Eye twitching involuntarily? Grinding your teeth at night? Hair falling out in thick clumps? Too quick to honk at that SOB ahead of you at the stoplight? Welcome to life in 2010 in Las Vegas, the nation’s most stressful city, according to Forbes. The magazine evaluated unemployment rates (Vegas ranked highest of the 40 cities studied), access to health care (third worst), physical health (second worst) and exercise habits (ours are the worst), commute times and working hours to create the list. Los Angeles came in second, and Houston landed in third.
Earlier this year, the American College of Sports Medicine ranked Vegas the nation’s sixth most unhealthy city and WalletPop.com put us fourth in its worst places to live list. Last year, the Daily Beast website said we were 54th of 55 smartest cities they, ahem, studied. So what’s next for us? Perhaps the city most likely to be on the next capricious, derogatory list some curmudgeonly editor dreams up? Irony of ironies, people in the rest of the nation look to Vegas’ many amenities to escape their humdrum lives. Just last month, Forbes ranked Las Vegas in a tie with New York as the nation’s coolest city. Don’t let them see you sweat.