These are the hardest working cities in the U.S.

Do you know what Americans are really bad at? Taking vacation.

In 2019 768 million vacation days went to waste, according to new research by the US Travel Association. 

This means a whole 236 million days were not used entirely, according to the research, which resulted in $65.6 billion lost benefits.

This isn’t surprising as a new survey conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Vision Council, finds that almost half of Americans—48%—consider themselves workaholics. It also found that the average employed American also works four hours a week for free, and on top of that, they spend four hours a week just thinking about work when they aren’t working. Over half (53%) actually admitted that they were currently stressed about work while taking the survey.

If you are worried you may be a workaholic here are some of the warning signs according to the OnePoll survey:

    • Prioritizing work before my personal life (54%)
    • Worrying about work on a day off (51%)
    • Struggling to switch off or actually working while on a vacation (50%)
    • Checking emails in the middle of the night (48%)
    • Being the first person to get to work and last to leave (46%)
    • Feeling pressured or too busy to to take annual leave (46%)
    • Working through lunch (45%)
    • Feeling anxious or lost if you don’t know what’s happening at work and can’t check in (45%)
    • Being told by friends/family I work too much (44%)
    • Checking emails first thing in the morning (39%)

But is there a difference between workaholism and just working hard? Ehh the line is probably pretty blurry. The average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year – 106 hours more than the average in Japan, 248 more than the U.K. and 403 more than Germany. 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 11 key metrics including employment rate, average weekly work hours, and share of workers with multiple jobs. So what was the verdict?

The Top 10 hardest-working cities, according to the study:

1. Anchorage, AK
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Virginia Beach, VA
4. Cheyenne, WY
5. Irving, TX
6. Norfolk, VA
7. Corpus Christi, TX
8. Washington, DC
9. Austin, TX
10. Plano, TX

The 10 least-hard working states are:

1. Columbia, SC
2. San Bernadino, CA
3. Fresno, CA
4. Newark, NJ
5. Providence, RI
6. Bridgeport, CT
7. Cleveland, OH
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Burlington, VT
10. Detroit, MI


It’s not surprising that some major cities including San Francisco, Washington and Austin made the cut but then some smaller cities like Cheyenne, Wyoming have some very hard workers it seems. To see the full list from Wallethub go here. 

Also being a workaholic isn’t necessarily a good thing though many people look at it as a point of pride. Plus, you literally lose money when you do not take paid time off. According to a report from Oxford Economics if you add up all the unused PTO (the average being 16 out of 20.9 vacation days) this comes to a total of $52.4 billion in lost benefits. And let’s not forget that work-related stress costs U.S. companies as much as $300 billion each year in productivity loss.