America is notorious for its work ethic, where overwork and stress become badges of honor.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans logged on average 1,789 hours of work in 2014. That’s at least 100 more hours a year than workers in European countries like the UK, France, Germany, or Denmark.
And when looking at US census data, that number could be higher, since the average working American logs about 39 hours a week.
But working longer hours and having less downtime can take its toll on our health and productivity.
Personal-finance site WalletHub recently analyzed and ranked 116 of the most populated cities based on six metrics related directly or indirectly to work. To read more about the study’s methodology, check out the full report here.
Americans living in the following cities generally put in less hours than the average American, spend less time commuting, and have more time to themselves:
No. 20 Bridgeport, Connecticut
Average hours worked per week: 36.4
Labor-force participation rate: 75.95%
Minutes spent commuting on an average day: 27.0
Percentage of workers with multiple jobs: 5.90%
Minutes of leisure time spent on an average day: 343.19
No. 19 Madison, Wisconsin
Average hours worked per week: 35.9
Labor-force participation rate: 79.42%
Minutes spent commuting on an average day: 19.4
Percentage of workers with multiple jobs: 6.70%
Minutes of leisure time spent on an average day: 336.73
No. 18 Santa Ana, California
Average hours worked per week: 36.9
Labor-force participation rate: 72.96%
Minutes spent commuting on an average day: 24.7
Percentage of workers with multiple jobs: 4.10%
Minutes of leisure time spent on an average day: 319.65