These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Arkansas

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

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

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

  1. Centerton
  2. Maumelle
  3. Lowell
  4. Bentonville
  5. Bryant
  6. Sherwood
  7. Rogers
  8. Greenwood
  9. Farmington
  10. Cabot

So listen up Osceola 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 Natural 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 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 62 places in Arkansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 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 Arkansas”. And, at the end of the day, Centerton 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. Centerton


Population: 10,278 College Graduates: 38.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,565College Graduates: 49.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Lowell

Lowell, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,756College Graduates: 30.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,572College Graduates: 44.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

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Population: 18,497College Graduates: 28.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,061College Graduates: 31.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Rogers

Rogers, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,944College Graduates: 27.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Greenwood


Population: 9,222 College Graduates: 27.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.6
Workers Per Household: 1.3

9. Farmington

Farmington, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,208College Graduates: 23.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Cabot

Cabot, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,768College Graduates: 24.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Arkansas

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Centerton 1 10,278 38.2% 41.0 1.5
Maumelle 2 17,565 49.5% 40.4 1.4
Lowell 3 7,756 30.0% 40.7 1.5
Bentonville 4 38,572 44.4% 42.4 1.4
Bryant 5 18,497 28.2% 39.9 1.4
Sherwood 6 30,061 31.7% 39.9 1.4
Rogers 7 58,944 27.3% 40.4 1.5
Greenwood 8 9,222 27.4% 41.6 1.3
Farmington 9 6,208 23.3% 40.4 1.4
Cabot 10 24,768 24.0% 40.2 1.4
Siloam Springs 11 15,614 21.9% 40.3 1.3
Conway 12 62,455 36.6% 38.2 1.4
Benton 13 32,208 27.3% 39.3 1.3
Marion 14 12,354 23.8% 40.7 1.5
White Hall 15 5,392 24.4% 39.8 1.4
Fayetteville 16 77,264 46.1% 35.7 1.3
Bella Vista 17 27,273 34.5% 41.8 1.0
Arkadelphia 18 10,703 35.7% 33.2 1.3
Little Rock 19 196,188 38.5% 38.8 1.3
Searcy 20 23,524 31.0% 36.6 1.2
Springdale 21 73,789 18.8% 38.4 1.4
Jacksonville 22 28,728 18.6% 39.5 1.3
Russellville 23 28,581 24.7% 36.4 1.4
East End 24 6,917 13.5% 40.3 1.3
Jonesboro 25 70,217 29.7% 37.7 1.3
Fort Smith 26 87,193 20.7% 38.9 1.2
Batesville 27 10,386 21.3% 37.3 1.2
North Little Rock 28 64,731 25.9% 38.3 1.2
Van Buren 29 22,955 17.4% 39.0 1.2
Hot Springs Village 30 13,510 36.0% 40.3 0.5
Stuttgart 31 9,269 14.9% 40.1 1.2
Beebe 32 7,688 14.5% 39.4 1.2
Berryville 33 5,329 11.1% 37.9 1.3
Magnolia 34 11,681 25.3% 35.4 1.2
Heber Springs 35 7,177 22.0% 39.9 1.2
Clarksville 36 9,286 18.0% 38.0 1.2
Harrison 37 13,103 19.3% 39.8 1.0
Paragould 38 26,859 15.5% 39.6 1.1
Morrilton 39 6,764 19.9% 39.6 1.1
Wynne 40 8,296 15.8% 39.3 1.2
Alma 41 5,514 15.7% 39.2 1.3
Mountain Home 42 12,338 19.6% 38.4 0.8
Texarkana 43 30,015 13.9% 38.8 1.2
Monticello 44 9,718 23.0% 36.1 1.3
Blytheville 45 15,251 18.5% 39.7 1.1
Malvern 46 10,695 13.0% 37.7 1.2
El Dorado 47 18,590 20.3% 38.6 1.1
Crossett 48 5,389 17.7% 40.1 1.1
Pocahontas 49 6,543 15.8% 38.5 1.0
De Queen 50 6,671 5.7% 39.6 1.5
Hot Springs 51 35,486 20.1% 37.9 1.0
Hope 52 10,033 13.5% 38.7 1.1
Pine Bluff 53 47,058 17.6% 38.2 1.1
Warren 54 5,918 11.5% 39.8 1.0
Camden 55 11,861 16.5% 38.3 1.0
Trumann 56 7,222 11.8% 39.8 1.1
Mena 57 5,701 12.5% 37.3 1.0
Helena-West Helena 58 11,795 15.2% 38.7 1.1
Forrest City 59 15,122 10.8% 37.0 1.2
West Memphis 60 25,767 11.3% 38.8 1.2
Newport 61 7,817 10.0% 39.3 0.9
Osceola 62 7,535 9.3% 37.3 1.2