These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Missouri

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in Missouri that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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

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

  1. Wildwood
  2. Glendale
  3. Parkville
  4. Manchester
  5. Des Peres
  6. Dardenne Prairie
  7. O’Fallon
  8. Wentzville
  9. Greenwood
  10. Lee’S Summit

So listen up Caruthersville 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 Show Me 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 128 places in Missouri, we ranked each place from 1 to 128 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 Missouri”. And, at the end of the day, Wildwood 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. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,701College Graduates: 65.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Glendale

Glendale, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,926College Graduates: 77.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Parkville

Parkville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,811College Graduates: 60.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Manchester

Manchester, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,125College Graduates: 54.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,443College Graduates: 70.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Dardenne Prairie


Population: 12,116 College Graduates: 47.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

7. O’Fallon

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,978College Graduates: 37.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Wentzville

Wentzville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,591College Graduates: 30.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

9. Greenwood


Population: 5,322 College Graduates: 34.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Lee’S Summit


Population: 92,813 College Graduates: 42.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Missouri

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Wildwood 1 35,701 65.8% 39.0 1.5
Glendale 2 5,926 77.6% 39.5 1.4
Parkville 3 5,811 60.7% 38.8 1.6
Manchester 4 18,125 54.3% 38.2 1.5
Des Peres 5 8,443 70.0% 37.7 1.5
Dardenne Prairie 6 12,116 47.6% 40.1 1.6
O’Fallon 7 81,978 37.5% 38.8 1.6
Wentzville 8 31,591 30.9% 38.9 1.6
Greenwood 9 5,322 34.9% 40.0 1.6
Lee’s Summit 10 92,813 42.6% 39.2 1.5
Kearney 11 8,845 32.8% 39.6 1.5
Ballwin 12 30,478 53.6% 38.5 1.5
Brentwood 13 8,048 65.8% 39.4 1.3
Webster Groves 14 23,084 64.9% 39.2 1.3
Town and Country 15 10,890 72.9% 40.9 1.3
Smithville 16 8,791 27.6% 40.2 1.4
Eureka 17 10,375 38.7% 39.3 1.6
Richmond Heights 18 8,526 67.5% 40.2 1.3
Creve Coeur 19 17,841 70.1% 39.9 1.3
Ladue 20 8,549 83.0% 40.6 1.2
Battlefield 21 5,759 37.5% 37.9 1.4
Ellisville 22 9,162 47.3% 38.0 1.4
Columbia 23 113,155 55.9% 34.9 1.4
St. Peters 24 54,236 34.2% 38.9 1.5
Clayton 25 15,912 79.6% 36.4 1.3
Kirkwood 26 27,587 61.8% 40.0 1.2
Carl Junction 27 7,511 36.9% 39.9 1.4
Grain Valley 28 13,037 24.1% 39.1 1.5
Sunset Hills 29 8,523 47.4% 37.1 1.3
Raymore 30 19,576 30.1% 39.4 1.4
Blue Springs 31 53,053 30.3% 38.6 1.5
Chesterfield 32 47,651 64.0% 39.1 1.3
Lake St. Louis 33 14,759 41.1% 39.4 1.4
Ozark 34 18,369 27.4% 40.1 1.4
Weldon Spring 35 5,496 52.9% 39.2 1.2
Maryland Heights 36 27,420 40.0% 38.6 1.4
Warrensburg 37 19,548 40.4% 34.4 1.5
St. Charles 38 66,900 34.9% 37.4 1.4
Liberty 39 29,806 37.7% 38.4 1.5
Olivette 40 7,809 59.5% 40.1 1.3
Crestwood 41 11,934 45.5% 38.5 1.3
Valley Park 42 6,980 36.4% 37.6 1.3
Nixa 43 19,821 23.3% 39.0 1.4
Pleasant Hill 44 8,173 22.9% 39.1 1.4
Jefferson City 45 43,184 33.2% 38.8 1.2
Jackson 46 14,221 25.0% 40.1 1.3
Republic 47 15,222 20.5% 40.0 1.3
Washington 48 13,982 28.1% 38.3 1.2
Raytown 49 29,520 23.6% 38.2 1.3
Maryville 50 12,018 28.9% 30.7 1.5
Willard 51 5,395 21.0% 40.7 1.3
Belton 52 23,197 21.2% 39.1 1.4
Arnold 53 21,020 20.2% 38.1 1.4
Oak Grove 54 7,747 15.3% 38.3 1.4
University City 55 35,226 52.6% 38.8 1.2
Cape Girardeau 56 38,665 32.7% 36.2 1.3
Excelsior Springs 57 11,391 13.5% 39.8 1.4
Gladstone 58 26,032 25.7% 38.6 1.3
Kansas City 59 465,005 31.6% 38.8 1.3
Marshall 60 13,059 19.8% 37.8 1.3
Shrewsbury 61 6,217 52.2% 38.4 1.0
Waynesville 62 5,147 34.4% 41.9 1.4
Florissant 63 52,353 23.1% 38.4 1.3
Grandview 64 24,860 20.1% 38.4 1.4
Overland 65 16,043 16.6% 37.2 1.4
Perryville 66 8,280 16.7% 40.0 1.2
Union 67 10,517 20.1% 39.5 1.4
Kirksville 68 17,578 31.7% 33.0 1.2
St. Joseph 69 77,040 19.5% 38.4 1.3
Black Jack 70 6,924 28.8% 35.0 1.5
Chillicothe 71 8,528 18.8% 39.0 1.1
Joplin 72 50,900 22.2% 37.8 1.3
Hazelwood 73 25,671 25.4% 38.3 1.3
Troy 74 11,015 20.2% 39.4 1.2
Rolla 75 19,808 34.0% 35.3 1.2
Savannah 76 5,101 20.5% 39.0 1.2
Trenton 77 6,058 18.1% 38.0 1.1
Festus 78 11,740 21.2% 38.2 1.3
Boonville 79 8,320 18.3% 38.2 1.3
Maplewood 80 7,987 41.3% 37.4 1.2
St. John 81 6,486 17.2% 36.2 1.3
Bridgeton 82 11,654 29.0% 37.3 1.3
Neosho 83 12,038 16.9% 37.7 1.1
Monett 84 8,935 18.9% 38.5 1.4
Springfield 85 162,333 26.6% 35.7 1.2
Fulton 86 12,791 19.7% 38.4 1.2
Pevely 87 5,566 17.1% 38.6 1.3
Warrenton 88 7,974 16.0% 37.6 1.3
Odessa 89 5,237 12.2% 39.6 1.2
St. Louis 90 318,727 30.4% 38.0 1.2
Hannibal 91 17,779 17.8% 37.6 1.2
Webb City 92 10,985 15.8% 38.6 1.2
Independence 93 117,160 17.5% 38.5 1.2
Ferguson 94 21,151 23.3% 37.3 1.2
Sikeston 95 16,642 18.2% 38.1 1.2
Branson 96 10,942 22.9% 37.3 1.2
Harrisonville 97 10,019 18.9% 37.4 1.3
Bellefontaine Neighbors 98 10,823 14.2% 37.4 1.4
Sedalia 99 21,429 15.8% 38.5 1.1
Dellwood 100 5,010 13.8% 36.3 1.6
Bolivar 101 10,443 22.4% 36.1 1.2
Mexico 102 11,555 14.7% 39.9 1.2
Moberly 103 13,898 15.1% 37.2 1.2
Bowling Green 104 5,452 10.8% 38.0 1.1
Macon 105 5,476 20.3% 38.7 1.2
Pacific 106 6,047 11.8% 38.7 1.2
Carthage 107 14,281 16.6% 37.6 1.2
Farmington 108 17,213 16.5% 40.1 1.1
Nevada 109 8,318 12.9% 38.0 1.1
Richmond 110 5,702 14.5% 38.8 1.1
West Plains 111 12,176 16.3% 37.9 1.0
Dexter 112 7,902 13.4% 39.3 1.2
Park Hills 113 8,714 11.3% 37.5 1.1
Marshfield 114 6,789 15.7% 38.0 1.1
St. Ann 115 12,988 15.3% 37.1 1.1
Clinton 116 9,014 15.0% 37.7 1.0
Aurora 117 7,475 11.8% 38.3 1.2
Berkeley 118 9,120 12.4% 35.8 1.2
De Soto 119 6,449 16.3% 35.9 1.0
Lebanon 120 14,595 13.7% 37.9 1.0
Poplar Bluff 121 17,190 16.1% 36.3 1.0
Kennett 122 11,002 14.0% 38.3 1.0
Jennings 123 14,730 12.7% 36.7 1.2
Cameron 124 10,008 11.7% 38.0 1.1
Sullivan 125 7,058 12.9% 38.9 1.1
Charleston 126 5,905 9.6% 37.4 1.2
Bonne Terre 127 7,025 7.3% 37.2 1.0
Caruthersville 128 6,086 12.2% 37.9 1.0

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