These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Iowa

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

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

  1. Waukee
  2. North Liberty
  3. Grimes
  4. Clive
  5. Sioux Center
  6. Pleasant Hill
  7. Johnston
  8. Orange City
  9. Ankeny
  10. Coralville

So listen up Anamosa 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 Hawkeye 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 80 places in Iowa, we ranked each place from 1 to 80 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 Iowa”. And, at the end of the day, Waukee 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. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,944College Graduates: 50.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,503College Graduates: 48.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,037College Graduates: 49.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Clive

Clive, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,246College Graduates: 53.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,218College Graduates: 35.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 35.6
Workers Per Household: 1.7

6. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,011College Graduates: 33.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,874College Graduates: 59.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Orange City

Orange City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,130College Graduates: 36.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 34.2
Workers Per Household: 1.8

9. Ankeny

Ankeny, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,488College Graduates: 45.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Coralville

Coralville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,677College Graduates: 57.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Iowa

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Waukee 1 15,944 50.6% 40.2 1.6
North Liberty 2 14,503 48.4% 40.1 1.5
Grimes 3 9,037 49.1% 39.3 1.6
Clive 4 16,246 53.7% 39.5 1.5
Sioux Center 5 7,218 35.5% 35.6 1.7
Pleasant Hill 6 9,011 33.7% 39.7 1.5
Johnston 7 18,874 59.6% 40.1 1.4
Orange City 8 6,130 36.3% 34.2 1.8
Ankeny 9 49,488 45.2% 39.3 1.5
Coralville 10 19,677 57.6% 38.2 1.5
Urbandale 11 41,157 48.4% 40.0 1.5
Norwalk 12 9,444 34.9% 39.9 1.6
Decorah 13 8,058 40.9% 31.0 1.7
West Des Moines 14 59,815 52.4% 39.9 1.4
Glenwood 15 5,253 21.1% 38.5 1.4
Altoona 16 15,317 31.8% 39.7 1.5
Iowa City 17 70,597 58.8% 33.7 1.4
Bettendorf 18 34,247 48.3% 39.0 1.3
Marion 19 35,809 33.7% 39.0 1.4
Ames 20 61,276 62.8% 31.7 1.5
Hiawatha 21 7,109 34.3% 39.3 1.3
Pella 22 10,343 33.4% 33.2 1.5
Carroll 23 10,051 20.9% 39.7 1.3
Sheldon 24 5,047 24.7% 39.2 1.2
Cedar Falls 25 40,009 44.6% 33.4 1.6
Grinnell 26 9,136 33.7% 32.3 1.4
Waverly 27 9,998 37.6% 35.8 1.6
Clear Lake 28 7,718 28.4% 38.8 1.2
Cedar Rapids 29 128,009 30.9% 38.2 1.4
Eldridge 30 5,908 34.1% 39.0 1.4
De Witt 31 5,297 26.9% 38.1 1.3
Harlan 32 5,047 22.2% 38.9 1.1
Indianola 33 15,014 31.1% 36.3 1.5
Le Mars 34 9,783 18.0% 39.4 1.3
Algona 35 5,513 23.5% 39.1 1.1
Independence 36 5,955 23.1% 39.1 1.2
Mount Pleasant 37 8,682 21.0% 38.8 1.3
Fairfield 38 9,615 39.1% 37.2 1.2
Storm Lake 39 10,743 17.2% 37.1 1.6
Dubuque 40 58,068 28.9% 36.7 1.3
Nevada 41 6,794 22.1% 39.7 1.3
Sioux City 42 82,719 20.5% 37.8 1.4
Atlantic 43 6,983 21.1% 38.8 1.1
Cherokee 44 5,203 20.9% 40.7 1.1
Perry 45 7,986 14.2% 38.1 1.4
Des Moines 46 206,702 24.7% 37.9 1.4
Davenport 47 101,316 27.3% 37.6 1.3
Boone 48 12,619 21.6% 37.2 1.3
Denison 49 8,370 15.0% 39.6 1.4
Spencer 50 11,177 18.3% 39.2 1.2
Council Bluffs 51 62,261 17.5% 39.0 1.3
Marshalltown 52 27,749 20.1% 38.2 1.3
Estherville 53 6,177 14.5% 38.6 1.3
Shenandoah 54 5,079 17.7% 37.8 1.1
Mason City 55 27,775 20.9% 37.5 1.2
Muscatine 56 23,857 17.4% 38.0 1.3
Vinton 57 5,211 22.1% 38.9 1.1
Manchester 58 5,126 16.0% 39.0 1.2
Oelwein 59 6,321 15.1% 36.8 1.2
Creston 60 7,846 17.2% 38.1 1.3
Washington 61 7,315 21.4% 37.7 1.2
Oskaloosa 62 11,555 23.3% 36.1 1.2
Webster City 63 7,905 17.2% 38.4 1.2
Newton 64 15,139 19.5% 38.4 1.1
Clinton 65 26,611 18.4% 37.8 1.2
Waterloo 66 68,392 20.2% 38.4 1.2
Clarinda 67 5,490 18.5% 36.9 1.2
Centerville 68 5,480 19.1% 40.3 1.1
Fort Dodge 69 24,846 20.8% 36.5 1.2
Burlington 70 25,559 20.9% 37.5 1.1
Charles City 71 7,562 17.2% 37.4 1.1
Knoxville 72 7,257 16.9% 37.1 1.1
Maquoketa 73 6,064 14.7% 37.1 1.1
Iowa Falls 74 5,193 18.4% 36.8 1.2
Fort Madison 75 10,929 13.1% 38.7 1.3
Ottumwa 76 24,847 15.0% 37.8 1.2
Keokuk 77 10,742 16.3% 38.2 1.1
Winterset 78 5,165 15.1% 36.5 1.1
Red Oak 79 5,644 14.0% 38.7 1.1
Anamosa 80 5,526 9.9% 37.3 1.1

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