Crack the Whip
Research shows that Americans work 20 percent more than their counterparts in Europe, and that's certainly true in parts of Texas. Personal finance website WalletHub recently revealed the hardest working U.S. cities, proving many Texans aren't slacking off.
To come up with those scores, WalletHub's data analysts looked at six key metrics: average workweek hours, labor force participation rate, commute time, workers with multiple jobs, volunteer hours per resident, and leisure time spent on an average day.
North Texans work the hardest in the Lone Star State. Plano earns the No. 3 slot, with a hard-working score of 79.56. Irving is No. 5, scoring 76.09. Other Texas cities in the top 20 include Corpus Christi (No. 12), Garland (No. 18), and Houston (No. 20).
Austin ranks No. 25, with a score of 68.58, about 11 points less than the hardest working Texans. More hard-working Texans can be found in Dallas (No. 22), Arlington (No. 24), and Fort Worth (No. 26).
In Lubbock, they must be pretty lazy (or smart, depending on how you look at it). At No. 92 out of 116, the city gets a hard-working score of 50.46. But they've got nothing on those living in Burlington, Vermont, who don't seem to mind catching a few Z's: The city is the least hard-working in the country, with a score of 18.66.
Folks in Anchorage, Alaska, are burning the midnight oil: The city holds the No. 1 spot, with a total score of 88.42.