These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Louisiana

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

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

  1. Youngsville
  2. Broussard
  3. Zachary
  4. Harahan
  5. Mandeville
  6. Central
  7. Scott
  8. Bossier City
  9. Lafayette
  10. Covington

So listen up Bogalusa 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 Pelican 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 64 places in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 64 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 Louisiana”. And, at the end of the day, Youngsville 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. Youngsville

Youngsville, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,358College Graduates: 35.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 44.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,041College Graduates: 27.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,579College Graduates: 33.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,324College Graduates: 27.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.6
Workers Per Household: 1.3

5. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102College Graduates: 44.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Central

Central, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,505College Graduates: 20.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,775College Graduates: 19.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.3
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,895College Graduates: 26.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 123,528College Graduates: 33.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,151College Graduates: 32.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.2

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Louisiana

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Youngsville 1 9,358 35.4% 44.7 1.5
Broussard 2 9,041 27.0% 42.5 1.4
Zachary 3 15,579 33.9% 40.1 1.5
Harahan 4 9,324 27.9% 38.6 1.3
Mandeville 5 12,102 44.7% 38.9 1.4
Central 6 27,505 20.2% 39.2 1.4
Scott 7 8,775 19.4% 42.3 1.4
Bossier City 8 64,895 26.1% 40.6 1.4
Lafayette 9 123,528 33.3% 39.2 1.3
Covington 10 9,151 32.9% 39.5 1.2
Kenner 11 66,926 22.4% 39.0 1.5
Walker 12 6,176 20.3% 40.2 1.5
DeRidder 13 10,846 21.6% 40.5 1.3
Thibodaux 14 14,570 23.5% 38.1 1.3
Houma 15 33,807 16.1% 42.4 1.3
Slidell 16 27,372 23.2% 38.6 1.4
Baton Rouge 17 229,353 32.7% 36.8 1.3
Hammond 18 20,207 28.7% 35.9 1.5
Ruston 19 22,149 44.4% 32.9 1.4
Shreveport 20 200,692 25.3% 39.2 1.2
Baker 21 13,838 17.9% 38.3 1.4
Ponchatoula 22 6,751 20.0% 40.9 1.2
Carencro 23 8,084 15.3% 41.5 1.3
Grambling 24 5,015 32.4% 32.1 1.5
New Orleans 25 368,471 34.4% 38.9 1.2
Gonzales 26 10,137 17.2% 38.9 1.3
Plaquemine 27 7,055 13.7% 39.0 1.2
Donaldsonville 28 7,507 13.6% 38.4 1.4
St. Gabriel 29 6,796 12.1% 40.9 1.4
Pineville 30 14,486 23.4% 38.4 1.2
Leesville 31 6,656 16.7% 41.6 1.2
St. Martinville 32 6,109 14.7% 41.2 1.2
West Monroe 33 13,073 18.9% 39.4 1.1
Gretna 34 17,801 17.4% 40.6 1.2
Patterson 35 6,100 10.7% 42.8 1.2
Sulphur 36 20,275 21.0% 39.1 1.2
Port Allen 37 5,150 18.0% 37.9 1.1
Lake Charles 38 73,503 23.6% 37.9 1.2
New Iberia 39 30,750 15.9% 41.9 1.2
Denham Springs 40 10,148 13.0% 40.2 1.3
Morgan City 41 12,153 14.6% 42.7 1.1
Monroe 42 49,455 27.1% 37.9 1.2
Natchitoches 43 18,460 24.7% 36.7 1.2
Rayne 44 7,984 8.6% 40.6 1.2
Breaux Bridge 45 8,232 15.5% 40.6 1.2
Alexandria 46 47,983 20.0% 38.7 1.2
Eunice 47 10,325 9.8% 40.1 1.1
Jennings 48 10,265 13.6% 40.8 1.1
Oakdale 49 7,741 10.3% 38.8 1.0
Marksville 50 5,635 11.0% 38.8 1.0
Minden 51 12,988 14.3% 37.9 1.1
Richwood 52 5,846 3.1% 37.8 1.1
Abbeville 53 12,341 9.3% 41.0 1.2
Tallulah 54 7,267 12.8% 36.8 1.3
Franklin 55 7,483 11.6% 42.5 1.1
Opelousas 56 16,668 11.8% 39.1 1.0
Springhill 57 5,239 17.8% 37.8 0.9
Crowley 58 13,219 10.4% 41.4 1.1
Mansfield 59 5,012 12.6% 36.8 1.1
Westwego 60 8,531 8.0% 42.3 1.1
Bastrop 61 11,075 11.9% 38.1 1.1
Jeanerette 62 5,547 8.1% 39.7 1.2
Ville Platte 63 7,336 9.6% 38.1 0.8
Bogalusa 64 12,071 10.0% 38.8 1.0