The 10 Hardest Working States In America Ranked


Madison Dapcevich


Madison Dapcevich

Freelance Writer and Fact-Checker

Madison is a freelance science reporter and full-time fact-checker based in the wild Rocky Mountains of western Montana.

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Generally speaking, Americans are pretty average workers compared to the rest of the world, working just under 1,800 hours every year, according to the World Economic Forum. That's about 200 hours less than Europe’s workaholic Greek counterparts but around 300 hours more than Germans.

To see how Americans stack up against each other by state, financial reporting website WalletHub pulled data from federal government databases like the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Gallup, among others on data such as the most hours worked each week, statewide employment rates, and vacation time used.


The state with the highest average workweek hours was Alaska, followed by North Dakota, Wyoming, Texas, and Louisiana. The least? Utah, followed by a tie between Rhode Island and Oregon, Massachusetts, and a tie between Michigan and Vermont.

Hawaii had the highest employment rate, followed by North Dakota, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Nebraska. Alaska had the lowest employment rate, followed by New Mexico, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

WalletHub also considered the best and worst states for volunteer hours and average leisure time spent each day. Utah had the highest number of volunteer hours per resident (maybe because they have the lowest average work hours), while Kentucky had the least. Vermont, it turns out, was pretty bad at taking it easy during the day, while their neighbor Rhode Island doesn’t seem to have any issue kicking back.

After the data was compiled, each state was then scored using a weighted point system on these factors. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the “hardest working”.


Without further ado, the most hardworking states in order are:

10. Kansas comes in with a score of 53.97

Wheat harvest in Kansas. MS7503/Shutterstock

9. Virginia moves in slightly behind with a rating of 54.62

Coal cars at a Virginia shipping terminal in March 1992. Rob Crandall/Shutterstock

8. Colorado brushes by ever so slightly at 54.98

Road construction crews lay new concrete in downtown Denver, Colorado. Arina P Habich/Shutterstock

7. Texas moves the bar by almost three points, coming in at 57.84

An oil refinery in Texas. Roschetzky Photography/Shutterstock

6. New Hampshire weighs in at 58.03

A worker watches the rise of the World War Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Dan Logan/Shutterstock

5. Nebraska heads into the next bracket at 60.97

Firefighters battle a fire in July of 2012 near Springview, Nebraska. Dave Weaver/Shutterstock

4. South Dakota comes in with a score of 61.41

South Dakota farmer offloads soybeans during the Autumn harvest. Patrick Ziegler/Shutterstock

 3. Wyoming takes the bronze with a score of 61.73

Beekeeper preparing to harvest honey near Sheridan, Wyoming in 2015. Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

2. North Dakota moves up a whopping five points, taking second place at 66.19

A pump jack at sunset in North Dakota. Christopher Boswell/Shutterstock

1. Alaska tops the chart at 68.54

A fishing vessel in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Peter Leahy/Shutterstock
  1. Check out the full survey results to see how your state matches up. 



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