10 Hardest-Working Cities in the World

People work harder in some of the world's locales than others, a new analysis finds. How did U.S. cities fare?

10 Hardest-Working Cities in the World Photo (cc) by Sweet One

Hong Kong is the hardest-working city in the world.

That’s according to CNN Money’s analysis of the latest Prices & Earnings report from financial services firm UBS, which states:

“All workaholics should move to Hong Kong, where working hours average over 50 per week, with only 17 days of [paid] holiday annually.”

That amounts to Hong Kong workers logging an average 2,606 hours of work per year, CNN reports.

Based on workers’ hours per year, the top 10 hardest-working cities are:

  • Hong Kong
  • Mumbai, India
  • Mexico City
  • New Delhi
  • Bangkok
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Bogota, Colombia

Hong Kong workers also have the distinction of having the most valuable working time. To illustrate the value of working time, the UBS report takes the McDonald’s Big Mac for example:

Workers in Hong Kong only have to work on average nine minutes to be able to buy a Big Mac, while workers in Nairobi have to work almost three hours.

The cities with the most valuable working time are:

  • Hong Kong (9 minutes)
  • Luxembourg (10)
  • Tokyo (10)
  • Zurich (11)
  • Miami (11)
  • Geneva (11)
  • Sydney (11)
  • Los Angeles (11)
  • Nicosia, Cyprus (11)
  • Chicago (11)
  • New York (11)

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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