 71.

So the stress phobic know where to move.

Stay tuned for the top ten countdown but, first, here is how Movoto determined stress. It started with a list of the nation's 100 largest cities, then calculated these measures:

  • Commute time
  • Unemployment
  • High cost of living
  • Crime
  • Hours worked
  • Population density
  • Percentage of income spent on rent

Fair enough. The more time spent working and commuting to pay high living expenses is an undeniable gateway to stress. Factor in population density - overcrowd rats, and in psych lab experiments they eat each other - and genuine reasons to fear becoming a crime victim, and indeed there is plenty to be on edge about.