The 20 cities where Americans work the least


Southern terminus in Columbia, South Carolina

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People in Columbia, South Carolina, commute on average no more than 16.1 minutes a day.

America is notorious for its work ethic, where overwork and stress become badges of honor.


According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans logged on average 1,789 hours of work in 2014. That's at least 100 more hours a year than in European countries like the UK, France, Germany, or Denmark.

And when looking at US census data, that number could be higher, since the average working American logs about 39 hours a week.

But working longer hours and having less downtime can take its toll on our health and productivity.

Personal-finance site WalletHub recently analyzed and ranked 116 of the most populated cities based on six metrics related directly or indirectly to work. To read more about the study's methodology, check out the full report here.


Americans living in the following cities generally put in less hours than the average American, spend less time commuting, and have more time to themselves: