And People Wonder Why We Left…


America’s Most Stressful Cities

Few enjoy their commute. Just ask Stephen Dinwiddie, M.D., a psychiatrist at the University of Chicago.

“I think anybody who, like I do, commutes on the Kennedy on a daily basis knows exactly what stress is,” he says, of his daily home-to-work commute on Chicago’s expressway that extends from the Chicago Loop to O’Hare International Airport. “It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to several centuries–at least subjectively.”
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But more pressing factors make Chicago for the second year in a row the country’s most stressful city. Crowding, poor air quality, a high 11% unemployment rate and free-falling home values have created a cocktail of constant worry affecting many in the Windy City.

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5 thoughts on “And People Wonder Why We Left…”

  1. This is not what I would classify a blog entry…..all you came up with was a title….shame shame!!!

    I thought you were going to post an entry every time the bears won a game??? You’re behind one already!!! 😉

    As for Chicago….I drove there once. I will NEVER drive there again. I’ll take the train.

    And…..I’m glad you left Chicago…..or I would have never met you guys!!! 🙂

  2. Well, to be fair, it was just an exhibition game…
    And to add to the post, you can tell just by visiting or especially living in the Chicago area that it’s #1 in stress – people emit the stress, like their millions of cars admit pollution. It’s a pressure-cooker. It’s kind of difficult to explain to anyone who has never lived there nor lived anywhere else…
    On the flip side, there are probably plenty of people who enjoy living there (?) – perhaps they thrive on the stress, I don’t know. Different strokes for different folks, so they say.

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