Detroit and Los Angeles most stressful U.S. cities: poll

Tue Sep 7, 2010 11:41am EDT
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By Bernd Debusmann, Jr.

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Detroit, Los Angeles and Cleveland are the most stressful cities in America, according to a new study.

"Detroit has a lot of things going against it. It topped nearly all our standards for our stress test, although it was rarely number one," said editor J. James Moss. "Across the board, it was bad."

Riverside in California and St. Louis in Missouri rounded out the top five stressful cities., a national business and news website for small business executives, looked at unemployment rates, personal finance data, environmental, health and living standards and crime rates to compile the ranking of 50 cities.

"Detroit has been plagued with high unemployment, a really distressed housing market and is burdened with high crime. It doesn't really seem like it has much hope," Moss explained.

He added that the list was done using statistical data analysis, rather than interviews with local residents about their levels of stress.

"We didn't interview residents ... People will have always have some civic pride that could counter statistical figures," he said.

New York City captured the No. 6 spot, followed by New Orleans, Chicago, Birmingham and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.   Continued...

<p>General Motors Corp. world headquarters is seen along the Detroit river in downtown Detroit, Michigan May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>