Research reveals the most stressful cities in the United States of America
America’s most stressed citizens are — perhaps surprisingly — those who live in Los Angeles, according to new research.
A new poll on the stressors of city life polled 3,000 people from Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Miami and Chicago and found that 76 percent of Los Angeles residents polled are at least somewhat stressed on a typical day, barely edging out New York City.
Los Angeles residents are also most likely to claim their city is the hardest to live in, out of every city in the entire country (61 percent).
The new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, also found that Los Angeles residents can only go 10 and a half days in L.A. without needing a break from the grind — less than a week and a half.
That’s seven days fewer than New Yorkers and nine fewer than Chicago residents. Additionally, only 6 percent of L.A. respondents said they “never” get stressed.
The study’s main purpose, however, was to pinpoint specific locations that residents find to be the most stressful areas of their city.
“Everyday stresses can be found anywhere, but there are certainly places that are more widely known for being stress-inducers,” said Derek Dabrowski, VP of brand marketing for Canada Dry Ginger Ale. “We wanted to find those specific locations in top cities across the country and help bring some relief this summer with the relaxing taste of Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade.”
In New York City, Times Square was crowned the most stressful place to be on a given day (39 percent,) with Grand Central Station coming in second place (37 percent). The ACE train line was also voted the most stressful of the subways.
Chicagoans voted The Loop to be the most stressful place (34 percent), with the Magnificent Mile coming in a close second (26 percent). Interestingly, the Red Line earned the title of most stress-inducing train (40 percent).
San Francisco crowned the Tenderloin area (46 percent) as their most stressful place to be in town with Union Square (32 percent) and Chinatown (30 percent) rounding out the top three. San Franciscoans were also most likely to rate their city’s housing costs as “poor” (53 percent).
L.A. residents dubbed Hollywood and Highland Center as the least relaxing place to be on an average day (35 percent) with Universal Studios coming in second place (31 percent). And out of all the highways in the City of Angels, the 105 was definitively voted as the worst road.
In Dallas, the DFW airport was tapped as the most stressful place in the city (48 percent), with any DMV (37 percent) coming in second.
Finally, in Miami, South Beach was named the most stressful place (35 percent), with Dolphin Mall (34 percent) and Bayside Marketplace (29 percent) also scoring high marks.
“Visiting these locations may be unavoidable for some, but with Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade, you can make any place your relaxation place,” said Dabrowski. “To help bring the Zen, anyone who visits the most stressful place in these cities on Thursdays in June and shares a geotagged selfie on Instagram tagging @CanadaDryGingerAle and using #CDThirstyThursday and #promo will receive a coupon for a free 12pk of Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade, while supplies last.”
PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE AT LEAST SOMEWHAT STRESSED EVERY DAY
- Los Angeles 76%
- New York City 72%
- Chicago 65%
- Miami 64%
- Dallas 48%
- San Francisco 44%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN DALLAS
- DFW Airport 48%
- Any DMV 37%
- Amusement parks 26%
- Galleria 25%
- American Airlines Center 23%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN NEW YORK CITY
- Times Square 39%
- Grand Central Station 37%
- New York Passport Agency 30%
- Union Square 29%
- Penn Station 28%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN CHICAGO
- The Loop 34%
- Magnificent Mile 26%
- Navy Pier 25%
- Water Tower Place 24%
- Museum Campus 24%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN SAN FRANCISCO
- Tenderloin 46%
- Union Square 32%
- Chinatown 30%
- Fisherman’s Wharf 29%
- Mission District 29%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN LOS ANGELES
- Hollywood/Highland Center 35%
- Universal Studios 31%
- TCL Chinese Theater 28%
- Any casting agency 27%
- Rodeo Drive 27%
TOP 5 MOST STRESSFUL PLACES IN MIAMI
- South Beach 35%
- Dolphin Mall 34%
- Bayside Marketplace 29%
- Ocean Drive 28%
- Brickell City Centre 27%
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