These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Alaska

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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 keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

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

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Eielson Afb which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Alaska. 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 Alaska for a promotion:

  1. Eielson Afb
  2. Cordova
  3. Steele Creek
  4. Farmers Loop
  5. Goldstream
  6. Unalaska
  7. Gateway
  8. Ridgeway
  9. Chena Ridge
  10. Bear Creek

So listen up Barrow 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 Last Frontier

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 its 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 46 places in Alaska, we ranked each place from 1 to 46 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 Alaska”. And, at the end of the day, Eielson Afb had its 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. Eielson Afb

Eielson Afb, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,647College Graduates: 29.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.4
Workers Per Household: 2.1

2. Cordova

Cordova, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,637College Graduates: 28.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 46.2
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Steele Creek


Population: 6,180 College Graduates: 39.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Farmers Loop


Population: 4,062 College Graduates: 34.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Goldstream


Population: 3,910 College Graduates: 52.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Unalaska

Unalaska, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,536College Graduates: 15.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 52.6
Workers Per Household: 4.0

7. Gateway


Population: 5,367 College Graduates: 29.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Ridgeway


Population: 2,128 College Graduates: 27.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 46.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Chena Ridge


Population: 5,671 College Graduates: 49.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

10. Bear Creek


Population: 2,399 College Graduates: 23.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 44.8
Workers Per Household: 1.7

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Alaska

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Eielson AFB 1 2,647 29.0% 43.4 2.1
Cordova 2 2,637 28.8% 46.2 1.7
Steele Creek 3 6,180 39.9% 41.7 1.6
Farmers Loop 4 4,062 34.9% 42.7 1.4
Goldstream 5 3,910 52.8% 42.0 1.4
Unalaska 6 4,536 15.9% 52.6 4.0
Gateway 7 5,367 29.9% 41.3 1.6
Ridgeway 8 2,128 27.3% 46.7 1.4
Chena Ridge 9 5,671 49.3% 39.3 1.7
Bear Creek 10 2,399 23.8% 44.8 1.7
Fishhook 11 5,015 26.7% 40.8 1.6
Anchorage 12 298,178 32.9% 40.9 1.6
Kodiak 13 6,280 20.1% 42.1 2.0
College 14 14,568 39.3% 38.1 1.8
Nikiski 15 4,536 16.3% 45.6 1.4
Juneau 16 32,200 37.8% 40.0 1.5
Ester 17 2,653 32.9% 42.1 1.4
Butte 18 3,544 26.7% 40.3 1.6
Bethel 19 6,295 22.4% 42.8 1.7
Sitka 20 8,957 32.9% 41.7 1.4
North Pole 21 2,153 25.3% 42.2 1.4
Tanaina 22 9,391 20.1% 42.7 1.6
Valdez 23 4,002 20.6% 46.6 1.7
Badger 24 21,175 22.9% 41.8 1.6
Kalifornsky 25 7,806 24.0% 45.3 1.3
Knik-Fairview 26 15,797 18.6% 44.3 1.5
Lakes 27 9,345 20.9% 42.5 1.6
Nome 28 3,745 24.5% 42.3 1.6
Dillingham 29 2,255 26.1% 41.8 1.5
Homer 30 5,229 31.5% 41.6 1.3
Sterling 31 5,748 17.3% 43.8 1.4
Palmer 32 6,250 22.0% 41.3 1.4
Soldotna 33 4,345 26.0% 44.9 1.3
Seward 34 2,646 18.9% 44.5 1.3
Deltana 35 2,122 14.5% 39.9 1.4
Kenai 36 7,348 23.2% 43.1 1.3
Fairbanks 37 32,100 21.5% 42.4 1.5
Big Lake 38 3,959 18.7% 42.2 1.4
Kotzebue 39 3,273 19.5% 41.2 1.8
Wrangell 40 2,383 18.7% 42.9 1.0
Anchor Point 41 2,189 16.3% 44.4 1.1
Ketchikan 42 8,173 23.6% 42.0 1.3
Wasilla 43 8,406 18.9% 41.3 1.3
Houston 44 2,058 13.2% 44.3 1.3
Meadow Lakes 45 7,139 12.2% 42.6 1.3
Barrow 46 4,296 14.0% 39.5 1.6

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