The Award for Hardest Working City
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Many of us sure love to brag about the number of hours we pour into a work week.

Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails, according to a new Gallup poll.

In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours.

What is a little surprising, at least to this New Yorker, are the cities where people are putting in the longest hours. SpareFoot, an Austin-based self-storage marketplace, plowed through numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau to find the places with the hardest-working Americans.

SpareFoot analyzed factors including the number of hours worked–plus commuting time-the percent of the population that worked between 40 and 52 weeks a year, the average total hours worked per week, the percentage of families where all parents worked, the number of residents that hold multiple jobs, and the number of people who work part-time for economic reasons, in each of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

The 12 Hardest Working Metro Areas:

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Madison, WI
  • Omaha, NE
  • DesMoines, IA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Hartford, CT
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Wichita, KS
  • Boston, MA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Columbus, OH

About the Author

Susan Price has been writing about careers, entrepreneurs and personal finance for more than a decade. She’s been an editor at BusinessWeek, Money, and, among others.