These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Alabama

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in Alabama that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and work your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Alabama works hard, there’s a certain part of the Heart of Dixie that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Alabama .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Chelsea which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Alabama. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Alabama for a promotion:

  1. Chelsea
  2. Meadowbrook
  3. Helena
  4. Pike Road
  5. Brook Highland
  6. Homewood
  7. Alabaster
  8. Trussville
  9. Harvest
  10. Mountain Brook

So listen up Childersburg as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Heart of Dixie

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of it’s kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 115 places in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 115 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Alabama”. And, at the end of the day, Chelsea had it’s hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051College Graduates: 44.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Meadowbrook


Population: 8,550 College Graduates: 57.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752College Graduates: 46.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Pike Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,605College Graduates: 52.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Brook Highland


Population: 7,281 College Graduates: 54.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,420College Graduates: 59.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Alabaster

Alabaster, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,978College Graduates: 33.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,229College Graduates: 39.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Harvest

Harvest, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,213College Graduates: 26.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484College Graduates: 85.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Alabama

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Chelsea 1 11,051 44.5% 40.2 1.6
Meadowbrook 2 8,550 57.0% 40.2 1.5
Helena 3 16,752 46.9% 42.3 1.5
Pike Road 4 6,605 52.3% 40.0 1.5
Brook Highland 5 7,281 54.4% 40.3 1.5
Homewood 6 25,420 59.9% 38.0 1.5
Alabaster 7 30,978 33.7% 39.5 1.6
Trussville 8 20,229 39.9% 39.9 1.5
Harvest 9 5,213 26.4% 39.8 1.6
Mountain Brook 10 20,484 85.1% 41.1 1.3
Spanish Fort 11 7,357 49.0% 40.1 1.3
Pelham 12 22,106 34.1% 38.9 1.5
Hoover 13 82,849 56.0% 40.2 1.4
Calera 14 12,376 37.0% 40.0 1.4
Daphne 15 22,983 39.7% 40.5 1.4
Madison 16 44,866 55.2% 38.8 1.5
Vestavia Hills 17 34,061 67.1% 39.5 1.2
Grayson Valley 18 5,090 26.1% 39.4 1.3
Millbrook 19 14,858 25.1% 38.5 1.4
Pinson 20 7,141 24.4% 40.7 1.5
Northport 21 24,092 34.5% 39.0 1.3
Clay 22 9,699 23.0% 39.2 1.5
Prattville 23 34,349 30.2% 39.8 1.4
Meridianville 24 6,073 26.4% 37.0 1.5
Fultondale 25 8,593 24.4% 38.9 1.2
Southside 26 8,432 20.5% 38.6 1.4
Moody 27 12,124 18.8% 39.4 1.3
Pleasant Grove 28 10,230 20.5% 38.4 1.4
Enterprise 29 27,375 28.8% 39.1 1.3
Auburn 30 56,986 60.0% 34.2 1.3
Gardendale 31 13,809 25.7% 38.3 1.2
Robertsdale 32 5,556 13.1% 40.9 1.6
Fairhope 33 16,661 47.2% 39.4 1.1
Satsuma 34 6,145 14.5% 40.9 1.4
Tuscaloosa 35 93,325 33.8% 35.0 1.3
Opelika 36 27,956 26.0% 39.1 1.2
Orange Beach 37 5,629 33.8% 39.2 1.2
Troy 38 18,636 34.2% 34.7 1.4
Montgomery 39 204,095 31.4% 38.2 1.2
Smiths Station 40 5,095 18.6% 39.5 1.3
Muscle Shoals 41 13,380 25.9% 39.1 1.1
Montevallo 42 6,470 27.4% 32.8 1.4
Dothan 43 67,574 24.0% 38.6 1.2
Leeds 44 12,063 21.6% 38.2 1.2
Lincoln 45 6,321 19.1% 40.8 1.2
Huntsville 46 184,132 39.1% 37.7 1.3
Albertville 47 21,363 14.0% 39.2 1.3
Irondale 48 12,399 29.6% 38.6 1.2
Moores Mill 49 5,819 26.0% 37.1 1.6
Saraland 50 13,657 18.4% 38.9 1.3
Athens 51 23,335 27.2% 37.6 1.2
Hartselle 52 14,393 25.9% 39.0 1.4
Forestdale 53 10,168 22.9% 38.3 1.3
Decatur 54 55,641 23.1% 37.8 1.3
Center Point 55 16,876 17.3% 38.0 1.3
Midfield 56 5,319 18.8% 38.3 1.4
Hueytown 57 15,956 15.4% 39.9 1.2
Rainbow City 58 9,623 25.4% 39.6 1.1
Cullman 59 14,933 21.0% 38.2 1.0
Mobile 60 194,942 26.7% 38.6 1.2
Phenix City 61 35,753 19.6% 39.6 1.2
Florence 62 39,738 26.7% 35.8 1.0
Oxford 63 21,250 17.6% 39.3 1.4
Clanton 64 8,672 16.3% 41.9 1.2
Jacksonville 65 12,416 31.3% 34.4 1.3
Arab 66 8,241 22.7% 38.7 1.1
Tallassee 67 5,011 21.2% 41.6 1.1
Valley 68 9,456 14.4% 40.1 1.2
Tillmans Corner 69 19,105 13.4% 39.5 1.3
Gulf Shores 70 10,523 30.5% 40.7 1.2
Boaz 71 9,781 18.5% 38.9 1.2
Oneonta 72 6,623 15.1% 41.1 1.1
Jasper 73 14,247 20.7% 38.6 1.2
Guntersville 74 8,316 24.9% 38.8 1.1
Demopolis 75 7,323 23.0% 41.2 0.9
Wetumpka 76 7,136 16.3% 37.8 1.2
Greenville 77 7,974 21.1% 38.8 1.1
Tuskegee 78 9,435 24.4% 32.2 1.3
Eufaula 79 12,897 18.7% 38.8 1.2
Pell City 80 13,128 19.4% 38.5 1.1
Bay Minette 81 8,682 14.8% 36.8 1.2
Scottsboro 82 14,779 18.8% 38.2 1.1
Ozark 83 14,835 16.9% 37.5 1.1
Birmingham 84 211,705 23.1% 38.1 1.1
Fort Payne 85 14,115 12.7% 39.1 1.3
Fairfield 86 11,039 18.4% 37.2 1.2
Andalusia 87 9,048 19.9% 39.6 1.0
Foley 88 15,428 26.2% 38.3 1.0
Saks 89 10,445 16.5% 38.4 1.2
Theodore 90 6,051 13.0% 39.1 1.3
Sheffield 91 9,067 17.1% 37.0 1.0
Tuscumbia 92 8,565 20.8% 40.0 0.9
Brewton 93 5,426 22.5% 39.0 1.0
Daleville 94 5,233 13.7% 37.1 1.2
Hamilton 95 6,842 10.1% 39.2 1.1
Roanoke 96 6,013 10.5% 41.5 1.0
Jackson 97 5,116 17.3% 38.2 1.1
Alexander City 98 14,815 15.4% 39.8 1.0
Anniston 99 22,749 20.9% 37.6 1.1
Sylacauga 100 12,786 17.1% 38.5 1.1
Glencoe 101 5,137 15.0% 37.8 1.2
Opp 102 6,675 12.1% 40.3 1.1
Attalla 103 5,995 11.5% 39.7 1.2
Russellville 104 9,836 10.7% 38.3 1.1
Gadsden 105 36,621 15.2% 38.8 1.0
Chickasaw 106 6,026 11.2% 38.0 1.1
Monroeville 107 6,343 15.3% 38.7 1.1
Talladega 108 16,034 11.4% 39.1 1.2
Bessemer 109 27,202 12.8% 38.6 1.0
Atmore 110 10,096 9.0% 42.6 1.1
Selma 111 20,276 16.9% 38.1 1.0
Lanett 112 6,455 11.6% 39.5 1.0
Tarrant 113 6,331 10.8% 37.8 1.1
Prichard 114 22,475 9.6% 37.5 1.0
Childersburg 115 5,117 8.7% 38.7 1.0

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