These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Idaho

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

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

  1. Hailey
  2. Star
  3. Meridian
  4. Ammon
  5. Eagle
  6. Kuna
  7. Boise City
  8. Preston
  9. Chubbuck
  10. Idaho Falls

So listen up Payette 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 Gem 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 32 places in Idaho, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 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 Idaho”. And, at the end of the day, Hailey 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. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,961College Graduates: 36.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379College Graduates: 23.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025College Graduates: 33.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257College Graduates: 33.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102College Graduates: 45.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188College Graduates: 22.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Boise City

Boise City, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,655College Graduates: 39.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.4
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,172College Graduates: 16.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117College Graduates: 23.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.3
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,935College Graduates: 25.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.0
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Idaho

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Hailey 1 7,961 36.1% 38.0 1.5
Star 2 6,379 23.5% 38.1 1.4
Meridian 3 81,025 33.3% 38.4 1.4
Ammon 4 14,257 33.0% 36.4 1.4
Eagle 5 21,102 45.9% 38.9 1.3
Kuna 6 16,188 22.2% 38.2 1.5
Boise City 7 211,655 39.1% 37.4 1.3
Preston 8 5,172 16.2% 37.8 1.4
Chubbuck 9 14,117 23.1% 37.3 1.3
Idaho Falls 10 57,935 25.5% 37.0 1.3
Moscow 11 24,406 55.4% 33.5 1.4
Pocatello 12 54,466 29.9% 36.3 1.4
Rexburg 13 26,301 38.6% 30.3 1.7
Blackfoot 14 11,891 22.3% 37.8 1.2
Twin Falls 15 45,362 17.5% 38.5 1.3
Mountain Home 16 13,871 13.7% 41.3 1.3
Post Falls 17 28,786 20.1% 38.5 1.3
Lewiston 18 32,178 22.2% 37.4 1.3
Hayden 19 13,588 20.3% 38.9 1.3
Middleton 20 5,898 14.5% 38.5 1.4
Caldwell 21 48,114 14.3% 37.6 1.4
Nampa 22 84,660 17.4% 37.4 1.4
Burley 23 10,352 14.1% 39.3 1.2
Rathdrum 24 7,046 18.8% 37.8 1.3
Sandpoint 25 7,497 21.2% 37.6 1.0
Coeur d’Alene 26 45,848 23.7% 36.9 1.2
Garden City 27 11,223 35.6% 37.7 1.2
Rupert 28 5,583 7.8% 39.8 1.3
Jerome 29 11,046 9.5% 40.8 1.3
Emmett 30 6,546 15.6% 37.4 1.0
Weiser 31 5,407 10.5% 37.0 1.2
Payette 32 7,447 8.9% 37.4 1.3