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Blog: Philly Ranks #31 For Hours Worked

(An elderly worker at a fast food restaurant.  AP photo)

(An elderly worker at a fast food restaurant. AP photo)

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By Jim Donovan: Think that you work hard for your money? Well according to data gathered by Locality.com for one million businesses nationwide, Philadelphia was ranked the #31 hardest working city in the U.S.

To calculate this ranking for more than 50 American cities, Locality.com analyzed the average number of hours that local businesses work each week — with an emphasis on service-oriented businesses like dry cleaners and hair salons.

Here are the complete U.S. rankings (with the averaged weekly hours worked in parentheses):

TOP 50 HARDEST WORKING U.S. CITIES

1. NEW YORK (65.91 hours)
2. LAS VEGAS (64.61 hours)
3. BOSTON (63.49 hours)
4. LOS ANGELES (62.85 hours)
5. SAN JOSE (62.59 hours)
6. PHOENIX (62.35 hours)
7. CHICAGO (61.54 hours)
8. INDIANAPOLIS (61.47 hours)
9. MINNEAPOLIS (61.20 hours)
10. OMAHA (61.00 hours)
11. RALEIGH (61.00 hours)
12. CHARLOTTE (60.87 hours)
13. MESA (60.83 hours)
14. SAN DIEGO (60.83 hours)
15. LONG BEACH (60.72 hours)
16. ATLANTA (60.70 hours)
17. MILWAUKEE (60.66 hours)
18. HOUSTON (60.59 hours)
19. FRESNO (60.52 hours)
20. SACRAMENTO (60.29 hours)
21. COLUMBUS (60.04 hours)
22. VIRGINIA BEACH (59.77 hours)
23. MIAMI (59.62 hours)
24. KANSAS CITY (59.53 hours)
25. DENVER (59.4 hours)
26. EL PASO (59.47 hours)
27. SAN ANTONIO (59.43 hours)
28. WASHINGTON (59.21 hours)
29. DALLAS (59.20 hours)
30. BALTIMORE (59.07 hours)
31. PHILADELPHIA (59.04 hours)
32. JACKSONVILLE (59.01 hours)
33. AUSTIN (58.96 hours)
34. SEATTLE (58.91 hours)
35. COLORADO SPRINGS (58.39 hours)
36. OKLAHOMA CITY (58.34 hours)
37. MEMPHIS (58.33 hours)
38. PORTLAND (58.32 hours)
39. WICHITA (58.22 hours)
40. TUCSON (58.17 hours)
41. SAN FRANCISCO (57.79 hours)
42. NASHVILLE (57.58 hours)
43. FORT WORTH (57.58 hours)
44. ARLINGTON (57.17 hours)
45. OAKLAND (57.16 hours)
46. LOUISVILLE (56.97 hours)
47. ALBUQUERQUE (56.72 hours)
48. CLEVELAND (55.94 hours)
49. DETROIT (55.81 hours)
50. TULSA, OK (55.66 hours)

Other interesting findings include:

* NYC businesses work an average of 65.9 hours per week. This is 13% higher than the national average.

* For a city that doesn’t seem to have off hours, San Francisco is at a surprising #41, with 57.79 hours per week.

* Las Vegas – a city that’s open all hours – tends to have harder workers, and comes in at #2 with 64.61 hours worked.

* Boston has the hardest working Dry Cleaners in America – with the highest number of stores (43%) open on Sundays

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