These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Colorado

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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 Colorado works hard, there’s a certain part of the Centennial State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Colorado .

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

  1. Erie
  2. Superior
  3. Eagle
  4. Avon
  5. Parker
  6. Lone Tree
  7. Gypsum
  8. Cherry Hills Village
  9. Greenwood Village
  10. Vail

So listen up La Junta 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 Centennial 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 79 places in Colorado, we ranked each place from 1 to 79 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 Colorado”. And, at the end of the day, Erie 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. Erie

Erie, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,305College Graduates: 57.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.7

2. Superior

Superior, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,716College Graduates: 78.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,511College Graduates: 49.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.9

4. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,384College Graduates: 43.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.8

5. Parker

Parker, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,515College Graduates: 51.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.6

6. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,328College Graduates: 65.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Gypsum

Gypsum, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,587College Graduates: 35.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 2.2

8. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,234College Graduates: 77.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.5
Workers Per Household: 1.3

9. Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,546College Graduates: 73.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Vail

Vail, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,280College Graduates: 55.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Colorado

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Erie 1 19,305 57.2% 39.9 1.7
Superior 2 12,716 78.0% 38.3 1.7
Eagle 3 6,511 49.9% 40.4 1.9
Avon 4 6,384 43.8% 40.0 1.8
Parker 5 47,515 51.6% 40.0 1.6
Lone Tree 6 12,328 65.2% 41.5 1.5
Gypsum 7 6,587 35.0% 40.3 2.2
Cherry Hills Village 8 6,234 77.5% 41.5 1.3
Greenwood Village 9 14,546 73.8% 39.9 1.3
Vail 10 5,280 55.6% 40.4 1.6
Wellington 11 6,634 27.7% 40.2 1.5
Castle Rock 12 51,802 46.6% 39.8 1.6
Castle Pines 13 10,626 66.0% 40.6 1.4
Firestone 14 10,908 35.6% 39.3 1.7
Monument 15 6,226 52.6% 37.9 1.6
Windsor 16 19,865 44.6% 39.9 1.5
Milliken 17 5,837 17.2% 39.9 1.7
John 18 11,639 27.5% 40.6 1.6
Centennial 19 104,213 54.0% 39.3 1.5
Louisville 20 19,171 70.5% 37.7 1.4
Durango 21 17,268 52.3% 36.6 1.5
Frederick 22 9,636 34.0% 38.5 1.6
Glenwood Springs 23 9,668 34.0% 38.5 1.5
Broomfield 24 59,027 49.5% 39.2 1.4
Steamboat Springs 25 12,044 53.4% 36.6 1.6
Aspen 26 6,700 62.6% 40.2 1.4
Lafayette 27 25,812 55.6% 38.4 1.5
Boulder 28 102,002 71.5% 34.0 1.4
Thornton 29 124,707 26.6% 39.8 1.6
Golden 30 19,759 53.5% 36.5 1.4
Commerce City 31 48,792 20.6% 39.5 1.6
Fort Collins 32 149,627 51.6% 35.5 1.5
Carbondale 33 6,464 42.7% 36.8 1.7
Manitou Springs 34 5,175 46.8% 39.6 1.2
Arvada 35 109,800 36.4% 38.9 1.4
Lochbuie 36 5,127 10.9% 38.6 1.5
Westminster 37 109,296 34.6% 39.1 1.5
Estes Park 38 6,022 44.7% 39.0 0.9
Littleton 39 43,710 44.6% 38.8 1.3
Gunnison 40 5,927 39.8% 32.5 1.8
Denver 41 633,777 43.7% 39.0 1.3
Brighton 42 35,004 18.5% 38.8 1.5
Longmont 43 88,547 37.1% 38.2 1.4
Loveland 44 70,093 34.0% 38.9 1.3
Fort Lupton 45 7,595 10.5% 40.9 1.4
Fruita 46 12,702 26.4% 38.4 1.4
Evans 47 19,535 16.0% 37.7 1.5
Lakewood 48 145,880 36.0% 38.4 1.3
Rifle 49 9,397 16.6% 39.2 1.6
Aurora 50 339,480 27.1% 38.7 1.5
Craig 51 9,092 15.2% 37.7 1.4
Fountain 52 26,881 22.6% 42.2 1.4
Woodland Park 53 7,187 36.5% 38.9 1.4
Colorado Springs 54 433,547 36.3% 38.6 1.4
Englewood 55 31,298 33.2% 38.8 1.3
Northglenn 56 37,075 18.1% 38.6 1.5
Salida 57 5,329 33.1% 39.5 1.1
Wheat Ridge 58 30,655 33.9% 38.9 1.2
Fort Morgan 59 11,397 11.9% 40.5 1.3
Greeley 60 95,677 25.6% 37.5 1.4
Berthoud 61 5,323 31.2% 36.7 1.3
Federal Heights 62 11,835 9.7% 38.2 1.5
Grand Junction 63 59,731 29.5% 38.3 1.2
Edgewater 64 5,217 21.8% 39.2 1.3
Brush 65 5,493 16.1% 39.3 1.2
Sterling 66 14,709 14.7% 36.8 1.5
Trinidad 67 8,657 18.5% 37.0 1.2
Cortez 68 8,515 23.1% 38.2 1.2
Ca 69 16,410 19.1% 35.9 1.0
Ca 70 16,410 19.1% 35.9 1.0
Ca 71 16,410 19.1% 35.9 1.0
Ca 72 16,410 19.1% 35.9 1.0
Montrose 73 19,018 27.3% 38.0 1.1
Delta 74 8,801 18.7% 39.5 1.1
Alamosa 75 9,427 26.6% 34.0 1.1
Sheridan 76 5,819 11.6% 39.0 1.2
Lamar 77 7,810 12.4% 39.1 1.2
Pueblo 78 107,706 19.4% 36.8 1.1
La Junta 79 7,040 14.3% 38.6 1.1

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