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The 50 hardest working cities in America

  • Chad McDonald // Flickr
    1/ Chad McDonald // Flickr

    The 50 hardest working cities in America

    All work and no play probably means Jack lives in San Francisco … or Jersey City. Or Washington, D.C. At least, that’s what someone who lives in one of those cities is liable to believe. While the majority of Americans reported that hard work and resiliency are the most important factors for success in 2016, a poll taken in 2017 revealed that 74% of Americans believe lack of opportunities, not hard work, contribute to income inequality.

    How is hard work defined, and where can it be found? Stacker used data from WalletHub to put together a list of cities with the hardest working residents. WalletHub calculated a “Total Score” to measure how hardworking a city is by taking into account both direct work factors like average hours worked per week and employment rate (weighted 80%) and indirect work factors such as commute time and average volunteer hours amongst residents (weighted 20%). More on that methodology can be found here.

     It should be noted that WalletHub looked only at the most populated cities when compiling this data; as such, there are many smaller metro areas likely deserving on a place on this list. Read on to find out if San Franciscans are as hardworking as they claim.

  • Spigidbe83 // Wikicommons
    2/ Spigidbe83 // Wikicommons

    #50. Jacksonville, FL

    Hard-working index: 52.18
    Direct' work factors rank: #46
    Indirect' work factors rank: #93


     

  • Amerique // Wikicommons
    3/ Amerique // Wikicommons

    #49. San Bernardino, CA

    Hard-working index: 52.57
    Direct' work factors rank: #44
    Indirect' work factors rank: #81


     

  • Ixnayonthetimmay // Wikicommons
    4/ Ixnayonthetimmay // Wikicommons

    #48. Mesa, AZ

    Hard-working index: 52.70
    Direct' work factors rank: #54
    Indirect' work factors rank: #52


     

  • GoodFreePhotos
    5/ GoodFreePhotos

    #47. Orlando, FL

    Hard-working index: 52.88
    Direct' work factors rank: #41
    Indirect' work factors rank: #97


     

  • Jerry Ferguson // Flickr
    6/ Jerry Ferguson // Flickr

    #46. Phoenix, AZ

    Hard-working index: 53.52
    Direct' work factors rank: #52
    Indirect' work factors rank: #39


     

  • Chad McDonald // Flickr
    7/ Chad McDonald // Flickr

    #45. San Diego, CA

    Hard-working index: 53.74
    Direct' work factors rank: #57
    Indirect' work factors rank: #16


     

  • Charlie Nguyen // Wikicommons
    8/ Charlie Nguyen // Wikicommons

    #44. Santa Ana, CA

    Hard-working index: 53.97
    Direct' work factors rank: #34
    Indirect' work factors rank: #106


     

  • SchuminWeb // Wikicommons
    9/ SchuminWeb // Wikicommons

    #43. Virginia Beach, VA

    Hard-working index: 54.26
    Direct' work factors rank: #49
    Indirect' work factors rank: #24


     

  • Pixabay
    10/ Pixabay

    #42. Honolulu, HI

    Hard-working index: 54.26
    Direct' work factors rank: #37
    Indirect' work factors rank: #80


     

  • James Willamor // Wikicommons
    11/ James Willamor // Wikicommons

    #41. Miami, FL

    Hard-working index: 54.55
    Direct' work factors rank: #31
    Indirect' work factors rank: #107


     

  • Doug Kerr // Wikicommons
    12/ Doug Kerr // Wikicommons

    #40. Minneapolis, MN

    Hard-working index: 55.24
    Direct' work factors rank: #47
    Indirect' work factors rank: #15


     

  • John O'Neill // Wikicommons
    13/ John O'Neill // Wikicommons

    #39. St. Petersburg, FL

    Hard-working index: 55.68
    Direct' work factors rank: #39
    Indirect' work factors rank: #46


     

  • Tampa Gator // Wikicommons
    14/ Tampa Gator // Wikicommons

    #38. Tampa, FL

    Hard-working index: 55.78
    Direct' work factors rank: #40
    Indirect' work factors rank: #40


     

  • Wikipedia
    15/ Wikipedia

    #37. St. Paul, MN

    Hard-working index: 55.80
    Direct' work factors rank: #42
    Indirect' work factors rank: #18


     

  • John Phelan // Wikicommons
    16/ John Phelan // Wikicommons

    #36. Manchester, NH

    Hard-working index: 55.95
    Direct' work factors rank: #45
    Indirect' work factors rank: #14


     

  • GoodFreePhotos
    17/ GoodFreePhotos

    #35. San Antonio, TX

    Hard-working index: 56.07
    Direct' work factors rank: #36
    Indirect' work factors rank: #61


     

  • La Citta Vita // WIkicommons
    18/ La Citta Vita // WIkicommons

    #34. Irving, TX

    Hard-working index: 56.67
    Direct' work factors rank: #38
    Indirect' work factors rank: #20


     

  • eflon // Wikicommons
    19/ eflon // Wikicommons

    #33. Houston, TX

    Hard-working index: 57.08
    Direct' work factors rank: #28
    Indirect' work factors rank: #86


     

  • Kenneth Hagemeyer // Flickr
    20/ Kenneth Hagemeyer // Flickr

    #32. Glendale, AZ

    Hard-working index: 57.36
    Direct' work factors rank: #35
    Indirect' work factors rank: #47


     

  • Derrick Brutel // Flickr
    21/ Derrick Brutel // Flickr

    #31. Nashville, TN

    Hard-working index: 57.44
    Direct' work factors rank: #29
    Indirect' work factors rank: #73


     

  • Branden Pinney // Wikicommons
    22/ Branden Pinney // Wikicommons

    #30. Irvine, CA

    Hard-working index: 57.85
    Direct' work factors rank: #23
    Indirect' work factors rank: #94


     

  • Stuart Seeger // Wikicommons
    23/ Stuart Seeger // Wikicommons

    #29. Portland, OR

    Hard-working index: 58.05
    Direct' work factors rank: #33
    Indirect' work factors rank: #42


     

  • Wikipedia
    24/ Wikipedia

    #28. Chesapeake, VA

    Hard-working index: 58.32
    Direct' work factors rank: #32
    Indirect' work factors rank: #53


     

  • Max Pixel
    25/ Max Pixel

    #27. Seattle, WA

    Hard-working index: 59.00
    Direct' work factors rank: #30
    Indirect' work factors rank: #41


     

  • Ed Schipul // Wikicommons
    26/ Ed Schipul // Wikicommons

    #26. Austin, TX

    Hard-working index: 59.63
    Direct' work factors rank: #26
    Indirect' work factors rank: #56


     

  • Roman Eugeniusz // Wikicommons
    27/ Roman Eugeniusz // Wikicommons

    #25. Chula Vista, CA

    Hard-working index: 60.34
    Direct' work factors rank: #27
    Indirect' work factors rank: #22


     

  • Argon233 // Wikicommons
    28/ Argon233 // Wikicommons

    #24. Gilbert, AZ

    Hard-working index: 60.36
    Direct' work factors rank: #25
    Indirect' work factors rank: #29


     

  • Max Pixel
    29/ Max Pixel

    #23. Dallas, TX

    Hard-working index: 60.82
    Direct' work factors rank: #24
    Indirect' work factors rank: #28


     

  • Basil D Soufi // Wikicommons
    30/ Basil D Soufi // Wikicommons

    #22. Riverside, CA

    Hard-working index: 60.90
    Direct' work factors rank: #18
    Indirect' work factors rank: #78


     

  • HarshLight // Wikicommons
    31/ HarshLight // Wikicommons

    #21. Anaheim, CA

    Hard-working index: 61.19
    Direct' work factors rank: #16
    Indirect' work factors rank: #105


     

  • Mark Fisher // Wikicommons
    32/ Mark Fisher // Wikicommons

    #20. Fort Worth, TX

    Hard-working index: 61.43
    Direct' work factors rank: #20
    Indirect' work factors rank: #34


     

  • Zenhaus // Wikicommons
    33/ Zenhaus // Wikicommons

    #19. Denver, CO

    Hard-working index: 61.44
    Direct' work factors rank: #22
    Indirect' work factors rank: #19


     

  • Veronidae // Wikicommons
    34/ Veronidae // Wikicommons

    #18. Arlington, TX

    Hard-working index: 61.54
    Direct' work factors rank: #19
    Indirect' work factors rank: #43


     

  • Loadmaster // Wikicommons
    35/ Loadmaster // Wikicommons

    #17. Plano, TX

    Hard-working index: 61.68
    Direct' work factors rank: #21
    Indirect' work factors rank: #20


     

  • Don Ramey Logan // Wikicommons
    36/ Don Ramey Logan // Wikicommons

    #16. Long Beach, CA

    Hard-working index: 63.46
    Direct' work factors rank: #10
    Indirect' work factors rank: #101


     

  • Mbell1975 // Wikicommons
    37/ Mbell1975 // Wikicommons

    #15. Baltimore, MD

    Hard-working index: 63.71
    Direct' work factors rank: #17
    Indirect' work factors rank: #59


     

  • Adam Jones // Wikicommons
    38/ Adam Jones // Wikicommons

    #14. Philadelphia, PA

    Hard-working index: 64.32
    Direct' work factors rank: #15
    Indirect' work factors rank: #50


     

  • Rcolborn // Wikicommons
    39/ Rcolborn // Wikicommons

    #13. Garland, TX

    Hard-working index: 64.94
    Direct' work factors rank: #14
    Indirect' work factors rank: #45


     

  • Pixabay
    40/ Pixabay

    #12. Los Angeles, CA

    Hard-working index: 64.99
    Direct' work factors rank: #8
    Indirect' work factors rank: #104


     

  • Tim Wilson from Blaine, MN, USA // Wikicommons
    41/ Tim Wilson from Blaine, MN, USA // Wikicommons

    #11. San Jose, CA

    Hard-working index: 65.13
    Direct' work factors rank: #13
    Indirect' work factors rank: #48


     

  • Pixabay
    42/ Pixabay

    #10. Chicago, IL

    Hard-working index: 65.20
    Direct' work factors rank: #12
    Indirect' work factors rank: #65


     

  • Tysto // Wikicommons
    43/ Tysto // Wikicommons

    #9. Newark, NJ

    Hard-working index: 67.02
    Direct' work factors rank: #11
    Indirect' work factors rank: #23


     

  • Ken Lund // Wikicommons
    44/ Ken Lund // Wikicommons

    #8. Aurora, CO

    Hard-working index: 68.56
    Direct' work factors rank: #9
    Indirect' work factors rank: #32


     

  • Pixabay
    45/ Pixabay

    #7. Boston, MA

    Hard-working index: 68.64
    Direct' work factors rank: #6
    Indirect' work factors rank: #74


     

  • Robert Campbell // WIkicommons
    46/ Robert Campbell // WIkicommons

    #6. Oakland, CA

    Hard-working index: 70.56
    Direct' work factors rank: #4
    Indirect' work factors rank: #68


     

  • Max Pixel
    47/ Max Pixel

    #5. New York, NY

    Hard-working index: 71.88
    Direct' work factors rank: #5
    Indirect' work factors rank: #35


     

  • USCapitol // Flickr
    48/ USCapitol // Flickr

    #4. Washington, DC

    Hard-working index: 74.06
    Direct' work factors rank: #7
    Indirect' work factors rank: #2


     

  • David Jones // Wikicommons
    49/ David Jones // Wikicommons

    #3. Jersey City, NJ

    Hard-working index: 74.14
    Direct' work factors rank: #3
    Indirect' work factors rank: #11


     

  • Oleg Alexandrov // WIkicommons
    50/ Oleg Alexandrov // WIkicommons

    #2. Fremont, CA

    Hard-working index: 78.28
    Direct' work factors rank: #1
    Indirect' work factors rank: #55


     

  • GoodFreePhotos
    51/ GoodFreePhotos

    #1. San Francisco, CA

    Hard-working index: 78.52
    Direct' work factors rank: #2
    Indirect' work factors rank: #31


     

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