These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Arizona

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by Chris Kolmar
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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 Arizona works hard, there’s a certain part of the Grand Canyon State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Arizona .

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

  1. Queen Creek
  2. Gilbert
  3. Chandler
  4. Maricopa
  5. Paradise Valley
  6. Litchfield Park
  7. Marana
  8. Sahuarita
  9. Scottsdale
  10. Goodyear

So listen up Apache Junction 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 Grand Canyon State

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 59 places in Arizona, we ranked each place from 1 to 59 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 Arizona”. And, at the end of the day, Queen Creek 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. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529College Graduates: 37.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,131College Graduates: 40.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,231College Graduates: 39.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,388College Graduates: 25.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243College Graduates: 70.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.1
Workers Per Household: 1.1

6. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,122College Graduates: 41.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.2

7. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,028College Graduates: 40.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441College Graduates: 35.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.5
Workers Per Household: 1.2

9. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,519College Graduates: 53.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.2

10. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,148College Graduates: 27.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Arizona

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Queen Creek 1 28,529 37.7% 39.7 1.5
Gilbert 2 223,131 40.3% 39.4 1.6
Chandler 3 245,231 39.7% 39.1 1.6
Maricopa 4 45,388 25.6% 40.6 1.5
Paradise Valley 5 13,243 70.6% 43.1 1.1
Litchfield Park 6 5,122 41.9% 40.3 1.2
Marana 7 37,028 40.1% 40.2 1.4
Sahuarita 8 26,441 35.2% 40.5 1.2
Scottsdale 9 223,519 53.2% 40.1 1.2
Goodyear 10 70,148 27.0% 39.2 1.4
Peoria 11 160,231 27.5% 39.1 1.4
Cave Creek 12 5,014 49.8% 37.8 1.2
Flagstaff 13 67,419 42.8% 34.5 1.7
Tempe 14 166,975 41.0% 36.1 1.6
Sierra Vista 15 45,365 31.4% 39.8 1.3
Avondale 16 77,912 18.9% 38.5 1.7
Oro Valley 17 41,493 50.8% 38.1 1.1
Phoenix 18 1,490,758 26.5% 38.7 1.4
Fountain Hills 19 23,051 45.2% 39.1 1.0
Page 20 7,374 20.3% 38.7 1.6
Buckeye 21 54,927 16.2% 39.5 1.4
Glendale 22 231,978 21.6% 38.3 1.4
Mesa 23 452,091 24.3% 37.9 1.3
Snowflake 24 5,595 18.2% 35.3 1.3
Surprise 25 121,648 28.3% 38.8 1.2
Globe 26 7,463 18.3% 39.4 1.2
El Mirage 27 32,600 14.0% 37.4 1.5
Sedona 28 10,092 47.1% 37.0 1.0
Tucson 29 525,031 25.0% 36.4 1.3
Yuma 30 93,078 16.1% 40.6 1.3
Holbrook 31 5,003 15.1% 38.2 1.4
Bisbee 32 5,475 27.6% 35.2 0.9
Wickenburg 33 6,629 21.1% 37.5 0.7
Casa Grande 34 50,316 17.7% 39.5 1.2
Prescott Valley 35 39,575 18.3% 37.6 1.2
Payson 36 15,234 21.5% 36.9 0.9
Chino Valley 37 10,879 16.4% 36.9 1.0
San Luis 38 30,139 8.6% 39.5 1.4
Prescott 39 40,130 38.4% 35.8 0.8
Florence 40 26,513 7.7% 41.0 0.7
Somerton 41 14,679 6.6% 39.2 1.4
Kingman 42 28,381 13.7% 39.0 1.1
Nogales 43 20,699 14.8% 36.3 1.3
Winslow 44 9,570 10.8% 39.8 1.3
Tolleson 45 6,707 8.3% 38.4 1.3
Safford 46 9,574 13.3% 38.1 1.2
Benson 47 5,075 19.2% 37.0 0.7
Coolidge 48 12,058 10.2% 36.8 1.3
Youn 49 6,299 14.2% 37.7 1.1
Guadalupe 50 5,892 5.6% 34.0 1.6
Lake Havasu City 51 52,827 14.5% 37.6 1.0
Camp Verde 52 10,965 15.1% 35.6 1.1
Show Low 53 10,754 16.5% 36.4 1.1
Cottonwood 54 11,358 16.1% 36.3 1.0
South Tucson 55 5,675 4.3% 37.2 1.4
Eloy 56 17,062 6.3% 39.2 1.1
Douglas 57 17,137 9.6% 35.6 1.1
Bullhead City 58 39,480 13.1% 37.0 1.0
Apache Junction 59 36,965 12.9% 37.4 0.9

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