For the second year running, Chicago was named as the most stressful city in America in a recent survey conducted by Forbes magazine.
Crowded town, high unemployment rate, poor air quality and the deteriorating property value were seen as the major factors contributing to its listing as the worst town when it comes to stress. It certainly is not a very good news for the President Barrack Obama, who hailed from Chicago.
Chicago is the biggest city in the state of Illinois, and is the second most densely populated city behind New York. It is a major hub for telecommunication and transportation, with its main airport, O’Hare Airport cited as one of the world’s business airports. It is also an extremely popular tourist destination, with more than 30 million visitors from all over the world flocking the city in 2007.
Apart from being a important financial hub, Chicago offers business diversity in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, publishing, printing, food processing and so on. It is also home to prominent pharmaceutical companies such as Abbot Laboratories, Baxter International and General Electric’s healthcare division.
The MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index ranked Chicago as the fourth most important business center in the world.
In finding out the most stressful cities, Forbes examined a number of parameters and the quality of life factors which include the unemployment figures supplied by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, cost of living from the Council for Community and Economic Research, the average property price drops, population density and to some extent, the weather.
Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland and Providence were ranked second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.