These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Nevada

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

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

  1. Spring Creek
  2. Washoe Valley
  3. Nellis Afb
  4. Elko
  5. Enterprise
  6. Summerlin South
  7. Winnemucca
  8. Johnson Lane
  9. Henderson
  10. Spring Valley

So listen up Laughlin 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 Silver 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 46 places in Nevada, we ranked each place from 1 to 46 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 Nevada”. And, at the end of the day, Spring Creek 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. Spring Creek


Population: 14,012 College Graduates: 19.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Washoe Valley


Population: 3,434 College Graduates: 28.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Nellis Afb


Population: 3,620 College Graduates: 32.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.9
Workers Per Household: 2.1

4. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,308College Graduates: 22.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Enterprise


Population: 124,564 College Graduates: 32.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

6. Summerlin South


Population: 25,315 College Graduates: 46.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 1.2

7. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,736College Graduates: 16.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Johnson Lane


Population: 6,319 College Graduates: 32.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.1

9. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 266,245College Graduates: 30.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Spring Valley


Population: 183,937 College Graduates: 23.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Nevada

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Spring Creek 1 14,012 19.2% 41.4 1.6
Washoe Valley 2 3,434 28.8% 39.8 1.7
Nellis AFB 3 3,620 32.6% 41.9 2.1
Elko 4 19,308 22.2% 40.4 1.5
Enterprise 5 124,564 32.0% 39.3 1.6
Summerlin South 6 25,315 46.9% 41.4 1.2
Winnemucca 7 7,736 16.8% 41.0 1.5
Johnson Lane 8 6,319 32.2% 38.8 1.1
Henderson 9 266,245 30.7% 38.8 1.4
Spring Valley 10 183,937 23.3% 38.3 1.5
Kingsbury 11 2,027 33.0% 38.8 1.2
Spanish Springs 12 15,322 21.9% 38.6 1.6
Sparks 13 92,236 21.9% 38.6 1.4
Dayton 14 8,972 18.5% 40.4 1.3
Indian Hills 15 6,007 23.8% 37.7 1.3
Reno 16 231,103 29.4% 37.6 1.3
Minden 17 3,408 31.9% 38.0 0.9
Incline Village 18 8,389 51.5% 36.9 1.2
Carlin 19 2,409 5.7% 41.1 1.4
West Wendover 20 4,448 8.2% 38.9 1.6
Paradise 21 223,182 20.8% 38.2 1.4
North Las Vegas 22 223,336 15.2% 38.2 1.6
Tonopah 23 2,557 15.8% 40.4 1.3
Whitney 24 39,458 17.3% 37.6 1.6
Las Vegas 25 597,353 21.6% 37.9 1.4
Lemmon Valley 26 5,585 14.5% 39.7 1.7
Boulder City 27 15,162 24.2% 38.7 1.2
Ely 28 4,250 17.9% 39.5 1.2
Gardnerville Ranchos 29 11,040 17.4% 36.1 1.3
Cold Springs 30 8,606 14.6% 39.4 1.4
Battle Mountain 31 3,253 13.2% 39.8 1.5
Sun Valley 32 18,778 6.4% 38.1 1.4
Fernley 33 19,184 16.8% 40.1 1.3
Moapa Valley 34 6,772 15.4% 37.8 1.2
Carson City 35 54,634 20.4% 37.8 1.3
Fallon 36 8,451 14.0% 39.3 1.2
Winchester 37 28,111 17.3% 37.4 1.3
Sunrise Manor 38 187,647 10.4% 37.3 1.5
Hawthorne 39 3,272 10.9% 40.5 1.1
Gardnerville 40 5,761 18.1% 36.5 1.0
Lovelock 41 2,319 8.1% 37.9 1.1
Mesquite 42 16,072 17.7% 37.1 0.9
Yerington 43 3,030 12.6% 37.8 1.0
Pahrump 44 35,009 13.4% 36.6 0.9
Silver Springs 45 5,605 9.7% 36.2 1.0
Laughlin 46 7,567 17.7% 35.9 0.8