Cleveland, while it may liveable and affordable cities to live in, is also one of the most stressful places in the United States to live. Forbes annual rankings of the country's most stressful cities places Cleveland in the #4 spot. Surprisingly, the most stressful city was not New York City, but rather, it was Chicago. NYC came in at number three, behind Los Angeles in second.
Forbes determined the rankings by looking at these key factors: median home price drop, unemployment rate, cost of living, air quality, number of sunny days per year, and population density.
In those categories, Cleveland ranked:
- #10 in median home price drop
- #17 in unemployment rate
- #28 in cost of living
- #18 in air quality
- #4 in sunny days per year
- #9 in population density
The high rankings in the sunny days per year, median home price drop and population density were what really catapulted Cleveland near the top of the list. Cleveland ranked in the top 10 in year-over-year median home price drop, and had just 162 sunny days per year in 2007 and a population density of 1,060 people per square mile. An unemployment rate of 10.1% in June also adds to the city's stress factor.
The top ten most stressful cities of 2009 were:
1 - Chicago, IL