Boston, MA– Part of Boston's illustrious history is its working-class roots. Immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Eastern Europe and more uprooted their lives to come here and work long hours in difficult jobs, all to give their children a chance at a better life. A better education, a better job, a better home.
Thus, it may come as a surprise to hear that maybe Boston doesn't work as hard as it used to. According to a new study by WalletHub, Boston actually ranks #46 in the "hardest-working cities" in America.
#1? Anchorage, Alaska. Last place? #116, Detroit, Michigan.
What about New York City & Washington D.C., the financial and political capitals of our country? NYC comes in at a lowly #73. Yet DC beats both New York and Boston at #14.
Okay, I'm officially confused. If you asked random Americans on the street, I don't think Anchorage would have been in the top 50 of anyone's list. And how is NYC, notoriously cut-throat and filled with finance folks who put in 80-hour weeks, not even in the top 50? What are the parameters for determining "hard-working"???
So, WalletHub divided scores out of 100 (100 being the hardest working) into two categories: Direct Work Factors and Indirect Work Factors.
Direct Work Factors account for 80 points of the overall score and is divided into sections:
- Average workweek hours: 36 pts
- Employment rate: 12 pts
- Share of households where no adults work: 12 pts
- Share of workers leaving vacation time unused: 6 pts
- Share of engaged workers: 6 pts (engaged in their work, not to a partner).
- Youth not in school and/or not working (16-24): 6pts
Indirect Work Factors are split into four sections:
- Average commute time: 5pts
- Share of workers with multiple jobs: 5pts
- Annual volunteer hours per resident: 5pts
- Average leisure time per day: 5pts
If you rank Boston only based on Indirect Work Factors, we actually come in at a respectable 15th place. Yet Bridgeport, Connecticut, normally ranked 109, would come in 12th place. That's quite a jump. It's unclear why we leap ahead in the rankings if we look solely at indirect factors. Perhaps many Bostonians have multiple jobs. Perhaps we have awful commutes (yeah, that's probably it).
It's entirely possible that you disagree with the metrics used here. Or the weight they give each metric. Or you might wonder where they got their data. (WalletHub states: "Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Travel Association, Gallup, Social Science Research Council and Corporation for National & Community Service.")
If there's one key takeaway from this study that matters, it's that we work harder than New York. Happy Tuesday!
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