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Seattle Named Hardest-Working City in U.S.

Jonathan Cooper

Take a break, Seattle! It looks like we've earned it.

Seattle topped the list of the hardest-working cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Wednesday by Movoto, a national real-estate blog.

Movoto considered seven different factors of “elbow grease”: average hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, employed workers per household, hours volunteered per year, lack of sleep, and cost of living.

Of the 50 U.S. metro areas considered, Seattle had the lowest unemployment rate, and the fifth highest number of volunteer hours as well as the fifth highest cost of living.

In overall rankings, Seattle, which the blog alleged “is trying to make us all look bad,” was followed by three Texan cities: Arlington, Fort Worth, and Austin, respectively. San Jose and San Francisco came in fifth and sixth.

Portland ranked 13th, Los Angeles 19th, and San Diego 20th.

Now, back to work!