These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Newton
  2. Somerville
  3. Cambridge
  4. Franklin Town
  5. Melrose
  6. Waltham
  7. Watertown Town
  8. Medford
  9. Amesbury Town
  10. Marlborough

So listen up Fall River 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 Bay 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 53 places in Massachusetts, we ranked each place from 1 to 53 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 Massachusetts”. And, at the end of the day, Newton 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. Newton

Newton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,945College Graduates: 75.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,560College Graduates: 55.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,844College Graduates: 74.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Franklin Town

Franklin Town, Massachusetts

Source: Flickr

Population: 32,393College Graduates: 51.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.0
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,509College Graduates: 50.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Waltham

Waltham, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,908College Graduates: 48.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Watertown Town

Watertown Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,880College Graduates: 57.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,981College Graduates: 45.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,554College Graduates: 41.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Marlborough

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,141College Graduates: 39.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Massachusetts

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Newton 1 86,945 75.9% 38.3 1.5
Somerville 2 77,560 55.5% 38.5 1.6
Cambridge 3 106,844 74.7% 38.1 1.5
Franklin Town 4 32,393 51.5% 37.0 1.6
Melrose 5 27,509 50.5% 38.2 1.4
Waltham 6 61,908 48.4% 36.9 1.5
Watertown Town 7 32,880 57.7% 39.7 1.5
Medford 8 56,981 45.0% 37.7 1.5
Amesbury Town 9 16,554 41.9% 38.5 1.5
Marlborough 10 39,141 39.2% 39.2 1.5
Woburn 11 38,826 35.3% 39.2 1.5
Beverly 12 40,370 45.4% 36.6 1.5
Braintree Town 13 36,543 37.0% 38.0 1.6
Northampton 14 28,637 56.0% 33.9 1.4
Newburyport 15 17,662 57.8% 39.1 1.3
Boston 16 639,594 44.6% 37.3 1.5
Methuen Town 17 48,159 28.7% 37.6 1.5
Quincy 18 92,920 40.0% 38.8 1.4
Attleboro 19 43,774 30.2% 38.1 1.5
Malden 20 60,309 31.7% 37.8 1.6
Easthampton Town 21 16,066 30.8% 37.7 1.3
Peabody 22 51,868 28.8% 36.9 1.3
Agawam Town 23 28,626 27.8% 38.2 1.4
Winthrop Town 24 17,992 35.2% 38.2 1.4
Haverhill 25 61,769 28.7% 38.2 1.4
Westfield 26 41,371 30.2% 37.2 1.5
Weymouth Town 27 54,815 32.0% 37.7 1.4
Barnstable Town 28 44,750 37.5% 37.3 1.2
Everett 29 42,758 16.1% 36.9 1.6
Salem 30 42,321 38.1% 36.2 1.4
Chelsea 31 37,084 16.4% 36.6 1.7
Revere 32 53,258 19.0% 37.5 1.5
Gloucester 33 29,237 32.7% 36.5 1.3
Lowell 34 108,491 21.6% 36.9 1.5
Greenfield Town 35 17,484 27.1% 36.5 1.2
Leominster 36 40,954 26.4% 37.6 1.4
Worcester 37 182,511 30.1% 36.7 1.4
Lynn 38 91,289 19.3% 36.3 1.5
West Springfield Town 39 28,554 28.5% 37.1 1.3
Taunton 40 56,056 18.5% 37.7 1.4
Brockton 41 94,267 18.1% 36.5 1.5
Palmer Town 42 12,155 20.7% 36.9 1.3
Fitchburg 43 40,419 20.6% 35.9 1.4
Chicopee 44 55,603 17.8% 37.4 1.3
Southbridge Town 45 16,775 17.4% 36.6 1.3
Pittsfield 46 44,226 26.0% 36.4 1.2
Lawrence 47 77,364 11.9% 36.5 1.4
Gardner 48 20,279 17.4% 37.5 1.2
New Bedford 49 94,873 15.3% 36.7 1.2
Holyoke 50 40,079 23.2% 35.6 1.2
North Adams 51 13,563 21.1% 35.0 1.1
Springfield 52 153,836 17.9% 35.9 1.2
Fall River 53 88,756 13.8% 37.0 1.1