San Francisco named 8th-hardest working in US: study

(KRON) — Do you ever walk the streets of San Francisco and feel surrounded by a bunch of “go-getters”? Well, according to a recent study, San Francisco is a city full of those kinds of people.

San Francisco was named the eighth-hardest working city in the United States, a study by WalletHub says. Washington, D.C. received the No. 1 overall ranking.

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WalletHub: Hardest-Working Cities in the US

  1. Washington D.C.

  2. Irving, TX

  3. Cheyenne, WY

  4. Virginia Beach, VA

  5. Anchorage, AK

  6. Norfolk, VA

  7. Dallas, TX

  8. San Francisco, CA

  9. Denver, CO

  10. Austin, TX

San Francisco ranked as the only California city in the top 30. It received a score of 74.67 compared to Washington D.C.’s score of 76.97.

Fremont was the next highest-ranked California city at No. 31. Other Bay Area cities to make WalletHub’s list, which ranked 116 U.S. cities:

  • Fremont (No. 31)

  • San Jose (No. 50)

  • Oakland (No. 52)

Perhaps San Francisco workers’ hard work is correlated to their high-earning income. According to U.S. Census Data, the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area had the highest median household income at $128,151 in 2022. (Keep in mind not all San Francisco workers live in the city.)

It’s also worth noting that San Francisco ranked as the sixth most expensive city to live in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

View WalletHub’s interactive map of the hardest-working cities in America below.

Source: WalletHub

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WalletHub analyzed 116 of the most populated cities in the country, using two main factors: “Direct Work Factors” (80 percent) and “Indirect Work Factors” (20 percent).

“Direct Work Factors” include average workweek hours, employment rate, share of households where no adults work, share of workers leaving vacation time unused, share of engaged workers and idle youth (ages 16-24) rate.

“Indirect Work Factors,” according to the report, include average commute time, share of workers with multiple jobs, annual volunteer hours per resident, share of residents who participate in local groups/organizations and average leisure time spent per day.

WalletHub compiled data from numerous sources to record those factors and came up with a final score for each of the 116 cities analyzed.

Read WalletHub’s full report, including methodology, on the “Hardest-Working Cities in America” here.

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