2021’s Hardest-Working Cities in America – WalletHub Study


With March 6 being Employee Appreciation Day and the length of the average work day increasing by over 40 minutes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Hardest-Working Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos.

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, AK11. Plano, TX
2. Cheyenne, WY12. Chesapeake, VA
3. Virginia Beach, VA13. Dallas, TX
4. Washington, DC14. Sioux Falls, SD
5. Irving, TX15. Aurora, CO
6. San Francisco, CA16. Fort Worth, TX
7. Austin, TX17. Salt Lake City, UT
8. Norfolk, VA18. Garland, TX
9. Corpus Christi, TX19. Billings, MT
10. Denver, CO20. 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, 6.60 percent, which is 3.2 times lower than in Bakersfield, California, the city with the highest at 20.80 percent.


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