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Top 20 Most (And Least) Hardworking Cities In America For 2020, Ranked

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Turns out, Anchorage, AK is the most hardest-working city in the United States for 2020. San Francisco ranks 2nd out of 116 cities, followed by Virginia Beach, VA; Cheyenne, WY; and Irving, TX. Norfolk, VA ranked as the 6th hardest-working city in America.

The bottom five cities were Detroit, MI; Burlington, VT; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; and Bridgeport, CT.

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. 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 Most Hardworking Cities in America For 2020

  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Virginia Beach, VA
  4. Cheyenne, WY
  5. Irving, TX
  6. Norfolk, VA
  7. Corpus Christi, TX
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Austin, TX
  10. Plano, TX
  11. Denver, CO
  12. Aurora, CO
  13. Dallas, TX
  14. Chesapeake, VA
  15. Portland, ME
  16. Nashville, TN
  17. Fort Worth, TX
  18. Honolulu, HI
  19. Billings, MT
  20. Sioux Falls, SD

Top 20 Least Hardworking Cities in America For 2020

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Burlington, VT
  3. Buffalo, NY
  4. Cleveland, OH
  5. Bridgeport, CT
  6. Providence, RI
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. Fresno, CA
  9. San Bernardino, CA
  10. Columbia, SC
  11. Toledo, OH
  12. Tucson, AZ
  13. Stockton, CA
  14. Pittsburgh, PA
  15. Hialeah, FL
  16. Albuquerque, NM
  17. Baton Rouge, LA
  18. Cincinnati, OH
  19. Riverside, CA
  20. Birmingham, AL

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