These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Connecticut

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

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

  1. Stamford
  2. Shelton
  3. Milford
  4. Danbury
  5. Norwalk
  6. Middletown
  7. Naugatuck
  8. Derby
  9. Groton
  10. West Haven

So listen up Hartford 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 Constitution 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 21 places in Connecticut, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 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 Connecticut”. And, at the end of the day, Stamford 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. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401College Graduates: 45.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472College Graduates: 37.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509College Graduates: 39.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781College Graduates: 30.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.6
Workers Per Household: 1.7

5. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,214College Graduates: 41.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,424College Graduates: 35.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,790College Graduates: 24.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,837College Graduates: 26.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348College Graduates: 27.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.9
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,290College Graduates: 21.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Connecticut

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Stamford 1 125,401 45.8% 39.2 1.6
Shelton 2 40,472 37.8% 38.8 1.5
Milford 3 51,509 39.6% 38.5 1.4
Danbury 4 82,781 30.5% 37.6 1.7
Norwalk 5 87,214 41.1% 38.7 1.5
Middletown 6 47,424 35.8% 37.0 1.4
Naugatuck 7 31,790 24.5% 37.5 1.5
Derby 8 12,837 26.7% 37.3 1.5
Groton 9 9,348 27.0% 37.9 1.3
West Haven 10 55,290 21.2% 36.4 1.5
Bristol 11 60,556 23.7% 38.2 1.3
Torrington 12 35,774 20.8% 37.3 1.3
New London 13 27,536 21.1% 36.2 1.5
Bridgeport 14 146,680 16.5% 36.4 1.6
Meriden 15 60,616 18.8% 38.3 1.4
New Haven 16 130,553 33.6% 35.9 1.4
Norwich 17 40,378 20.1% 37.1 1.4
Ansonia 18 19,128 16.3% 37.1 1.4
New Britain 19 73,095 18.4% 36.1 1.4
Waterbury 20 109,887 16.0% 36.9 1.3
Hartford 21 125,211 15.0% 34.6 1.3