WalletHub has conducted a study to determine the hardest working cities in the U.S. Did yours make the list?
WalletHub's analysts compared the 116 largest cities across six key metrics. Their data set ranged from "labor-force participation rate" to "average weekly work hours" to "share of workers with multiple jobs."
Anchorage, Alaska came in at #1 on the list with a score of 90/100. Virginia Beach, Virginia; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. also cracked the top ten. Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Burlington, Vermont were at the bottom of the list of the 116 cities studied.
You can read more about their methodology when you view the full report here: 2017's Hardest-Working Cities in America.
Some interesting takeaways
- Folks working in Cheyenne, Wyoming have the shortest commute time at just under 14 minutes, while New Yorkers clock about 40 minutes on their way to the office.
- William E. Spriggs, Howard University Economics Professor, has this to say about America's working hours: "Compared to other OECD countries, American wages rank among the lowest. So to earn comparable incomes, Americans must work longer hours than most Europeans."
- All experts weighing in on the study agreed that there is ideal "magic number" of hours to work per week. What is key is knowing your own mind, body clock, preferences, and intentions. Above all else, balancing work and life is the key to productivity.