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This city has the hardest working people in the United States

Americans are hard workers, especially compared to the rest of the world.  This is not a surprise. They put in more hours than workers in Germany, Japan, Canada and the U.K., according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But which cities in the U.S. have people working harder than others?

In order to determine which people can brag about being the busiest, WalletHub compared the 116 largest cities across nine key metrics including employment rate, average weekly work hours, and share of workers with multiple jobs. So what was the verdict?


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If you live in a city on the West Coast or the East Coast there is a good chance you are putting more hours in than your mid-Western counterparts. The top five cities were San Francisco; Fremont, Calif; Jersey City, N.J.; Washington, DC and New York, while Columbia, S.C. finished dead last at 116th. To see the full report go here.

New Yorkers have long hours, Alaskans long commutes

Not surprisingly New Yorkers work the longest hours per week at 40.3, which is 2.8 times longer than in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which had the shortest at 14.6.

People who live in Anchorage, Alaska have to deal with a very long commute time — 41 minutes on average, or one and a half times longer than workers in Burlington, Vt., who have the shortest commute at 33.5 minutes.

The work ethic is starting early with the teens of Omaha, Neb., as this city had the lowest share of idle youth (16-24 years old) at 7.1%, which is 2.6 times lower than Bakersfield, Calif. which had the highest at 18.7%.

Clearly, there are some very hard working people in certain cities, but is this something to boast about? In our culture of “busy-ness syndrome,” working long hours doesn’t always mean you are the most productive. Some research shows that anything over 40 hours per week leads to less productivity and a whole lot of fatigue. And if workers with multiple jobs are also contributing to these harder working cities just to make ends meet, that is also not the best news.

Here are the top 20 hardest working cities:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Fremont, CA
  3. Jersey City, NJ
  4. Washington, DC
  5. New York, NY
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Aurora, CO
  9. Newark, NJ
  10. Chicago, IL
  11. San Jose, CA
  12. Los Angeles, CA
  13. Garland, TX
  14. Philadelphia, PA
  15. Baltimore, MD
  16. Long Beach, CA
  17. Plano, TX
  18. Arlington, TX
  19. Denver, CO
  20. Fort Worth, TX

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