The 15 Hardest-Working Cities in America

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By Jonathan Fisher

Work takes up a large amount of time for many Americans. On top of that, people also have to deal with their daily commutes. It all adds up.The Office of the New York City Comptroller released a study this month highlighting the cities in which people spend the most time working and commuting. The office used Census and American Community Survey microdata and noted that American full-time workers commuted an average of 4 hours, 11 minutes each week, 30 minutes longer than in 1990.

Here are the cities in which people spend the most time working and commuting.

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The 15 Hardest-Working Cities in America
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.01
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.01
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.02
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.12
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.21
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.23
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.25
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.35
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 47.36
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 48.01
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 48.01
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 48.18
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 48.39
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 48.58
Average weekly hours spent working/commuting: 49.08
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One caveat: New York pulled the top spot mainly because people's average weekly commute time, 6.18 hours, is way ahead of everybody else's. (Philadelphia was No. 2 with 5.01 hours.) Subtracting commute time, San Francisco is actually the city in which people spend the most hours at work: 44.01 hours, versus 42.50 for New York.
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