11 Cities Where Worker Burnout Is Most Likely

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This story originally appeared on SmartAsset.

The days of the strict 40-hour workweek, with weekends and evenings spent relaxing, are a distant memory for many people.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from 2019, more than 10 million Americans work at least 60 hours per week. And for those lucky enough to have a job amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place rules have kept many working from home, a fact that has reduced the separation between the office and home-life.

In fact, recent data from NordVPN shows Americans are working three hours more per day during coronavirus lockdowns than before. Though the constant connectivity and persistent Zoom meetings may exacerbate exhaustion as workers grind to build up their savings, there are a whole host of factors that are fatiguing the workforce. With all that in mind, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to find the cities where worker burnout is most likely.

We analyzed the 100 largest U.S. cities across the following metrics:

  • Average number of weeks worked per year.
  • Average number of hours worked per week.
  • Percentage of the population working at least 1,700 hours per year (the equivalent of 35 hours per week for 51 weeks).
  • Percentage of workers with a commute longer than one hour.
  • Housing costs as a percentage of income.

All data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.

First, we ranked all cities for every metric. Giving them all an equal weight, we found each city’s average ranking. We used this average ranking to create our final score. The city with the highest average ranking (i.e., the city where worker burnout is most likely) received a score of 100 and the city with the lowest average ranking (i.e., the city where worker burnout is least likely) received a score of 0.

Following are the cities where worker burnout is most likely.

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