These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Maryland

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

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

  1. Poolesville
  2. Rockville
  3. Mount Airy
  4. Gaithersburg
  5. Bowie
  6. Takoma Park
  7. Hampstead
  8. Hyattsville
  9. College Park
  10. Walkersville

So listen up Cumberland 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 Old Line 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 41 places in Maryland, we ranked each place from 1 to 41 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 Maryland”. And, at the end of the day, Poolesville 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. Poolesville

Poolesville, Maryland

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Population: 5,042College Graduates: 54.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.7
Workers Per Household: 1.9

2. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,402College Graduates: 62.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,333College Graduates: 42.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,491College Graduates: 51.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,335College Graduates: 48.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.7

6. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,307College Graduates: 52.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.7

7. Hampstead

Hampstead, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,342College Graduates: 32.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,049College Graduates: 33.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.8

9. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,387College Graduates: 50.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 29.9
Workers Per Household: 2.3

10. Walkersville

Walkersville, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,966College Graduates: 42.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Maryland

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Poolesville 1 5,042 54.5% 36.7 1.9
Rockville 2 63,402 62.3% 39.7 1.5
Mount Airy 3 9,333 42.7% 37.9 1.6
Gaithersburg 4 63,491 51.6% 39.4 1.6
Bowie 5 56,335 48.0% 39.0 1.7
Takoma Park 6 17,307 52.8% 38.2 1.7
Hampstead 7 6,342 32.3% 37.9 1.6
Hyattsville 8 18,049 33.7% 39.0 1.8
College Park 9 31,387 50.0% 29.9 2.3
Walkersville 10 5,966 42.3% 37.2 1.5
Laurel 11 25,673 39.4% 40.1 1.6
Greenbelt 12 23,612 41.9% 38.0 1.6
Annapolis 13 38,599 45.7% 39.3 1.4
La Plata 14 8,903 31.7% 39.9 1.4
Chesapeake Beach 15 5,816 29.4% 38.2 1.6
Riverdale Park 16 7,119 23.2% 40.0 2.0
Fruitland 17 5,028 32.5% 38.8 1.5
Cheverly 18 6,307 44.7% 39.3 1.6
Frederick 19 66,646 37.6% 38.7 1.5
Taneytown 20 6,738 25.7% 38.6 1.4
Bel Air 21 10,240 37.8% 38.7 1.3
Mount Rainier 22 8,277 27.5% 38.3 1.6
Brunswick 23 6,006 26.9% 38.5 1.4
Westminster 24 18,656 29.3% 37.2 1.3
New Carrollton 25 12,412 21.2% 38.7 1.6
Havre de Grace 26 13,360 35.8% 39.4 1.3
Easton 27 16,541 30.0% 37.0 1.1
Cheste 28 5,221 34.7% 32.8 1.1
Bladensburg 29 9,371 13.4% 38.3 1.4
Thurmont 30 6,333 28.6% 39.4 1.4
Ocean City 31 7,093 33.5% 38.1 1.1
District Heights 32 5,977 16.0% 37.8 1.6
Elkton 33 15,673 21.6% 38.2 1.4
Glenarden 34 6,145 27.1% 37.6 1.4
Aberdeen 35 15,137 18.6% 37.9 1.4
Salisbury 36 31,334 27.8% 36.0 1.3
Frostburg 37 8,802 32.2% 32.5 1.3
Baltimore 38 622,271 27.7% 38.4 1.3
Cambridge 39 12,511 19.3% 38.7 1.2
Hagerstown 40 40,295 17.1% 38.5 1.2
Cumberland 41 20,557 17.3% 36.8 1.0