Chicago Retains Title as Forbes' Most Stressful American City

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 2, 2009 5:20PM

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It's hard to believe it's been a year already since we were named "America's Most Stressful City" by Forbes. What's not so hard to believe? We've repeated as champs! Yeah, Chicago! Once again, factors included quality of life statistics, median home price drops, unemployment, air quality, and - yes - weather. What sayeth Forbes about our lovely village on the shores of Lake Michigan?

The nation's third-largest metropolitan statistical area takes the No. 1 spot as America's most stressful city. With an 11% unemployment rate in June, the second-worst air quality in the country, and a population density of 1,342 people per square mile, the windy city tops the list.

You hear that, third place NYC? Suck it! L.A. comes in at second place on this year's list, with Cleveland and Providence tying for fourth.