These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Nebraska

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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 work your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Nebraska works hard, there’s a certain part of the Cornhusker State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Nebraska .

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

  1. Chalco
  2. Gretna
  3. La Vista
  4. Papillion
  5. Sidney
  6. Chadron
  7. Blair
  8. Kearney
  9. Holdrege
  10. Wayne

So listen up Mccook 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 Cornhusker 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 it’s 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 33 places in Nebraska, we ranked each place from 1 to 33 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 Nebraska”. And, at the end of the day, Chalco had it’s 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. Chalco


Population: 10,811 College Graduates: 32.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.7

2. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,416College Graduates: 35.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,125College Graduates: 33.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100College Graduates: 39.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,801College Graduates: 25.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,829College Graduates: 42.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,990College Graduates: 29.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,759College Graduates: 35.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,506College Graduates: 25.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.2

10. Wayne

Wayne, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,578College Graduates: 47.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 33.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Nebraska

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Chalco 1 10,811 32.0% 39.8 1.7
Gretna 2 5,416 35.9% 39.8 1.5
La Vista 3 17,125 33.8% 40.0 1.5
Papillion 4 21,100 39.2% 38.5 1.5
Sidney 5 6,801 25.9% 41.0 1.3
Chadron 6 5,829 42.6% 37.5 1.4
Blair 7 7,990 29.8% 38.2 1.3
Kearney 8 31,759 35.9% 37.3 1.5
Holdrege 9 5,506 25.5% 41.0 1.2
Wayne 10 5,578 47.0% 33.4 1.6
Seward 11 7,050 29.8% 36.4 1.4
Ralston 12 6,826 25.1% 38.1 1.5
Lincoln 13 265,811 36.2% 37.2 1.4
York 14 7,878 25.6% 37.5 1.3
Omaha 15 435,454 33.8% 38.1 1.4
Plattsmouth 16 6,473 17.1% 40.0 1.3
Columbus 17 22,436 21.9% 39.7 1.4
Bellevue 18 52,690 28.1% 38.1 1.4
Norfolk 19 24,364 22.3% 38.5 1.4
Gering 20 8,463 20.4% 39.4 1.3
Hastings 21 25,030 21.7% 39.6 1.3
Fremont 22 26,483 19.5% 39.1 1.3
Grand Island 23 50,059 17.2% 38.9 1.5
Lexington 24 10,189 9.5% 39.2 1.8
Beatrice 25 12,183 21.5% 39.0 1.2
Schuyler 26 6,195 8.1% 39.3 1.7
Alliance 27 8,501 15.4% 42.4 1.2
Crete 28 7,055 14.4% 37.1 1.5
Nebraska City 29 7,279 19.8% 39.0 1.2
Scottsbluff 30 14,998 22.5% 38.8 1.3
South Sioux City 31 13,375 10.7% 38.9 1.5
North Platte 32 24,532 19.2% 39.3 1.2
McCook 33 7,670 17.6% 38.9 1.2

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