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pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 2nd Sep '09 7:02 PM

DO YOU LIVE IN A STRESSFUL CITY?

And speaking of the Big City WP (well done, Barry, BTW), made me think of this Forbes Magazine article

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100244044>1=31036

"America's Most Stressful Cities." They ranked the 40 top metropolitan areas and then ranked them according to the drop in the median home price, unemployment rate, cost of living, air quality, sunny days per year and population density.

Here are the Top 10:

1. Chicago
2. LA
3. New York
4. Cleveland
5. Providence
6. San Francisco
7. Detroit
8. Boston
9. Washington, D.C.
10. San Jose

This surprised me. I've visited all but one of these cities, and thought they all had qualities to recommend them. Do you live in one of these metropolitan areas, and do you feel stressed?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 2nd Sep '09 7:17 PM

San Francisco more stressful than Detroit? Wonder about this study.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 2nd Sep '09 7:19 PM

Oh, I see. Sunny days are a factor

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Wed, 2nd Sep '09 9:30 PM

I find it amazing stress in American cities has to ranked.

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 2nd Sep '09 10:18 PM

I have lived in a suburb of Detroit for the last 40 years and have enjoyed it. We go downtown once in a while and haven't encountered any problems but we only visit certain areas.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 1:07 AM

That's it. That's why I left Chicago for Laroque-des-Albères, France, pop 2000.

It wasn't for the sun, the mountains, the Mediterranean sea, the food, the wine, the wonderful people, to learn to dance the sardana, to meet and to marry a wonderful French lady . . .

It was to escape the stress.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 2:07 AM

Leave. Become happy. Same thing as move away from stress, isn't it?

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 2:13 AM

Their criteria are interesting. All about work, money, more money, breathing, sun and population. What about crime? Transportation? Culture? Clean water? Schools? Whether they have a bike path and fun local food and good bookstores? Those are more important to me than whether the sun shines more days than not, and cost of living. Air...now, air is good.

Great to hear how happy your move has made you. Sounds excellent.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 7:54 AM

They didn't list my lil' ol' village.
Mind you, the mangelwurzels came up a bit late this year .........

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 9:52 AM

No stress here. Its quite peaceful.

Except for the hippies.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 10:35 AM

Lodi, you have Hippie Chicks there?

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 12:16 PM

No stress here either.
Lots of accents tho'.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 12:57 PM

Felix, we even have our own hemp festival.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 2:53 PM

I have some friends out there like Harry Pitts. Do you know her?

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 4:17 PM

I believe I've seen her and many of her relatives. They all have a distinguishing characteristic.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 5:02 PM

Village or city it matters not. Stress lives in the head.


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