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Houston works its way onto list of hardest-working cities in the U.S.

Houston works its way onto list of hardest-working cities in the U.S.

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Among Texas’ biggest cities, residents of Houston are working really hard for their money, according to a new study.

The study, produced by personal finance website WalletHub, ranks Houston 22nd among the country’s 116 largest cities in terms of which places have the hardest-working residents. WalletHub weighed 10 key metrics to come up with the ranking, including employment rate, average hours worked per week, and share of households with adults who are not working.

The Lone Star State showed good grit in the study: Irving (No. 3), Plano (No. 5), and Austin (No. 8) landed in the top 10.

“Overall, Texans seem to be some of the most hard-working people. We analyzed 13 Texas cities — 12 of which ranked in the top half,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez says.

WalletHub released the study in conjunction with Employee Appreciation Day, which falls on March 1.

Irving scored particularly well for its share of households with adults who are not working (12.4 percent, No. 1 among all 116 cities), average workweek (40.3 hours, No. 5 nationally), and unemployment rate (96.51 percent, No. 31 nationally).

Not far behind Irving was Plano, which came in at No. 5 overall. High marks for Plano included its share of households with adults who are not working (14.84 percent, No. 4 nationally), average workweek (40.1 hours, No. 8 nationally), and employment rate (96.56 percent, No. 27 nationally).

Here’s how Texas cities in major metro areas fared in the WalletHub study:

  • Austin ranked No. 8. Its highest ranking in a single category was No. 5 for share of households with adults who are not working (15.83 percent).
  • Dallas ranked No. 11. Its highest ranking in a single category was No. 6 for average workweek (40.2 hours).
  • Fort Worth ranked No. 15.
  • Arlington ranked No. 18. 
  • Garland ranked No. 19.
  • Houston ranked No. 22.
  • San Antonio ranked No. 44.

For Houston, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, and San Antonio, their highest ranking in a single category was No. 7 for share of engaged workers (35 percent). This statistic was based on statewide figures.

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