New report reveals the American cities that work the hardest—and the least

by Melissa Mesku

You might not have know there was such a thing as Employee Appreciation Day, but there is, and it’s today—March 1st. It’s a day to acknowledge the dubious accolade that Americans outwork many of their foreign peers by hundreds of extra hours per year, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub’s latest report, released today.

The report breaks down the U.S. cities, examining average hours worked per week, employment rate, share of workers with multiple jobs, and a number of other metrics. To determine which cities in the U.S. are the “hardest working,” WalletHub compared the largest 116 cities.

Some interesting findings

Interesting findings include Cheyenne, Wyoming, the city with the shortest commute at 14 minutes. That’s nearly triple New York City’s average commute time, which is the longest at over 40 minutes on average.

Jacksonville, Florida contributes the fewest volunteer hours: 8 and a half hours per resident per year on average. Baltimore contributes the most, over 45 hours per resident (5 times more than Jacksonville). Detroit has the highest share of households where no adults work—42.9 percent. Irving, Texas, has the lowest, 12.4 percent.

Bakersfield, California is the city with the highest share of “idle youth.” In Bakersfield, more than 20% of people aged 16 to 24 fit this category. Des Moines, Iowa, has the lowest share—6.1 percent.

Interestingly, the two states at the very top of the list for “hardest working”—Alaska and California—win out with only one hardworking city. By contrast, Texas and Virginia together account for half of the cities in the top 20. Here’s the list.

The top 20 hardest-working cities in the U.S.

20. Nashville, Tennessee
19. Garland, Texas
18. Arlington, Texas
17. Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Chesapeake, Virginia
15. Fort Worth, Texas
14. Washington, DC
13. Corpus Christi, Texas
12. Norfolk, Virginia
11. Dallas, Texas
10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
9. Cheyenne, Wyoming
8. Austin, Texas
7. Aurora, Colorado
6. Denver, Colorado
5. Plano, Texas
4. Virginia Beach, Virginia
3. Irving, Texas
2. San Francisco, California
1. Anchorage, Alaska

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Image credit: Header photo courtesy of Raw Pixel.

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