Among the 20 hardest-working cities in the U.S., the most from one state are in Texas. Four Texas cities rank in the top 10 and another two rank in the top 20, according to a new report by the personal finance site, WalletHub.
On WalletHub’s 2020’s Hardest-Working Cities in America, Irving tops the list of 116 cities ranking 5th. Other Texas cities ranking in the top 20 are Corpus Christi (7th), Austin (9th), Plano (10th), Dallas (13th) and Fort Worth (17th).
“All Texas cities have a large share of engaged workers, who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez told The Center Square.
Irving and Corpus Christi residents work long hours, Gonzalez notes, and “Irving in particular has the lowest share of households where no adults work, less than 12 percent.”
Irving has the lowest share of households with no adults working, 11.75 percent, a rate of 3.6 times lower than Detroit’s, which holds the highest percentage in the U.S. of 41.87 percent.
“The most important factor that contributed to Dallas’ and Fort Worth’s ranking was the high number of average workweek hours,” Gonzalez adds.
Austin and Plano also have low shares of households with no adults working, and Austin’s idle youth rate is among the lowest, according to the report.
The report coincides with Employee Appreciation Day, which is recognized on March 6.
The average U.S. employee puts in more hours at their jobs than several other industrialized countries, Adam McCann, financial writer at WalletHub, writes. “The average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year – 106 hours more than the average in Japan, 248 more than the U.K. and 403 more than Germany.”
“Part of the reason that Americans work so much more is that hard work and individual achievement are part of our cultural heritage and is seen as more important and valuable than non-work pursuits,” WalletHub expert Mary Anne Taylor, a Psychology professor at Clemson University, says.
The report compared the 116 largest cities in the U.S. across 11 key metrics ranging from employment rates to average hours worked per week to share of workers with multiple jobs. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the “hardest-working.”
The sample includes at least one city from each of the 50 states and only the city proper, not the surrounding metro area. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Travel Association, among others, was analyzed for the report.
The state with the next highest number of states listed in the top 20 was Virginia with three cities, followed by two in Colorado. The highest-ranking city was Anchorage, Alaska. California has the most cities (4) in the bottom 20.
This article was first published by The Center Square.