New Yorkers have the longest work weeks compared to 29 other major cities

New Yorkers Have the Longest Work Weeks

There's plenty to love about New York. It has Lady Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building, all those food trucks -- but here's one thing that's not so nice: New Yorkers' work weeks are the longest compared to 29 other major U.S. cities. Womp womp.

A New Yorker's average work week is 49 hours and 8 minutes. This number includes commute time.

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New Yorkers have the longest work weeks compared to 29 other major cities

1. New York, NY

42.50 work, 6.18 commute, 49.08 hours total

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2. San Francisco, CA

44.01 work, 4.57 commute, 48.58 hours total

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3. Washington, DC

43.50 work, 4.49 commute, 48.39 hours total

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4. Houston, TX

43.44 work, 4.33 commute, 48.18 hours total

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5. Fort Worth, TX

43.43 work, 4.18 commute, 48.01 hours total

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6. Chicago, IL

42.36 work, 5.25 commute, 48.01 hours total

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7. Boston, MA

 42.53 work, 4.43 commute, 47.36 hours total

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8. Charlotte, NC

43.50 work, 3.45 commute, 47.35 hours total

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9. Baltimore, MD

42.34 work, 4.51 commute, 47.25 hours total

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10. Seattle, WA

43.17 work, 4.06 commute, 47.23 hours total

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San Francisco came in second at 48 hours and 58 minutes in total working time, and Washington, D.C., is third at 48 hours and 39 minutes. The No. 4 and No. 5 spots belong to Houston and Fort Worth in Texas.

This is all according to New York City's Comptroller, Scott Stringer. He said: "This means employees in the Big Apple get paid less than it appears on an hourly basis, because their commutes are significantly greater than anyone else in the country."

New Yorkers spend an average of 6 hours and 18 minutes commuting to work in a single week. The only city to even come within an hour of that was Chicago at 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Stringer's study looked at census data from 1990 and 2000, as well as the 2013 American Community Survey to get the numbers.

Out of all 30 major cities, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was last on the list with a 44-hour, 53-minute total work week, including 3 hours and 40 minutes getting to and from the office.

So there you have it. New York may be a hell of a town -- but residents may be working too hard to get out and see it.

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