Worker Burnout Is Most Likely In These 11 Cities

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This article first appeared on SmartAsset.

For many people, the days of a strict 40-hour workweek with weekends and evenings spent relaxing are a distant memory.

More than 10 million Americans work at least 60 hours per week, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from 2021.And for those fortunate enough to have a job during the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place rules have kept many people working from home, blurring the line between work and home life.

In fact, according to recent data from NordVPN, Americans work three hours more per day during coronavirus lockdowns than they did previously.Though constant connectivity and frequent Zoom meetings may exacerbate exhaustion as workers work to save money, there are a slew of other issues plaguing the workforce.With that in mind, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to determine which cities are most likely to experience worker burnout.

We looked at the top 100 largest U.S. companies.Scities based on the following criteria

  • Yearly average number of weeks worked
  • Weekly average number of hours worked
  • The percentage of people who work at least 1700 hours per year (equivalent to 35 hours per week for 51 weeks)
  • % of workers who have a commute of more than one hour
  • The cost of housing as a percentage of income

All data comes from the one-year American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau in 2021.

First, we ranked all of the cities based on each metric.We calculated each city’s average ranking by giving them all the same weight.Our final score was calculated using this average ranking.The city with the highest average ranking (i.e., the city with the highest average ranking)eThe city with the highest average ranking (i.e., the city where worker burnout is most likely) received a score of 100, while the city with the lowest average ranking (i.e., the city where worker burnout is least likely) received a score ofeThe city with the lowest risk of worker burnout received a score of 0.

The cities with the highest likelihood of worker burnout are listed below.

(tie) Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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No. 1 is a tie.Austin, Texas is ranked number ten on our list.With an average of 38 weeks worked per year, the city ranks ninth in the country.4 and 58 percent of the population working more than 1700 hours per year.8%

(tie) Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The other city was tied for second place.Charlotte, North Carolina is number ten.Charlotte is ranked tenth out of a hundred cities for having the highest percentage of residents working 1700 hours per year, at 58 percent.3%

In addition, workers there have an average age of 39.7 hours per week on the job is the study’s 19th highest rate for this metric.

Seattle is a city in Washington State.

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Seattle has the third-highest average number of weeks worked per year in the study, at 39.7

The Emerald City also ranks 17th out of 100 cities for having a relatively high percentage of workers who work at least 1700 hours per year, with 56 percent.7%

Dallas is a city in Texas.

Dallas, Texas

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Workers in Dallas put in an average of 40 hours per week.The third-highest total of the cities we studied was 7 hours per week on the job.

With almost 36 weeks of work per year, the city ranks near the middle of the study.Approximately 56In Dallas, 3% of employees work more than 1700 hours per year.

Virginia’s Arlington

Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington, Virginia, is a Washington, D.C. suburb.Chas the highest rate in the study for the following three metrics: average number of weeks worked per year (41), average number of weeks worked per year (42), and average number of weeks worked per year (43).At 41 hours per week, the average number of hours worked per week is 3.7 percent of residents work more than 1700 hours per year, and 62% of residents work more than 1700 hours per year

Living in Arlington may not be as stressful in terms of homeownership costs, as housing costs are only about 20% of income, the ninth-lowest figure for this metric.

Denver is a city in Colorado.

Denver, Colorado

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Workers in Denver put in 39 hours.The fourth-highest rate for this metric in the study was 6 weeks per year on the job.

At 59 percent, Denver had the third-highest percentage of workers who worked at least 1700 hours per year.5%Employees work an average of 40 hours per week in the office or on the job site, which is the 14th highest rate among the 100 cities we looked at.

The District of Columbia (DC)C

Washington, D.C. traffic with Capitol Building in background

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The District of Columbia (DC)Chas the ninth-highest average weekly hours worked in this study, with 40.3 hrs.

With 58 percent of residents working at least 1700 hours per year, the city is ranked 11th.2%

Workers in the nation’s capital spend an average of 36 hours per week on the job.In all of the cities we looked at, 9 weeks per year on the job was the 33rd highest.

Miami is a city in Florida.

Miami Beach Ocean Drive at dusk

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Workers in Miami may be stressed out by their expenses, as housing costs account for 34 percent of their income.The third-highest percentage in the study for this metric was 49% of income.

Miami shares the 19th-longest workweek with Jersey City, New Jersey, with an average of 39 hours.7-hour periodFurthermore, at 9 a.m., it is ranked 21st out of 100 cities for having a relatively high percentage of workers who have a commute of at least one hour.5%

Jersey City is a city in New Jersey.

Jersey City, New Jersey

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Jersey City, located directly across the Hudson from New York City, is in the bottom half of the study for all of the metrics we looked at.

With 19 percent of workers commuting for more than an hour, it ranks fourth in the study.5%It also has the 19th-highest rate of average weekly working hours, at 39.7

Approximately 56Jersey City has the 17th-highest rate of workers on the job for at least 1700 hours per year, out of the 100 cities we looked at.

San Francisco is a city in California.

San Francisco

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Workers in San Francisco work for an average of 39 hours per week.The second-highest rate for this metric in the study was 8 weeks per year.

They also work an average of 40 hours per week.5 hours per week is the study’s seventh-highest rate for this metric.Around 59% of workers work more than 1700 hours per year on average, the fifth highest rate among the 100 cities we looked at.

San Francisco also ranks 11th worst for having a relatively high percentage of workers with a severe commute (one that lasts more than an hour) at 14 percent.3%

Colorado’s Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

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Aurora, Colorado, a Denver suburb, is the city with the highest rate of worker burnout.Residents there work an average of 38 hours per week.5 weeks per year is the eighth-highest amount in our study for this metric.

Aurora also ranks in the bottom 20% for two other metrics: the high percentage of employees who work at least 35 hours per week on average over 51 weeks (58%), and the high percentage of employees who commute for more than an hour (9%).7%

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