2020’s Hardest-Working Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With March 6 being Employee Appreciation Day and Americans outworking many of their foreign peers by hundreds of extra hours per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Hardest-Working Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 116 largest cities across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from employment rate to average hours worked per week to share of workers with multiple jobs.

Top 20 Hardest-Working Cities in America
1. Anchorage, AK 11. Denver, CO
2. San Francisco, CA 12. Aurora, CO
3. Virginia Beach, VA 13. Dallas, TX
4. Cheyenne, WY 14. Chesapeake, VA
5. Irving, TX 15. Portland, ME
6. Norfolk, VA 16. Nashville, TN
7. Corpus Christi, TX 17. Fort Worth, TX
8. Washington, DC 18. Honolulu, HI
9. Austin, TX 19. Billings, MT
10. Plano, TX 20. Sioux Falls, SD

Key Stats

  • Irving, Texas, has the lowest share of households where no adults work, 11.75 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 41.87 percent.
  • New York City has the longest average commute time, 41.20 minutes, which is 2.9 times longer than in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the city with the shortest at 14.40 minutes.
  • Baltimore contributes the most annual volunteer hours per resident, 45.22, which is 5.5 times more than in Jacksonville, Florida, the city that contributes the fewest at 8.20.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, and St. Paul, Minnesota, both have the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, 5.90 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California, the cities with the highest at 18.00 percent.

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