The odds are good that right now you are being outworked by a Texan. Just let that little tidbit sink in.
According to the folks at movoto.com, the site known for its real estate acumen and arbitrary lists of things cities do, five of the top ten hardest working cities in the country are proud inhabitants of the Lone Star State (well, maybe not “proud” in the case of Austin, but it’s still there).
To arrive at their results, Movoto looked at the 50 most populous cities in the country, ranking each using a combination of factors including average hours in a work week, unemployment rate, commute rate, employed workers per household, yearly volunteer hours, lack of sleep and cost of living.
We can’t possibly understand why a city would want to be counted among the hardest workers in the country, but congrats to those who do. For the normal people living out there, be sure to take a glance at the rankings. If you’re in the top ten, you should consider hitting a patio bar tonight instead of watching the sunset through the bars that no doubt line the windows of your office building.
A quick note to Seattle, number one on our list (because they work hard at all those Starbucks): you know it’s illegal for your boss to physically chain you to your desk, right? Seattle, blink twice if you’re under duress.
And, finally, a big shout out goes to Memphis (number 50 out of 50), for being both populous and lazy. Even people in Detroit (all 4 of them with jobs) work harder than you, and that commitment to sloth is to be commended.
Additional reporting by Kelsey Waananen.
Population: 634,535 (22nd in U.S.)
Top industries: aerospace, manufacturing (transportation and forestry), food processing, biotechnology, electronics
Fun fact: Seattle’s annual rainfall is less than that of Houston, Chicago and New York City.
It’s easy to be number one when you have a city that is actually run by competent businesses. With just 4% unemployment, Seattle takes the cake because, you know, it’s people actually have jobs. Those jobs might all be of the coffee shop/dockworker/musician variety -at least, that’s how we like to picture the city, full of flannel wearers. So, I guess lumberjack is also a viable career opportunity.
Population: 375,600 (50th in U.S.)
Top industries: Tourism (believe me, we were as shocked as you are right now), Automotive, Banking & Financial
Fun fact: AT&T Stadium is visible 5 miles away on Interstate 30 and can be seen from tall buildings in Dallas, about 18 miles away. It often is called the “Death Star” because of its enormity, a tribute to the planet-destroying space station in “Star Wars.”
… our minds are still blown that Arlington, TX ranks as one of the most populous cities in the country. Also surprising is that there’s a nerdy Texan with stones enough to suggest a science fiction reference as the Cowboys’ stadium nickname. Arlington, truly a wonderland of surprises.
Fort Worth, TX
Population: 777,992 (16th in U.S.)
Top industries: Fort Worth has traditionally been a diverse center of manufacturing. Major employers in include Radio Shack Corporation, American Airlines, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, Bell Helicopter Textron, SABRE, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Fun fact: 60 percent of America’s paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (Fort Worth Tours are available).
Isn’t this the place that Midwestern kids go for Spring Break? Also home to lots of cows (they’re really proud of their stock shows), Fort Worth boasts massive size as one part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Lots of people, lots of companies, lots of lingering manure smell – Ft. Worth in a nutshell.
Population: 842,592 (11th in U.S.)
Top industries: With a developed infrastructure of telecommunication, transportation, electric, and water capacities, Austin is a leading site for wireless technologies. Austin has a history of success in striving to attract regional office and national headquarters.
Fun fact: The only city in the world known to still operate a system of moonlight towers. The moonlight towers of Austin were one of the main settings in the movie “Dazed and Confused!”
Also known as “that one cool town in Texas”, Austin has a raging nightlife and considerable, though inexplicable, cultural cache. If you’re looking for the coolest town in any red state in the country, Austin is the place you’re looking for. Also, if you want to ignite the ire of any Texan outside the city, just tell them how much you love the progressive, liberal scene in Austin.
San Jose, CA
Population: 982,765 (10th in U.S.)
Top industries: large concentration of high-technology engineering, computer, and microprocessor companies around San Jose has led the area to be known as Silicon Valley.
Fun fact: San Jose has the highest median household income in the nation, and more than half the adults in Silicon Valley hold a college degree.
This one is kind of a cheat. You can’t count Silicon Valley people as hard workers. They’re only interested in computers and not being outside; what else is there for them but lots of work (and an insanely high paycheck). We can only hope that high median income helps San Jose Sharks fans absorb the pain that comes with watching your team choke in the playoffs every year.
San Francisco, CA
Population: 825,863 (14th in U.S.)
Top industries: Tourism, the city’s largest private-sector employer, is the backbone of the San Francisco economy. Since the 1990s, San Francisco’s economy has increasingly become tied to San Jose and Silicon Valley, its neighbors to the south, sharing the need for highly educated workers with specialized skills
Fun fact: The Golden Gate Bridge is continuously painted and repainted all the time, because the bridge is so long that by the time the paint crew gets from one end to the other, it’s time to start over again.
For as much flack as it gets for being a rotting mixture of liberalism’s worst ideas (among them, giving Nancy Pelosi a job), people just love to visit that Golden Gate Bridge. And Fisherman’s Wharf. And Alcatraz. The list goes on. Apparently San Fran gets all their work done cleaning up after the people who are endlessly amazed that the trolley is the world’s only moving national landmark.
Population: 1,241,162 (9th in U.S.)
Top industries: The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters for publicly traded companies in the United States. In addition to its large number of businesses, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States and is also home to the second shopping center ever built in the United States.
Fun fact: The integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in Dallas in 1958.
Dallas has a thriving economy filled with people who apparently spend lots of time commuting (around 30 minutes on average). They’re also known for having some of the best barbecue in the country – though you might have a fight on your hands if you say that while in Kansas City or Memphis. Unlike those other two cities, Dallas residents actually work hard enough to deserve that deliciousness at the end of the day.
Virginia Beach, VA
Population: 447,021 (39th in U.S.)
Top industries: Virginia Beach is best known for its tourism but the military and agribusiness sectors contribute to the city’s economy.
Fun fact: Located in Virginia Beach is a very large landfill known as Mount Trashmore. Many events take place on and around it, including Independence Day fireworks, carnivals, and much more. It is a 60 ft. mountain made of trash and covered in green, lush grass.
Virginia Beach plays host to lots of tourists each year, a mixture of those people looking to escape New York and D.C. and those people who try for a big city but just don’t quite get there. According to the study, Virginia Beach earns its spot here by missing lots of sleep, volunteering a bunch and having low unemployment. Also, they have a giant garbage park, which is always a bonus.
Population: 632,323 (24th in U.S.)
Top industries: In 2012, the federal government accounted for about 29% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. Tourism is Washington’s second largest industry.
Fun fact: In Washington, D.C. there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents and 74 lobbyists for each United States senator.
We can all understand why this one is here. D.C. is maxed out on both hustle and bustle and at least once a week, we see the story of some politician burning the midnight oil, talking until they’re blue in the face. Of course, if the study had included productivity as a deciding factor, D.C. would have shot to the bottom of the list quick and in a hurry.
Population: 2,160,821 (4th in U.S.)
Top industries: Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry—particularly for oil and natural gas—as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics. Renewable energy sources—wind and solar—are also growing economic bases in Houston
Fun fact: 62 of the world’s 100 non-U.S.-based corporations have a presence in Houston
See that fun fact up there? You can now officially stop mocking Texans for being xenophobic. Well … ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but you have to give it up for Houston’s willingness to overlook cultural differences if it makes them a junk load of money. You might say that’s a cynical way to see things, but isn’t it really just the essence of capitalism?
New York, NY
Population: 8,336,697 (1st in U.S.)
Top industries: New York is a global hub of international business and commerce and is one of three “command centers” for the world economy (along with London and Tokyo).
Fun fact: The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150 degrees.
No, New Yorkers, you’re not number one. You’re number 11 on this one. That’s got to be a tough pill to swallow (especially since you guys are only allowed to have enough soda to fill a thimble). Guess you’ll just have to settle for being the world capital of culture and only one of three world economy “command centers” – whatever that means.
Population: 393,987 (45th in U.S.)
Top industries: Though the oil industry has historically dominated Tulsa’s economy, efforts in economic diversification have created a base in the sectors of aerospace, finance, technology.
Fun fact: Clinton Riggs designed the YIELD sign. It was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.
Strong numbers across the board from this Tulsa. To have these numbers tell the story, the average day for a Tulsan starts with a solid eight hours of work, followed by another solid eight of volunteering, at which point, they kill time until the next sunrise by, I don’t know, tipping cows or something. There’s cows in Oklahoma, right?
Population: 603, 106 (28th in U.S.)
Top industries: Computer components manufacturer Intel is the Portland area’s largest employer. By the 1950s, the steel industry became the city’s number one industry for employment. Portland is the largest shipper of wheat in the United States, and is the second largest port for wheat in the world.
Fun fact: The rum and fruit juice drink mai tai was created in 1944 by Vic Bergeron, owner of Portland tiki bar and restaurant, Trader Vic’s.
The tech industry might just be the area’s biggest supplier of money, but the best reason to work in Portland is the beer. All that wheat translates to the country’s best Hefeweizen. Yeah, it might rain most of the time (this really irritating misty non-rain), and it might take forever to get anywhere, but the wheat beer makes everything worthwhile.
Population: 1,445,632 (6th in U.S.)
Top industries: Greater Phoenix’s major industries are (1) high-tech manufacturing, (2) tourism and (3) construction.
Fun fact: 15 Major League Baseball teams conduct spring training in the Cactus League, which in 2013 drew a record 1.72 million fans.
Did you know that if you stand still in Phoenix too long, the soles of your shoes will melt into the concrete? Ok, that may not be true, exactly, but with the city’s temperature jumping over 100 degrees for fully a third of the year, we just assumed that’s why Phoenicians are constantly on the move.
Population: 625,087 (21st in U.S.)
Top industries: The area’s schools are major employers and attract industries to the city and surrounding region. Other important industries are financial services, especially mutual funds and insurance
Fun fact: When you take a stroll on the Boston Common, you are visiting the nation’s first public park, established in 1634.
Boston has lots of old stuff in it, so it makes sense that they’d also be home to some good old-fashioned work ethic. Considering they worked so hard to found the country, it’d be a shame if they weren’t somewhere near the top of this list.