These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Kentucky

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

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

  1. Union
  2. Fort Wright
  3. Fort Mitchell
  4. Edgewood
  5. Wilmore
  6. Alexandria
  7. St. Matthews
  8. Jeffersontown
  9. Independence
  10. Fort Thomas

So listen up Middlesborough 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 Bluegrass 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 78 places in Kentucky, we ranked each place from 1 to 78 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 Kentucky”. And, at the end of the day, Union 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. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,569College Graduates: 50.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.7

2. Fort Wright

Fort Wright, Kentucky

Source: Http://Www.Fortwright.Com

Population: 5,726College Graduates: 46.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Fort Mitchell


Population: 8,209 College Graduates: 45.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Edgewood

Edgewood, Kentucky

Source: Http://New.Edgewoodky.Gov

Population: 8,665College Graduates: 49.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Wilmore

Wilmore, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,995College Graduates: 55.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 29.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Alexandria

Alexandria, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,654College Graduates: 30.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. St. Matthews

St. Matthews, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,686College Graduates: 49.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Jeffersontown

Jeffersontown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,862College Graduates: 35.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Independence

Independence, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,638College Graduates: 29.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,250College Graduates: 44.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Kentucky

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Union 1 5,569 50.0% 38.0 1.7
Fort Wright 2 5,726 46.3% 39.1 1.5
Fort Mitchell 3 8,209 45.0% 38.1 1.4
Edgewood 4 8,665 49.4% 38.4 1.4
Wilmore 5 5,995 55.2% 29.5 1.5
Alexandria 6 8,654 30.1% 38.1 1.5
St. Matthews 7 17,686 49.9% 39.3 1.3
Jeffersontown 8 26,862 35.9% 39.2 1.5
Independence 9 25,638 29.1% 38.5 1.6
Fort Thomas 10 16,250 44.1% 38.0 1.4
Lyndon 11 11,167 40.3% 39.5 1.3
Taylor Mill 12 6,682 27.8% 39.9 1.4
Villa Hills 13 7,359 47.7% 38.4 1.6
Middletown 14 7,333 43.1% 39.5 1.1
Cold Spring 15 6,093 37.2% 37.7 1.2
Douglass Hills 16 5,566 42.2% 36.1 1.4
Florence 17 31,038 26.6% 39.7 1.3
Lexington-Fayette 18 304,473 40.2% 37.5 1.4
Elsmere 19 8,451 16.8% 39.1 1.5
Georgetown 20 30,349 25.6% 38.8 1.5
Versailles 21 8,908 22.3% 39.9 1.4
Erlanger 22 18,370 23.1% 38.9 1.5
Mount Washington 23 11,956 19.2% 38.6 1.4
Shelbyville 24 14,558 18.8% 38.1 1.4
Bellevue 25 5,933 27.4% 37.6 1.3
Highland Heights 26 7,152 31.6% 32.6 1.7
Elizabethtown 27 29,464 27.0% 40.1 1.2
Berea 28 14,209 27.5% 33.0 1.3
Lawrenceburg 29 11,014 16.5% 38.9 1.3
Morehead 30 6,896 35.8% 33.0 1.2
Pikeville 31 7,313 36.5% 38.1 1.0
La Grange 32 8,283 21.8% 39.0 1.3
Vine Grove 33 5,296 27.7% 40.7 1.3
Louisville 34 605,762 27.4% 38.0 1.3
Nicholasville 35 28,483 21.2% 39.2 1.4
Richmond 36 32,706 30.0% 34.0 1.4
Williamsburg 37 5,260 32.9% 34.1 1.2
Shepherdsville 38 11,573 12.5% 38.7 1.5
Radcliff 39 22,939 18.5% 40.4 1.3
Owensboro 40 58,000 19.0% 38.0 1.1
Hazard 41 5,453 27.1% 42.5 1.1
Bowling Green 42 60,660 26.4% 35.7 1.4
Danville 43 16,471 25.0% 35.9 1.2
Oak Grove 44 7,522 14.1% 46.4 1.3
Mount Sterling 45 7,030 23.1% 40.6 1.2
Madisonville 46 19,807 15.1% 39.0 1.1
Murray 47 18,375 34.3% 33.2 1.3
Frankfort 48 27,389 25.5% 37.3 1.2
Hillview 49 7,785 10.1% 38.6 1.5
Somerset 50 11,311 15.8% 39.3 1.0
Covington 51 40,712 19.0% 38.2 1.2
Newport 52 15,467 18.7% 37.7 1.3
Winchester 53 18,363 18.0% 38.2 1.1
Paducah 54 25,046 22.7% 38.5 1.0
Henderson 55 28,840 16.7% 38.5 1.1
Paris 56 9,746 14.8% 37.5 1.2
Campbellsville 57 11,126 17.4% 37.2 1.1
Glasgow 58 14,152 17.4% 39.9 1.0
Dayton 59 5,382 9.5% 38.3 1.2
Ashland 60 21,551 18.8% 38.6 1.0
Maysville 61 8,951 14.3% 38.3 1.1
Flatwoods 62 7,483 16.4% 37.9 0.9
Shively 63 15,450 12.3% 37.1 1.1
Hopkinsville 64 32,507 17.5% 38.8 1.1
Bardstown 65 12,833 16.9% 37.0 1.2
London 66 8,062 14.7% 40.0 1.1
Franklin 67 8,563 13.8% 38.3 1.1
Princeton 68 6,274 16.8% 37.8 1.1
Russellville 69 6,998 14.1% 37.8 0.8
Lebanon 70 5,594 13.3% 36.1 1.0
Cynthiana 71 6,388 13.5% 37.1 1.0
Corbin 72 7,051 18.2% 38.6 1.0
Mayfield 73 10,091 15.6% 37.0 1.0
Harrodsburg 74 8,359 16.2% 38.2 1.0
Central City 75 5,932 5.6% 35.6 1.0
Monticello 76 6,163 8.5% 39.6 1.0
Leitchfield 77 6,781 7.9% 39.7 1.0
Middlesborough 78 10,035 10.9% 37.4 0.8