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Texas blows away competition for hardest working cities in America

Texas blows away competition for hardest working cities in America

Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
Texas cities have harder workers than others. Ed Schipul/Flickr

It's no secret that Texans have a lot of pride, but we're more than just talk. A new survey says the Lone Star State is home to five of the hardest working cities in America.

To compile the rankings, real estate website Movoto.com used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics such as hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, workers per household, lack of sleep and hours volunteered per year. 

Arlington led the Texas charge with a No. 2 ranking, followed by Fort Worth (No. 3), Austin (No. 4), Dallas (No. 7) and Houston (No. 10). Seattle claimed the top spot, but no other state had as many spots on the list as Texas. California had the next best showing, with two cities — San Jose and San Francisco — making the cut. 

Texas and California don't have much in common, but as Movoto's David Cross noted, they do share a solid work ethic."While there might be a blue state, red state divide between the two, it’s good to know there’s something they can agree on, and that is working hard," Cross said.

Our five Texas cities beat both New York and Los Angeles, areas long thought to be bastions of workaholics. To be fair, New York did rank No. 1 for workers per household with 2.4. 

According to the survey, Houston workers put in more hours than the rest of the nation, with an average of 37.6 hours per week. Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas all recorded an average of 37 hours flat for a three-way tie at No. 2 in that category. Austin ranked No. 5 in the category.

One category in which Texas cities didn't fair well was commute time. "Residents of Dallas work long hours and have sleepless nights," the survey says. "Their commute places them in the top 25 percent of the cities on our list."


The 50 Hardest Working Cities in America By Movoto Real Estate