2022’s Hardest-Working Cities in America – WalletHub Study

Staff Report

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

With March 4 being Employee Appreciation Day and Americans working an average of 1,767 hours per year, much more than people in many other industrialized countries, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Hardest-Working Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 116 largest cities across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from employment rate to average hours worked per week to share of workers with multiple jobs.

Top 20 Hardest-Working Cities in America

1. Anchorage, AK

11. Chesapeake, VA

2. Washington, DC

12. Sioux Falls, SD

3. Virginia Beach, VA

13. Corpus Christi, TX

4. San Francisco, CA

14. Omaha, NE

5. Irving, TX

15. Salt Lake City, UT

6. Cheyenne, WY

16. Fort Worth, TX

7. Norfolk, VA

17. Denver, CO

8. Austin, TX

18. Nashville, TN

9. Plano, TX

19. Chandler, AZ

10. Dallas, TX

20. Arlington, TX 

Key Stats 

  • Irving, Texas, has the lowest share of households where no adults work, 11.18 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 40.79 percent.

  • New York City has the longest average commute time, 41.50 minutes, which is 2.9 times longer than in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the city with the shortest at 14.30 minutes. 

  • Baltimore contributes the most annual volunteer hours per resident, 45.16, which is 5.6 times more than in Jacksonville, Florida, the city that contributes the fewest at 8.05. 

  • Boston has the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, 6.00 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the highest at 16.60 percent. 

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