Researchers at CoworkingCafe ranked the top 20 cities where a strong work culture fuels economic progress and Scottsdale ranks as the No. 8 hardest-working U.S. city.
CoworkingCafe’s methodology goes beyond mere work hours, employment and unemployment rates, looking at the nuances of employment across different age groups by also factoring in the idle population. For a more comprehensive analysis, CoworkingCafe grouped these metrics into three categories: work, productivity and efficiency.
Key Arizona takeaways
- The hard-working residents of Scottsdale earned their city 8th place among the top 20 cities, with almost 71 total points;
- The city earned the second-best efficiency score out of all cities analyzed (outdone only by Bellevue, WA), with more than 26% of residents working from home and an average commute time of just more than 21 minutes;
- Scottsdale ranked 5th in the work category, with an average work week of nearly 41 hours, snatching third place among the top performers nationwide;
- Scottsdale’s young workforce was another key to its economic vitality, with nearly 62% actively contributing to the local economy among those aged 16 to 24
Key national takeaways
- Arlington, VA emerged as the hardest-working U.S. city with the lowest share of idle population and highest employment rate in its active age group, followed by neighboring Alexandria, VA.
- Sunnyvale, CA rounded out the podium, taking the pole position for its highest productivity, joined by two metro-area neighbors in the top 20.
- The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Texas took 5 positions in the top 20, led by Carrollton at #4, followed by Frisco, Irving, Dallas and McKinney.
- Sioux Falls, SD was the hardest-working Midwestern city with a well-rounded performance across all work, productivity and efficiency metrics analyzed.
- Cambridge, MA was the top contender from the Northeast, earning the highest score for overall employment rate and density of coworking spaces.