These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Georgia

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

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

  1. Suwanee
  2. Milton
  3. Johns Creek
  4. Brookhaven
  5. Druid Hills
  6. Evans
  7. Roswell
  8. Holly Springs
  9. Flowery Branch
  10. Pooler

So listen up Cordele 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 Peach 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 156 places in Georgia, we ranked each place from 1 to 156 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 Georgia”. And, at the end of the day, Suwanee 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. Suwanee

Suwanee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,648College Graduates: 51.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,874College Graduates: 66.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,979College Graduates: 63.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Brookhaven

Brookhaven, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,181College Graduates: 57.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Druid Hills


Population: 14,439 College Graduates: 81.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 35.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Evans


Population: 32,591 College Graduates: 44.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Roswell

Roswell, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,364College Graduates: 55.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,678College Graduates: 42.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,012College Graduates: 41.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Pooler

Pooler, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,646College Graduates: 40.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Georgia

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Suwanee 1 16,648 51.9% 40.9 1.6
Milton 2 34,874 66.8% 42.0 1.4
Johns Creek 3 80,979 63.8% 39.9 1.6
Brookhaven 4 50,181 57.7% 40.8 1.4
Druid Hills 5 14,439 81.8% 35.3 1.5
Evans 6 32,591 44.5% 39.8 1.5
Roswell 7 92,364 55.4% 39.9 1.5
Holly Springs 8 9,678 42.6% 40.8 1.5
Flowery Branch 9 6,012 41.4% 42.0 1.5
Pooler 10 20,646 40.3% 40.9 1.4
Alpharetta 11 60,903 62.4% 39.9 1.4
Richmond Hill 12 10,334 38.0% 39.9 1.5
Peachtree Corners 13 39,381 52.5% 39.7 1.5
Chamblee 14 15,835 39.7% 38.3 1.7
Woodstock 15 25,672 43.3% 40.3 1.4
Georgetown 16 12,235 27.9% 39.0 1.5
Smyrna 17 52,922 51.5% 41.0 1.4
Braselton 18 8,212 42.9% 40.7 1.5
Peachtree City 19 34,701 53.5% 39.7 1.4
Sandy Springs 20 98,480 58.3% 39.9 1.4
Centerville 21 7,468 24.0% 40.2 1.5
Decatur 22 19,888 71.2% 39.9 1.3
Wilmington Island 23 15,338 46.6% 39.6 1.3
Mountain Park 24 12,510 40.5% 39.5 1.4
Martinez 25 36,190 33.5% 39.3 1.5
Rincon 26 9,273 27.1% 40.8 1.4
Duluth 27 27,821 41.1% 39.2 1.4
Kennesaw 28 31,358 38.0% 38.3 1.5
Port Wentworth 29 6,189 29.9% 39.6 1.4
Dunwoody 30 47,182 66.4% 40.3 1.3
Mableton 31 40,521 34.7% 39.6 1.5
Dahlonega 32 5,884 40.9% 33.8 1.4
Vinings 33 10,221 62.9% 41.5 1.2
Whitemarsh Island 34 7,139 49.3% 41.2 1.2
Norcross 35 15,799 24.9% 39.4 1.7
North Druid Hills 36 17,996 67.1% 39.3 1.3
Doraville 37 10,513 18.3% 39.9 1.9
Lilburn 38 12,162 30.7% 38.5 1.6
Sugar Hill 39 19,688 29.9% 37.7 1.7
Acworth 40 21,169 30.6% 39.1 1.4
Tyrone 41 7,028 40.4% 38.5 1.5
Tucker 42 28,343 46.8% 39.8 1.4
Jefferson 43 9,630 27.9% 41.6 1.3
Marietta 44 58,436 36.1% 37.7 1.5
Fayetteville 45 16,323 41.3% 39.2 1.3
Gainesville 46 34,938 23.7% 38.4 1.5
Canton 47 23,841 25.3% 39.0 1.4
Snellville 48 18,939 31.2% 39.0 1.5
Loganville 49 10,711 19.0% 38.3 1.5
Morrow 50 6,837 18.7% 38.9 1.7
Grovetown 51 12,179 22.8% 39.3 1.5
North Decatur 52 17,023 61.9% 39.5 1.2
Auburn 53 7,388 13.6% 38.2 1.6
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County unified government 54 11,846 31.5% 47.3 2.7
Buford 55 12,864 19.0% 37.3 1.5
Skidaway Island 56 7,798 70.9% 39.5 0.7
Newnan 57 34,457 29.7% 40.4 1.3
Kingsland 58 16,147 19.9% 39.7 1.4
Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) 59 118,514 39.3% 34.1 1.4
St. Simons 60 12,807 55.3% 41.1 1.0
Irondale 61 7,927 24.9% 35.2 1.5
Stockbridge 62 26,992 30.7% 39.3 1.4
Powder Springs 63 14,271 29.5% 39.6 1.4
St. Marys 64 17,555 24.7% 41.0 1.4
Redan 65 33,603 25.3% 38.1 1.7
Douglasville 66 31,573 27.9% 38.8 1.3
Atlanta 67 440,641 47.1% 38.8 1.3
Cartersville 68 19,858 22.3% 38.6 1.2
Bremen 69 6,204 31.0% 39.8 1.2
Columbus 70 198,247 23.7% 40.2 1.3
Hinesville 71 34,253 20.5% 42.1 1.4
Lawrenceville 72 29,364 20.3% 38.8 1.5
Fairburn 73 13,520 21.3% 38.9 1.5
Dallas 74 12,129 20.6% 39.4 1.4
Calhoun 75 15,837 17.5% 39.4 1.2
Fort Stewart 76 5,325 22.0% 51.1 2.8
Scottdale 77 9,847 39.3% 37.9 1.4
Locust Grove 78 5,573 17.9% 36.0 1.5
McRae 79 5,762 20.6% 40.5 0.8
Statesboro 80 29,630 28.3% 30.3 1.3
Savannah 81 141,298 26.9% 37.7 1.3
Stone Mountain 82 5,924 26.9% 35.1 1.4
Lovejoy 83 6,433 18.5% 39.3 1.6
Villa Rica 84 14,266 26.1% 40.3 1.3
Warner Robins 85 71,359 21.4% 38.5 1.3
Dalton 86 33,336 18.4% 38.6 1.4
Austell 87 6,944 20.9% 38.5 1.4
Perry 88 14,714 21.3% 38.3 1.4
Carrollton 89 25,138 29.6% 34.4 1.4
Glennville 90 5,166 14.3% 39.0 1.1
Conyers 91 15,456 17.4% 39.0 1.4
Cumming 92 5,538 19.8% 39.4 1.4
McDonough 93 22,560 20.8% 39.3 1.3
Hampton 94 7,092 18.9% 36.1 1.7
Hapeville 95 6,611 18.9% 40.2 1.3
Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance) 96 196,551 20.5% 38.8 1.3
East Point 97 35,070 25.0% 36.6 1.4
Belvedere Park 98 16,446 23.8% 36.7 1.5
Clarkston 99 7,717 16.3% 37.4 1.5
Winder 100 14,495 15.3% 39.0 1.4
Gresham Park 101 7,947 18.9% 37.8 1.4
Riverdale 102 15,496 16.6% 38.4 1.5
Valdosta 103 56,324 24.4% 36.0 1.3
Adel 104 5,294 16.3% 36.9 1.2
Garden City 105 8,924 12.9% 38.2 1.2
LaGrange 106 30,138 20.8% 39.4 1.3
Covington 107 13,342 13.8% 38.0 1.3
Douglas 108 11,738 15.4% 37.4 1.1
College Park 109 14,019 19.2% 37.3 1.3
Lithia Springs 110 16,384 17.1% 39.8 1.4
Eatonton 111 6,489 10.3% 38.6 1.3
Fort Oglethorpe 112 9,368 14.5% 39.2 1.2
Folkston 113 5,233 13.1% 37.8 1.7
Toccoa 114 8,327 21.7% 36.6 1.3
Vidalia 115 10,596 21.1% 38.5 1.1
Fair Oaks 116 8,533 10.6% 37.9 1.7
Rome 117 36,099 20.9% 38.3 1.2
Tifton 118 16,589 16.2% 36.5 1.1
Camilla 119 5,078 20.2% 39.2 1.1
Country Club Estates 120 9,091 13.3% 38.3 1.3
Milledgeville 121 18,840 18.6% 33.5 1.2
Dublin 122 16,200 17.6% 37.5 0.9
Waynesboro 123 5,820 13.2% 38.8 1.0
Bainbridge 124 12,600 19.6% 39.4 0.9
Commerce 125 6,535 11.3% 39.2 1.3
Forest Park 126 18,783 8.0% 38.4 1.5
Sandersville 127 5,839 17.5% 36.6 1.1
Union City 128 20,200 20.2% 37.0 1.1
Candler-McAfee 129 22,345 15.4% 37.6 1.3
Griffin 130 23,425 18.4% 38.2 1.1
Panthersville 131 9,474 14.9% 36.3 1.4
Jesup 132 10,275 12.3% 38.1 1.0
Thomasville 133 18,558 21.2% 38.2 1.0
Lakeview 134 5,603 13.0% 38.0 1.2
Eastman 135 5,442 14.4% 37.9 1.0
Fort Valley 136 9,448 16.7% 33.1 1.3
Barnesville 137 6,617 17.2% 34.0 1.3
Moultrie 138 14,467 11.7% 36.5 1.0
Americus 139 16,557 22.8% 36.2 1.1
Fairview 140 7,381 11.3% 36.5 1.3
Monroe 141 13,427 11.7% 38.6 1.2
Conley 142 5,679 6.6% 37.5 1.5
Waycross 143 14,363 13.5% 38.2 0.8
Brunswick 144 15,648 11.5% 37.0 1.3
Albany 145 76,946 16.7% 37.3 1.2
Sylvester 146 6,180 9.9% 37.8 1.2
Dock Junction 147 7,261 14.2% 37.4 1.2
Thomson 148 6,682 12.2% 36.9 1.0
Fitzgerald 149 9,054 12.8% 37.0 1.0
Swainsboro 150 7,431 6.8% 35.5 1.3
Cairo 151 9,750 14.3% 38.9 1.0
LaFayette 152 7,105 12.8% 39.6 0.9
Hawkinsville 153 5,588 11.1% 37.4 1.2
Thomaston 154 9,068 13.5% 36.8 1.0
Cedartown 155 9,760 10.5% 38.1 1.1
Cordele 156 11,177 10.2% 35.7 1.2