Matt Case - February 20th, 2024 - 5:35am PST 

    In the pursuit of the American dream, U.S. workers are known for their strong work ethic, with the average American laboring 1,811 hours annually. This figure surpasses the work hours of counterparts in Japan by 204 and in the U.K. by 279, highlighting a significant commitment to employment in the United States. However, a recent study indicates that this dedication varies by city.

    WalletHub's latest report identifies the Hardest-Working Cities in the U.S., ranking the 116 largest cities based on 11 key indicators. These metrics are divided into direct work factors—such as average weekly work hours, employment rate, and unused vacation time—and indirect work factors, which include commute times, the prevalence of multiple job holders, and leisure time.

    Washington, D.C., has emerged as the Hardest-Working City according to this year's list, excelling in both direct and indirect work factors. Irving, Texas, secures the second spot, leading in direct work factors, while Portland, Oregon, ranks highest for indirect work factors despite its overall 54th position. Conversely, Burlington, Vermont, is found at the list's end, marking it as the least hard-working city according to the study.

    The top 10 Hardest-Working Cities in the U.S. are:

    1. Washington, D.C.
    2. Irving, Texas
    3. Cheyenne, Wyoming
    4. Virginia Beach, Virginia
    5. Anchorage, Alaska
    6. Norfolk, Virginia
    7. Dallas, Texas
    8. San Francisco, California
    9. Denver, Colorado
    10. Austin, Texas