DC Surpasses NY: Crowned America’s Hardest-Working City!

DC Surpasses NY: Crowned America's Hardest-Working City!

Washington, DC has clinched the title of America’s hardest-working city, leaving New York trailing far behind in 99th place, according to a recent study by WalletHub. Even cities like Jersey City and Columbus, Ohio, surpassed the Big Apple in the rankings. The study’s findings have sparked mixed reactions among New Yorkers, with some expressing surprise at the city’s low placement.

The study, which evaluated 116 highly-populated cities, identified Washington, DC as the top performer with a total score of 76.97, contrasting starkly with New York’s score of 53.70. The nation’s capital secured its lead thanks to factors such as the high percentage of workers who leave vacation time unused, which stood at 64%.

Factors contributing to a city’s ranking were classified into ‘Direct Work Factors’ and ‘Indirect Work Factors.’ Direct factors included metrics like average weekly working hours, employment rates, and household composition. Indirect indicators encompassed considerations such as multiple job holding and average commute times.

Notably, the study highlighted Washington, DC for having one of the highest weekly working hours averages in the country, albeit without specifying the exact number of hours. In comparison, the average American clocks in around 35 hours per week. The District of Columbia residents also endure lengthy commutes, with a significant portion facing travel times exceeding 30 minutes.

On the contrary, despite New York’s reputation for hustle and bustle, the study revealed a less flattering reality. With a mere score of 53.70, New York’s hard-working residents landed far down the list due to factors like extended commute times. Census data unveiled that the average commute time in the city surpassed 60 minutes, affecting 15.5% of travelers.

Moreover, specific cities like Irving, Texas seized prominent spots on the list due to unique factors. Irving’s low share of households with no working adults, amounting to just 11%, secured its position near the top of the rankings.

In response to the study, some New Yorkers, like NYU professor Zhana Vrangalova, contested the findings, asserting that New Yorkers work diligently to maintain their livelihood amidst the city’s high cost of living. Others, like Johnny Garcia, a Bronx resident, attributed New York’s lower ranking to what he perceives as excessive state assistance, suggesting it fosters a culture of laziness.

Despite varied opinions, the study sheds light on the diverse work cultures across American cities. The Post has reached out to WalletHub for further insights and commentary on their research methodology.


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