The Hardest Working City in America Is Going to Shock You

It beat out New York, San Francisco and seven cities in Texas

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By Kirk Miller / August 2, 2019 11:24 am

Turns out Congress might be working hard.

Kempler Industries, a buyer and seller of used machinery based in Illinois, analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau from nearly 200 cities across the U.S. with a population of 150,000 or more, ranking each city based on a work criteria of average commute time, workweek hours, percentage of workforce aged 16-64, percentage of senior workforce and percentage of unused vacation days.

The hardest workers in America are, surprisingly, in Washington D.C., which didn’t top any of the individual categories but did average out highest overall (guess golf counts as a work outing … heyo!). New York, not surprisingly, had the longest commute time and most workweek hours on average. And seven of the top hard-working cities were based in Texas, and all of those cities had at least 20% or more of their senior population still in the workplace. (The other top 10 city was San Francisco).

These are not necessarily positive metrics. We need to be taking our vacation days, for both our own happiness and to help the economy. Better infrastructure, fair housing prices and improved public transportation (plus telecommuting options) could decrease commuting time. And unless it’s by choice, we’re not so sure having a record-setting elderly workforce is a sign of a well-run social safety net.

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