These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Kansas

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

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

  1. Andover
  2. Leawood
  3. Roeland Park
  4. Olathe
  5. Shawnee
  6. Bel Aire
  7. Derby
  8. Lenexa
  9. Prairie Village
  10. Valley Center

So listen up Iola 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 Sunflower 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 59 places in Kansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 59 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 Kansas”. And, at the end of the day, Andover 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. Andover


Population: 12,113 College Graduates: 47.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Leawood


Population: 32,842 College Graduates: 74.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.3

3. Roeland Park

Roeland Park, Kansas

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Population: 6,799College Graduates: 49.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Olathe

Olathe, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,913College Graduates: 45.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Shawnee

Shawnee, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,597College Graduates: 43.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Bel Aire


Population: 6,923 College Graduates: 52.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

7. Derby


Population: 23,419 College Graduates: 37.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Lenexa


Population: 49,573 College Graduates: 54.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,730College Graduates: 67.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.2

10. Valley Center


Population: 6,449 College Graduates: 29.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Kansas

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Andover 1 12,113 47.8% 39.9 1.5
Leawood 2 32,842 74.3% 40.8 1.3
Roeland Park 3 6,799 49.2% 38.3 1.5
Olathe 4 129,913 45.0% 38.7 1.6
Shawnee 5 63,597 43.1% 39.4 1.5
Bel Aire 6 6,923 52.4% 38.8 1.6
Derby 7 23,419 37.6% 39.1 1.5
Lenexa 8 49,573 54.3% 39.7 1.5
Prairie Village 9 21,730 67.5% 39.5 1.2
Valley Center 10 6,449 29.1% 39.3 1.5
Spring Hill 11 5,618 26.7% 39.7 1.6
Colby 12 5,411 28.9% 39.7 1.4
Overland Park 13 178,945 57.4% 39.3 1.4
Gardner 14 20,128 29.0% 40.6 1.6
Mulvane 15 6,000 37.9% 37.7 1.4
Lansing 16 11,535 31.6% 39.9 1.5
Mission 17 9,451 52.7% 39.7 1.2
Manhattan 18 55,112 51.7% 34.6 1.5
Merriam 19 11,191 33.4% 39.3 1.4
Hays 20 20,886 35.2% 38.1 1.5
McPherson 21 13,205 28.7% 39.8 1.3
Lawrence 22 90,194 53.4% 34.0 1.5
Garden City 23 26,924 17.8% 39.6 1.5
Eudora 24 6,152 33.6% 41.0 1.4
De Soto 25 5,888 25.1% 37.0 1.5
Park City 26 7,194 22.2% 39.2 1.5
Pittsburg 27 20,336 34.0% 34.8 1.3
Salina 28 47,894 23.9% 38.1 1.3
Dodge City 29 27,950 15.9% 39.8 1.6
Paola 30 5,589 24.2% 37.3 1.3
Newton 31 19,144 24.0% 38.1 1.3
Wichita 32 385,518 28.8% 38.5 1.3
Junction City 33 24,691 20.2% 42.4 1.4
Ulysses 34 6,010 19.8% 41.8 1.5
Haysville 35 11,235 17.5% 39.2 1.4
Bonner Springs 36 7,420 20.6% 38.2 1.4
Pratt 37 6,889 23.1% 39.4 1.1
Fort Scott 38 7,957 22.2% 37.2 1.2
Leavenworth 39 35,738 30.3% 37.9 1.3
Abilene 40 6,729 19.8% 39.2 1.2
Emporia 41 24,787 25.5% 36.0 1.4
Liberal 42 20,846 12.4% 39.7 1.6
Winfield 43 12,324 23.0% 38.0 1.3
El Dorado 44 12,931 20.2% 38.3 1.2
Ottawa 45 12,548 20.5% 37.0 1.3
Atchison 46 10,920 22.0% 35.6 1.4
Topeka 47 127,660 27.5% 37.8 1.2
Augusta 48 9,239 22.8% 39.5 1.2
Hutchinson 49 41,946 19.6% 38.6 1.2
Parsons 50 10,307 23.1% 38.0 1.2
Chanute 51 9,194 18.1% 37.1 1.2
Wellington 52 8,028 17.7% 38.7 1.3
Great Bend 53 15,942 16.8% 40.7 1.2
Kansas City 54 147,598 15.5% 38.3 1.3
Concordia 55 5,327 19.3% 37.0 1.2
Independence 56 9,282 20.3% 39.0 1.2
Coffeyville 57 10,034 13.0% 38.2 1.2
Arkansas City 58 12,316 15.7% 36.9 1.2
Iola 59 5,650 16.8% 37.1 1.1

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