These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Minnesota

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

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

  1. Shorewood
  2. Victoria
  3. Lakeville
  4. Minnetrista
  5. Byron
  6. Rogers
  7. Champlin
  8. St. Michael
  9. Hugo
  10. Rosemount

So listen up Virginia 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 North Star 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 144 places in Minnesota, we ranked each place from 1 to 144 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 Minnesota”. And, at the end of the day, Shorewood 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. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438College Graduates: 63.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,845College Graduates: 61.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Lakeville

Lakeville, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,715College Graduates: 46.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.7

4. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,661College Graduates: 52.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.6
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Byron

Byron, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,023College Graduates: 33.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.4
Workers Per Household: 1.7

6. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,747College Graduates: 36.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.7

7. Champlin

Champlin, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,591College Graduates: 34.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.7

8. St. Michael

St. Michael, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,767College Graduates: 34.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.8

9. Hugo

Hugo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,850College Graduates: 37.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Rosemount

Rosemount, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,469College Graduates: 42.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.6

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Minnesota

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Shorewood 1 7,438 63.1% 39.4 1.5
Victoria 2 7,845 61.6% 39.7 1.7
Lakeville 3 57,715 46.3% 38.4 1.7
Minnetrista 4 6,661 52.3% 38.6 1.6
Byron 5 5,023 33.6% 37.4 1.7
Rogers 6 11,747 36.0% 38.4 1.7
Champlin 7 23,591 34.6% 38.1 1.7
St. Michael 8 16,767 34.3% 38.5 1.8
Hugo 9 13,850 37.7% 38.5 1.6
Rosemount 10 22,469 42.5% 38.2 1.6
Waconia 11 11,230 43.2% 39.2 1.5
Chanhassen 12 24,003 60.7% 39.1 1.6
Chaska 13 24,238 42.2% 38.8 1.6
Farmington 14 21,861 34.0% 39.5 1.7
Woodbury 15 64,544 57.2% 39.4 1.5
New Prague 16 7,434 34.4% 38.9 1.5
Sartell 17 16,123 40.8% 39.2 1.5
St. Peter 18 11,403 35.5% 31.6 1.7
Savage 19 28,055 42.6% 39.0 1.8
Jordan 20 5,784 32.1% 39.4 1.6
Delano 21 5,598 40.3% 38.8 1.6
Lake Elmo 22 8,123 46.9% 38.1 1.6
Eden Prairie 23 62,096 60.7% 39.1 1.5
Prior Lake 24 23,956 43.3% 38.9 1.5
Andover 25 31,271 32.7% 38.0 1.8
Lino Lakes 26 20,671 39.4% 38.6 1.8
Eagan 27 65,053 50.4% 38.9 1.5
Mahtomedi 28 7,923 50.5% 36.5 1.5
Maple Grove 29 64,364 49.4% 39.5 1.5
Northfield 30 20,303 47.9% 28.5 1.9
Mound 31 9,205 40.2% 37.9 1.4
Shakopee 32 38,613 38.5% 39.0 1.7
Orono 33 7,690 60.9% 40.1 1.3
Marshall 34 13,609 33.1% 37.3 1.5
Wyoming 35 7,764 26.2% 38.1 1.7
Otsego 36 14,257 28.9% 39.9 1.6
Vadnais Heights 37 12,770 40.1% 37.3 1.3
Plymouth 38 72,868 57.3% 38.6 1.4
Cottage Grove 39 35,169 31.2% 38.7 1.7
Apple Valley 40 49,911 44.4% 38.6 1.5
Rochester 41 109,252 42.2% 38.7 1.4
Golden Valley 42 20,683 52.4% 38.0 1.4
Kasson 43 6,017 26.7% 37.9 1.4
Morris 44 5,324 32.6% 32.0 1.5
Shoreview 45 25,673 53.5% 38.6 1.3
Falcon Heights 46 5,439 68.4% 34.3 1.4
Mendota Heights 47 11,131 61.8% 38.4 1.3
Monticello 48 12,974 28.3% 38.9 1.6
Albertville 49 7,159 36.6% 39.9 1.8
St. Joseph 50 6,694 32.8% 28.8 2.5
North Mankato 51 13,403 35.7% 37.9 1.5
St. Louis Park 52 46,466 54.5% 38.9 1.3
Stillwater 53 18,541 44.3% 37.9 1.4
Elk River 54 23,346 30.4% 37.5 1.6
Medina 55 5,163 59.2% 39.2 1.4
Arden Hills 56 9,700 55.8% 31.6 1.8
Minnetonka 57 50,897 55.7% 39.3 1.3
Stewartville 58 5,990 25.0% 38.0 1.4
Ramsey 59 24,441 27.9% 38.2 1.8
Roseville 60 34,554 46.5% 37.2 1.3
Moorhead 61 39,053 34.0% 34.8 1.6
Ham Lake 62 15,565 31.7% 39.2 1.6
Edina 63 48,940 67.9% 39.1 1.2
Blaine 64 59,295 32.0% 38.6 1.6
Crystal 65 22,459 29.7% 38.5 1.4
Isanti 66 5,396 16.1% 39.1 1.5
Burnsville 67 61,059 35.6% 37.9 1.5
Corcoran 68 5,482 30.6% 39.0 1.7
Mankato 69 39,871 34.3% 33.6 1.6
East Grand Forks 70 8,621 21.9% 39.0 1.3
Belle Plaine 71 6,794 28.3% 38.9 1.5
Big Lake 72 10,230 22.6% 38.5 1.7
New Brighton 73 21,899 44.7% 37.3 1.2
Forest Lake 74 18,933 28.4% 37.8 1.5
Oak Grove 75 8,145 20.2% 37.8 1.7
White Bear Lake 76 24,398 31.8% 36.9 1.2
Oakdale 77 27,705 30.6% 37.0 1.5
Inver Grove Heights 78 34,258 33.2% 38.0 1.5
Brooklyn Park 79 77,579 30.0% 37.8 1.6
Hermantown 80 9,588 31.9% 36.2 1.4
Minneapolis 81 394,424 47.0% 37.0 1.4
Richfield 82 35,877 33.4% 37.7 1.4
Buffalo 83 15,710 22.6% 37.9 1.4
St. Anthony 84 8,501 43.4% 37.9 1.2
Bloomington 85 85,136 39.7% 38.1 1.3
New Ulm 86 13,328 25.8% 36.1 1.3
East Bethel 87 11,614 19.7% 38.7 1.7
Hopkins 88 17,909 40.5% 38.1 1.3
Baxter 89 7,710 28.2% 37.9 1.3
Maplewood 90 39,261 30.2% 37.2 1.4
Glencoe 91 5,575 19.8% 38.4 1.3
Robbinsdale 92 14,196 39.9% 38.4 1.3
North Branch 93 10,099 19.8% 36.7 1.5
Hutchinson 94 13,983 22.4% 37.6 1.2
Hastings 95 22,355 26.7% 38.9 1.4
Coon Rapids 96 61,809 25.6% 37.9 1.5
St. Paul 97 291,728 38.6% 36.4 1.4
Winona 98 27,526 31.8% 32.1 1.7
Montevideo 99 5,283 19.0% 38.6 1.2
Detroit Lakes 100 8,834 25.7% 39.4 1.1
Owatonna 101 25,550 27.6% 38.8 1.4
Mounds View 102 12,412 27.9% 37.7 1.4
Thief River Falls 103 8,662 15.1% 38.6 1.3
Little Canada 104 10,015 31.4% 38.3 1.3
St. Cloud 105 66,038 28.4% 34.8 1.5
New Hope 106 20,648 31.7% 38.2 1.2
Litchfield 107 6,689 19.5% 38.4 1.3
St. Francis 108 7,297 13.4% 39.3 1.6
Sauk Rapids 109 13,079 24.3% 37.9 1.4
Duluth 110 86,239 32.7% 34.6 1.3
Crookston 111 7,899 23.9% 36.1 1.4
Lake City 112 5,093 20.1% 38.6 1.2
Fridley 113 27,494 26.3% 37.6 1.4
St. Paul Park 114 5,327 19.7% 36.9 1.6
South St. Paul 115 20,368 23.1% 38.0 1.4
Fergus Falls 116 13,215 29.8% 35.8 1.2
Fairmont 117 10,474 18.6% 37.6 1.2
Red Wing 118 16,502 23.3% 37.9 1.2
Zimmerman 119 5,268 17.9% 38.3 1.6
Anoka 120 17,202 20.6% 37.3 1.3
Grand Rapids 121 10,950 24.1% 35.6 1.0
Waseca 122 9,370 18.3% 37.9 1.3
Brooklyn Center 123 30,549 19.8% 37.1 1.4
Cloquet 124 12,064 25.1% 37.0 1.2
Columbia Heights 125 19,605 20.4% 37.2 1.4
Willmar 126 19,626 20.0% 37.7 1.3
North St. Paul 127 11,775 22.8% 36.7 1.4
Alexandria 128 11,465 24.0% 37.6 1.1
Cambridge 129 8,223 18.7% 36.6 1.3
West St. Paul 130 19,690 27.7% 37.3 1.2
Bemidji 131 14,319 30.3% 34.5 1.3
Redwood Falls 132 5,174 18.3% 38.6 1.2
Faribault 133 23,460 19.1% 37.0 1.4
Worthington 134 12,920 14.6% 38.0 1.5
Austin 135 24,760 19.2% 37.2 1.3
Spring Lake Park 136 6,503 19.5% 37.3 1.3
Waite Park 137 7,391 21.2% 37.7 1.2
Albert Lea 138 17,931 15.2% 36.6 1.1
Little Falls 139 8,291 20.2% 36.2 1.1
Chisholm 140 5,001 20.6% 35.1 1.1
Brainerd 141 13,521 19.2% 36.9 1.1
Hibbing 142 16,330 18.0% 36.5 1.0
International Falls 143 6,329 19.0% 34.9 1.0
Virginia 144 8,671 16.4% 37.0 0.9

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