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Here's A List Of the Hardest-Working Cities In America

Do you know that tomorrow, March 4, is National Employee Appreciation Day, the day when we're supposed to honor employees for their hard work? No, really; it's real!

In honor of this largely-unknown holiday,* finance website Wallet Hub analyzed 116 metro areas to find out where the hardest-working Americans are quietly lurking! Wallet Hub examined six key metrics ranging from labor force participation rate to average weekly work hours to the number of workers with multiple jobs. What did they learn?

Without further ado, here are The Top Ten Hardest-Working U.S. Cities for 2016, according to Wallet Hub's analysis:

1. Anchorage, Alaska
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
3. Plano, Texas
4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
5. Irving, Texas
6. Scottsdale, Arizona
7. San Francisco, California
8. Cheyenne, Wyoming
9. Washington, DC
10. Charlotte, North Carolina

Alaskans are indeed very busy people. For proof, simply look at the mind-boggling number of TV shows now based in Alaska! It's hard to channel surf anymore without bumping into an Alaska-based reality show.

From Deadliest Catch to Alaska State Troopers to Gold Rush: Legends to Alaska Haunting to Alaska Bush People to Edge of Alaska to Alaska The Last Frontier to Buying Alaska, we in The Lower 48 could spend all our time watching The Last Frontier work hard from the comforts of our suburban sofas.

In comparison, San Francisco has only Mythbusters, and it's in its final season. Maybe that's why the rest of us don't rank higher in the Wallet Hub survey? Hmm. It's debatable. Well, good job and congratulations, Alaska. Keep up the hard work, and please send salmon!**


Here's a .gif-fy,*** colorful map that reveals our labor participation rate in all its glory. I'm including it because I think it looks cool.


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Source: WalletHub

So what have we learned? Some of us work harder than others, tomorrow is National Employee Appreciation Day, suburban Americans like to live vicariously through Alaskan reality TV stars, and I watch way too much television. Now go look like you're working hard, so we can do better in next year's survey.

* Google search defines the word "holiday" as "a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done." Just thought I'd define it in case you're working so hard you've forgotten what the word means.

** I'm still waiting for "The Real Housewives of Wasilla" on Bravo. The title has a ring to it, doesn't it?

*** As far as I know, the word ".gif-fy" is not yet in any online dictionary.

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