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June 24th, 2011
05:48 AM ET

Question of the Day: Is city living worth it even if it’s more stressful and possibly harmful to your health?

(CNN) Researchers for a new study published in the journal Nature have found that the brain of a city-dweller may respond more strongly to stress than a country-dweller.

The study also suggests that two brain regions involved with emotion and stress regulation could potentially be harmed by living in a city.

This research delves into possible biological explanations for why other studies have found a 21% higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 39% increased risk for mood disorders among people who come from cities.

American Morning wants to know: Is city living worth it even if it’s more stressful and possibly harmful to your health?

Post your answer here. Your response could be included on this morning's broadcast.

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  1. peter b

    I love living in a city. rural populations normally lack diversity in all aspects (racial, philosphy, tolerance etc). urban living allows one to grow and learn. I also know my neighbors and enjoy their uniqueness

    June 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  2. spooky wray

    I moved from LA to Vancouver Island 2 months ago and have never felt better. Lakes,forests a slower pace. Wish Id done it sooner.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  3. Nicolai

    I love living in the country, the city is good for visits; but I guess they would say the same thing about rural areas. Places like New York City just has too much going on for me. I like my space and elbow room. New York City wouldn't let me have that pleasure. And plus hearing all of those sirens. Ugh. No. Chickens, deer, and opossums are much more comforting. Lol

    June 24, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  4. Bob in Houston

    My great aunt, who just turned 89, was a WAVE in World War Two; she met her late husband, a flyboy from Liberty, TX, during the war. After they married, they were deciding where to settle down, and she asked him “Where in Houston are we going to live, because I'm not living in the middle of nowhere.” She's still going strong; she is still driving and feels great, so I think city life is more healthy than the country.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:53 am |