These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Michigan

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

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

  1. Huntington Woods
  2. East Grand Rapids
  3. Grosse Pointe Park
  4. Beverly Hills
  5. Novi
  6. Birmingham
  7. Royal Oak
  8. Troy
  9. Rochester Hills
  10. Grosse Pointe Woods

So listen up Muskegon Heights 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 Wolverine 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 149 places in Michigan, we ranked each place from 1 to 149 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 Michigan”. And, at the end of the day, Huntington Woods 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. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310College Graduates: 79.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999College Graduates: 76.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,412College Graduates: 66.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368College Graduates: 68.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887College Graduates: 55.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382College Graduates: 77.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.3
Workers Per Household: 1.3

7. Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,382College Graduates: 51.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Troy

Troy, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,106College Graduates: 57.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,195College Graduates: 52.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Grosse Pointe Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,943College Graduates: 57.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Michigan

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Huntington Woods 1 6,310 79.4% 40.1 1.5
East Grand Rapids 2 10,999 76.4% 38.1 1.4
Grosse Pointe Park 3 11,412 66.0% 40.1 1.4
Beverly Hills 4 10,368 68.9% 40.8 1.4
Novi 5 56,887 55.9% 39.8 1.3
Birmingham 6 20,382 77.4% 42.3 1.3
Royal Oak 7 58,382 51.1% 40.8 1.3
Troy 8 82,106 57.7% 39.0 1.4
Rochester Hills 9 72,195 52.4% 38.8 1.4
Grosse Pointe Woods 10 15,943 57.7% 38.7 1.4
Rochester 11 12,872 60.0% 39.8 1.3
Saline 12 9,000 55.7% 38.0 1.3
Berkley 13 15,136 47.2% 39.3 1.4
New Baltimore 14 12,144 25.9% 40.3 1.4
Wixom 15 13,640 40.8% 39.4 1.3
Ann Arbor 16 115,985 70.9% 34.5 1.4
Rockford 17 5,876 38.5% 37.7 1.3
Farmington Hills 18 80,682 52.8% 39.1 1.3
Grandville 19 15,613 33.3% 37.4 1.4
East Lansing 20 48,611 69.8% 27.8 1.7
Milan 21 5,724 29.6% 38.9 1.5
Livonia 22 95,888 35.8% 38.1 1.4
Kentwood 23 49,736 33.1% 37.9 1.4
Grosse Pointe Farms 24 9,371 70.1% 39.7 1.2
Milford 25 6,325 40.7% 38.9 1.4
Plymouth 26 9,029 53.4% 40.0 1.2
Northville 27 6,001 63.5% 39.3 1.3
Auburn Hills 28 21,639 39.9% 37.0 1.4
Walker 29 24,015 30.6% 37.6 1.3
Houghton 30 7,897 51.1% 31.8 1.4
Traverse City 31 15,006 40.6% 37.4 1.3
St. Joseph 32 8,310 41.0% 38.8 1.2
Ferndale 33 20,102 41.0% 39.8 1.4
Mason 34 8,266 25.5% 37.5 1.3
Hudsonville 35 7,217 25.7% 38.3 1.5
Portage 36 47,137 40.2% 38.3 1.3
Holland 37 33,342 30.4% 35.3 1.4
Woodhaven 38 12,747 23.1% 38.9 1.3
Clawson 39 11,943 32.4% 38.9 1.3
Grand Ledge 40 7,779 25.9% 36.0 1.3
Farmington 41 10,472 54.2% 38.9 1.2
Marquette 42 21,430 35.8% 33.3 1.4
Brighton 43 7,562 40.0% 39.8 1.1
South Lyon 44 11,514 36.7% 38.9 1.2
Sterling Heights 45 130,604 26.7% 38.1 1.4
Grosse Pointe 46 5,350 70.2% 39.7 1.2
Wyoming 47 73,434 20.4% 37.3 1.5
Petoskey 48 5,705 41.9% 36.4 1.2
Mount Pleasant 49 26,095 40.8% 29.6 1.7
Midland 50 42,067 42.2% 37.7 1.2
Ypsilanti 51 19,844 36.0% 32.0 1.5
Grand Rapids 52 190,739 30.7% 35.9 1.4
Marshall 53 7,054 29.1% 38.5 1.2
Howell 54 9,543 22.1% 38.6 1.2
Fenton 55 11,601 27.5% 37.6 1.3
Kalamazoo 56 75,190 33.1% 33.7 1.4
Chelsea 57 5,085 42.3% 37.7 1.0
Allen Park 58 27,869 22.9% 37.5 1.3
Tecumseh 59 8,407 22.0% 37.5 1.2
Harper Woods 60 14,058 25.3% 37.6 1.3
Dearborn 61 96,739 29.2% 37.4 1.2
Norton Shores 62 23,941 28.5% 37.0 1.2
Oak Park 63 29,622 28.6% 36.8 1.3
Walled Lake 64 7,065 26.6% 38.2 1.2
Ishpeming 65 6,514 20.4% 34.4 1.2
Big Rapids 66 10,543 31.6% 31.2 1.8
Flat Rock 67 9,859 19.8% 38.2 1.3
Grand Haven 68 10,687 31.8% 38.6 1.2
Marysville 69 9,842 24.4% 37.9 1.2
Iron Mountain 70 7,593 21.0% 37.6 1.0
St. Clair Shores 71 59,865 23.7% 38.6 1.2
Fraser 72 14,544 20.0% 38.5 1.2
Madison Heights 73 30,028 21.8% 38.2 1.3
Westland 74 83,188 17.7% 37.9 1.3
Richmond 75 5,806 15.8% 38.7 1.2
Monroe 76 20,455 18.8% 37.7 1.2
Garden City 77 27,356 11.8% 37.6 1.4
Holly 78 6,142 13.8% 38.1 1.4
Riverview 79 12,347 21.9% 37.4 1.2
Wyandotte 80 25,470 16.5% 38.6 1.3
Trenton 81 18,635 25.9% 37.7 1.1
Grand Blanc 82 8,147 41.0% 38.5 1.1
St. Clair 83 5,428 25.2% 37.2 1.1
Southgate 84 29,710 16.3% 39.1 1.2
Zeeland 85 5,566 27.9% 37.8 1.1
Southfield 86 72,480 36.5% 38.0 1.1
Hillsdale 87 8,222 16.9% 32.0 1.3
Lansing 88 114,382 25.1% 35.9 1.2
Dearborn Heights 89 57,063 20.6% 37.6 1.2
Kingsford 90 5,115 20.1% 38.4 1.1
Eaton Rapids 91 5,221 14.9% 38.5 1.4
Coldwater 92 10,863 12.8% 37.4 1.2
Sault Ste. Marie 93 14,121 21.1% 35.1 1.2
Alma 94 9,289 22.1% 33.7 1.3
Warren 95 134,398 16.8% 37.9 1.2
St. Johns 96 7,933 19.7% 37.2 1.0
Battle Creek 97 51,963 21.3% 38.0 1.2
Allegan 98 5,030 15.9% 40.1 1.0
Flushing 99 8,252 25.3% 37.5 1.1
Adrian 100 21,008 21.1% 33.6 1.2
Charlotte 101 9,053 16.0% 38.0 1.2
Eastpointe 102 32,526 13.4% 37.4 1.3
Sturgis 103 10,923 16.3% 39.0 1.2
Owosso 104 14,922 14.1% 38.0 1.2
Springfield 105 5,231 11.7% 39.6 1.2
Romulus 106 23,721 10.8% 38.0 1.3
Alpena 107 10,336 17.5% 34.9 1.1
Davison 108 5,085 20.6% 37.8 1.0
Manistee 109 6,160 26.2% 35.0 1.0
Swartz Creek 110 5,664 18.0% 39.1 1.1
Hamtramck 111 22,256 13.2% 37.5 1.3
Hastings 112 7,313 14.1% 37.7 1.2
Ludington 113 8,061 22.2% 35.8 1.1
Burton 114 29,429 15.0% 37.6 1.2
Wayne 115 17,314 11.5% 37.7 1.2
Cadillac 116 10,306 16.8% 37.5 1.1
Roseville 117 47,408 10.4% 38.2 1.2
Bay City 118 34,578 16.2% 36.1 1.2
Ionia 119 11,388 9.8% 34.8 1.3
Belding 120 5,764 10.6% 35.9 1.2
Taylor 121 62,331 9.6% 37.6 1.3
Mount Clemens 122 16,345 17.9% 37.9 1.1
Menominee 123 8,516 16.1% 37.1 1.0
Albion 124 8,416 18.4% 34.5 1.2
Three Rivers 125 7,765 11.9% 37.8 1.2
Greenville 126 8,434 19.8% 35.5 1.0
Lincoln Park 127 37,648 8.2% 38.1 1.2
St. Louis 128 7,347 6.6% 36.7 1.2
Port Huron 129 29,534 16.0% 35.9 1.2
Hazel Park 130 16,532 11.2% 38.6 1.2
Jackson 131 33,317 14.9% 36.0 1.2
Center Line 132 8,279 11.1% 37.0 1.1
Ironwood 133 5,237 14.5% 36.9 0.9
Niles 134 11,479 11.9% 36.4 1.1
Lapeer 135 8,801 15.5% 36.7 1.0
Pontiac 136 59,658 11.0% 36.4 1.2
Escanaba 137 12,529 16.4% 35.2 1.0
Dowagiac 138 5,822 11.6% 36.6 1.1
Melvindale 139 10,584 9.6% 37.4 1.1
Detroit 140 695,437 13.1% 36.0 1.1
Inkster 141 25,056 10.4% 36.3 1.1
Saginaw 142 50,700 11.4% 35.4 1.1
River Rouge 143 7,761 7.3% 36.6 1.1
Muskegon 144 37,822 11.4% 35.0 1.1
Ecorse 145 9,401 9.2% 36.4 1.1
Flint 146 100,569 11.3% 34.9 1.0
Highland Park 147 10,951 10.8% 34.3 0.9
Benton Harbor 148 10,056 4.5% 35.2 1.1
Muskegon Heights 149 10,807 5.0% 35.8 1.0