The 50 Hardest Working Cities in the U.S.

The locales where citizens really put their noses to the grindstone.

The 50 Hardest Working Cities in the U.S.

The locales where citizens really put their noses to the grindstone.

As anyone who’s worked in a hyper-competitive job environment knows, hard work is truly infectious. But what many workers may not have realized: apparently that hyper-competitiveness can apply to more than just your team.

It applies to your entire city.

There are some places in the U.S. where people are really putting their noses to the grindstone. We know. We’ve compiled all of the relevant data on America’s 200 largest cities, factoring in, among other things, the average hours most workers log, their commute times, and even the amount of time they spend volunteering on their off-hours when they’re not content simply clocking out. So read on, and let the work ethics of your fellow citizens inspire you. And if you find yourself working more than usual, make sure you’re maximizing your space with these 20 Office Essentials. 

To determine these rankings, we analyzed data from the U.S. Census and Corporation for National & Community Service, giving significant weight to the mean usual hours worked per person while taking into consideration the length of commute and how much time locals put into volunteer work in their off-hours.

Pasadena, TX, worst singles scenes, kayak

50
Pasadena, TX

Population: 153,351
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.80
Percent fully employed: 65.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 25.90
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score: 67.10

Bellevue, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

49
Bellevue, WA

Population:  141,400
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.20
Percent fully employed:  67.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 22.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  33.40
Hard Work Score:  67.13

Baltimore, drunkest cities, fattest cities, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

48
Baltimore, MD

Population: 614,664
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.60
Percent fully employed: 64.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  30.50
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 29.50
Hard Work Score: 67.30

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Garland, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

47
Garland, TX

Population: 234,943
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.20
Percent fully employed: 67.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  27.90
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score: 67.37

Orlando, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house

46
Orlando, FL

Population:  277,173
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.60
Percent fully employed: 65.30%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  25.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  34.60
Hard Work Score:  67.40

Phoenix, happiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

45
Phoenix, AZ

Population:  1,615,017
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.80
Percent fully employed: 66.80%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 24.80
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 33.30
Hard Work Score: 67.50

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Glendale, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

44
Glendale, AZ

Population:   245,895
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.20
Percent fully employed: 66.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 27.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 33.7
Hard Work Score: 67.77

Scottsdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

43
Scottsdale, AZ

Population:   246,645
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.20
Percent fully employed: 67.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 21.90
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  33.30
Hard Work Score: 67.77

Killeen, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

42
Killeen, TX

Population: 143,400
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  42.50
Percent fully employed: 69.20%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 21.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score:  67.83

Midland, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

41
Midland, TX

Population: 134,610
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  42.90
Percent fully employed:  71.20%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 18.50
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  28.2
Hard Work Score: 67.90

Lakewood, drunkest cities

40
Lakewood,CO

Population: 154,393
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.40
Percent fully employed: 66.40%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  25.80
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  34.7
Hard Work Score: 67.90

Irving, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

39
Irving, TX

Population: 238,289
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.30
Percent fully employed: 71.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  23.40
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  28.2
Hard Work Score: 67.90

Charlotte, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

38
Charlotte, NC

Population:  842,051
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.50
Percent fully employed: 64.80%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 24.90
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  35.00
Hard Work Score:  67.90


37
Elk Grove, CA

Population: 169,743
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  37.90
Percent fully employed: 65.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 31.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  31.2
Hard Work Score: 67.93

Kansas city, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

36
Kansas City, MO

Population:  481,420
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.90
Percent fully employed: 66.10%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  21.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  38.40
Hard Work Score: 67.97

Chicago, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

35
Chicago, IL

Population: 2,704,958
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.60
Percent fully employed: 64.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 34.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  27.90
Hard Work Score: 67.97

Pembroke Pines, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, longest commutes, commute

34
Pembroke Pines, FL

Population: 168,587
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.70
Percent fully employed: 67.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 30.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.8
Hard Work Score: 68.13

Naperville, longest-living cities, statue, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

33
Naperville, IL 

Population: 147,122
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.80
Percent fully employed: 65.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 33.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 27.90
Hard Work Score: 68.20

Mesquite, Texas, suburb, worst singles scenes

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Mesquite, TX

Population: 143,736
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.40
Percent fully employed:  68.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  29.50
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  28.2
Hard Work Score: 68.33

overland park happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

31
Overland Park, KS

Population: 188,966
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.60
Percent fully employed:  68.30%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 20.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 34.8
Hard Work Score: 68.33

Fort Worth, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

Fort Worth, TX

Population: 854,113
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.80
Percent fully employed: 67.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  26.30
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 31.60
Hard Work Score:  68.40

Grand Prairie, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

29
Grand Prairie, TX

Population: 190,682
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.60
Percent fully employed: 70.90%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  27.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score: 68.47

San Jose, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, flip a house, rent, property

28
San Jose, CA

Population: 1,025,350
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  37.90
Percent fully employed: 64.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 27.50
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 38.00
Hard Work Score: 68.63

Dallas, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

27
Dallas, TX

Population: 1,317,929
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.90
Percent fully employed: 69.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 26.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  31.60
Hard Work Score: 68.80

Newport News, longest-living cities, arch

26
Newport News, VA

Population: 181,825
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.70
Percent fully employed: 63.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  23.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 42.50
Hard Work Score: 68.83

Miramar, palm trees, sunrise, longest-living cities, longest commutes, commute

25
Miramar, FL

Population: 138,449
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.90
Percent fully employed: 69.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 30.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.8
Hard Work Score: 68.93

Hampton, beach, sunset, pier, longest-living cities

24
Hampton, VA

Population:  135,410
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.40
Percent fully employed: 65.60%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  22.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 42.3
Hard Work Score: 68.97

Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

23
Peoria, AZ

Population: 164,173
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.10
Percent fully employed:  68.10%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  27.40
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 33.7
Hard Work Score: 69.13

Plano, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

22
Plano, TX

Population:  286,057
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.50
Percent fully employed: 72.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  26.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score: 69.23

San Francisco, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

21
San Francisco, CA

Population:   870,887
Mean usual hours worked for workers:39.80
Percent fully employed: 65.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  31.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 31.90
Hard Work Score: 69.40

Palmdale, CA, desert, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

20
Palmdale, CA

Population: 157,356
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  37.50
Percent fully employed: 62.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  40.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 31.2
Hard Work Score: 69.63

Lancaster, CA, poppies, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

19
Lancaster, CA

Population:  160,106
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.00
Percent fully employed: 71.60
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  31.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 31.2
Hard Work Score: 69.97

San Diego, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, flip a house, rent, property

18
San Diego, CA

Population:   1,406,630
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.30
Percent fully employed: 64.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  23.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 46.50
Hard Work Score: 70.10

Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

17
Fremont, CA

Population:  233,136
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.30
Percent fully employed: 70.30%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 32.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  31.90
Hard Work Score: 70.27

Corona, CA, beach, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

16
Corona, CA

Population:   166,785
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.10
Percent fully employed: 67.80%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  35.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  31.2
Hard Work Score:  70.30


15
Sunnyvale, CA

Population:   152,771
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.60
Percent fully employed: 70.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  23.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  38.00
Hard Work Score: 70.50

McKinney, suburban homes, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, longest commutes, commute

14
McKinney, TX

Population: 172,298
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.5
Percent fully employed: 73.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 29.10
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 28.2
Hard Work Score: 70.67

Yonkers, happiest cities, longest commutes, commute

13
Yonkers, NY

Population: 200,807
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.40
Percent fully employed: 67.20%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  33.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 35.3
Hard Work Score: 70.83


12
Thornton, CO

Population:   136,703
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.9
Percent fully employed:  68.40%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  29.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 34.7
Hard Work Score: 70.87

Arlington, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, rent, property

11
Arlington, TX

Population:  392,772
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.20
Percent fully employed: 66.90%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  26.60
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  41.30
Hard Work Score: 71.07

Frisco, circus, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, longest commutes, commute

10
Frisco, TX

Population:  163,656
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  41.20
Percent fully employed:   73.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  29.40
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  28.2
Hard Work Score: 71.23

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, house flip, rent, property

9
Virginia Beach, VA

Population:   452,602
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.20
Percent fully employed: 69.40%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 23.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  42.50
Hard Work Score:  71.83

Jersey City, happiest cities, longest commutes

8
Jersey City, NJ

Population: 264,152
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.40
Percent fully employed: 70.30%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 36.20
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 30.5
Hard Work Score: 71.93

Chesapeake, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

7
Chesapeake, V

Population:   237,940
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.20
Percent fully employed:  70.20%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  25.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 42.3
Hard Work Score:  71.97

Salt Lake City, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

6
Salt Lake Cit, UT

Population:193,744
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  37.40
Percent fully employed:  60.40%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  19.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 62.60
Hard Work Score: 72.50


5
Washington DC

Population:  681,170
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  40.00
Percent fully employed:  67.70%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):   29.70
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  41.30
Hard Work Score:  72.90


4
New York,NY

Population:   8,537,673
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.10
Percent fully employed: 67.10%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  39.90
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 35.00
Hard Work Score:  73.40

Alexandria, pier, longest-living cities, longest commutes, commute

3
Alexandria, VA

Population: 155,810
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  41.10
Percent fully employed:  76.00%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 30.80
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  41.3
Hard Work Score: 76.77

Norfolk, longest-living cities, wharf, boats

2
Norfolk, VA

Population:  245,115
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  39.70
Percent fully employed:  67.50%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): 42.50
Volunteer Hours Per Resident: 42.3
Hard Work Score: 77.23

West Valley City, UT, worst singles scenes

1
West Valley City, UT

Population: 136,574
Mean usual hours worked for workers:  38.20
Percent fully employed:  65.30%
Mean travel time to work (minutes):  22.00
Volunteer Hours Per Resident:  80.8
Hard Work Score: 81.50

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