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Places where people work the shortest hours

  • Places where people work the shortest hours

    Whether people whistle while they work or work from home, it’s safe to say that less work is better for just about everyone. In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes speculated that the American workweek would drop all the way down to just 15 hours as the economy kept progressing. Obviously that didn’t turn out to be the case, but Americans are certainly working less than they did 100 years ago. The current American average is now working slightly more than 34 hours a week. In countries like Germany and Denmark, the average workweek is significantly lower at well under 30 hours.

    To get on the less-work train, take a look at this list of places where people work the shortest hours. It was created using figures from the American Community Survey conducted during the 2017 Census. Nearly 500 areas were examined, both metro and micro, and the 50 areas with the shortest weekly work hours were ranked according to their average hours worked per week with additional data points included for context.

    Read on to see which Kansas metro area works as little as France at 35 hours per week and which New York college town nearly found its way to the #1 spot on the list.

    ALSO: Places where people work the longest hours

  • #45. Prescott, AZ — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 38.7; female: 34.9)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -6.2%; female: -3.72%)

    Median yearly income: $50,041

    Median monthly housing costs: $915

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; retail trade; arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services

  • #45. Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY — micro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 39.6; female: 33.9)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -3.79%; female: -6.78%)

    Median yearly income: $46,079

    Median monthly housing costs: $667

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; manufacturing; retail trade

     

  • #45. Indiana, PA — micro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 40.7; female: 33)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -0.98%; female: -9.7%)

    Median yearly income: $46,237

    Median monthly housing costs: $673

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; retail trade; arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services

     

  • #45. Greenfield Town, MA — micro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 39.4; female: 34.3)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -4.31%; female: -5.54%)

    Median yearly income: $58,824

    Median monthly housing costs: $1,222

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; manufacturing; retail trade

     

  • #45. Bloomington, IL — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 39.5; female: 34.3)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -4.05%; female: -5.54%)

    Median yearly income: $65,936

    Median monthly housing costs: $991

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; finance and insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing; retail trade

     

  • #45. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.9 (male: 39; female: 34.7)

    Percent below national average: -5.15% (male: -5.38%; female: -4.32%)

    Median yearly income: $61,777

    Median monthly housing costs: $1,501

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services; retail trade

     

  • #42. Las Cruces, NM — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.8 (male: 38.9; female: 34.6)

    Percent below national average: -5.43% (male: -5.66%; female: -4.62%)

    Median yearly income: $37,144

    Median monthly housing costs: $664

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services; retail trade

     

  • #42. Elmira, NY — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.8 (male: 39.1; female: 34.4)

    Percent below national average: -5.43% (male: -5.12%; female: -5.23%)

    Median yearly income: $51,194

    Median monthly housing costs: $819

    Top industries: Data not available

     

  • #42. Aberdeen, WA — micro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.8 (male: 38.6; female: 34.7)

    Percent below national average: -5.43% (male: -6.48%; female: -4.32%)

    Median yearly income: $47,445

    Median monthly housing costs: $914

    Top industries: Data not available

     

  • #40. Pittsfield, MA — metro area (tie)

    Average hours worked per week: 36.7 (male: 39.9; female: 33.7)

    Percent below national average: -5.72% (male: -3.01%; female: -7.42%)

    Median yearly income: $57,054

    Median monthly housing costs: $1,090

    Top industries: educational services, and health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services; retail trade

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