These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In North Carolina

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

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

  1. Morrisville
  2. Holly Springs
  3. Apex
  4. Knightdale
  5. Cary
  6. Weddington
  7. Carrboro
  8. Marvin
  9. Huntersville
  10. Oak Ridge

So listen up Roxboro 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 Tar Heel 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 132 places in North Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 132 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 North Carolina”. And, at the end of the day, Morrisville 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. Morrisville

Morrisville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,728College Graduates: 64.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,339College Graduates: 54.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Apex

Apex, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 40,631College Graduates: 60.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Knightdale

Knightdale, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,692College Graduates: 45.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Cary

Cary, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,041College Graduates: 61.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Weddington

Weddington, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,906College Graduates: 57.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.8

7. Carrboro

Carrboro, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,337College Graduates: 66.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Marvin

Marvin, North Carolina

Source: Marvinnc.Org

Population: 5,806College Graduates: 70.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Huntersville

Huntersville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,279College Graduates: 53.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,435College Graduates: 50.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In North Carolina

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Morrisville 1 20,728 64.8% 41.4 1.5
Holly Springs 2 27,339 54.9% 40.0 1.5
Apex 3 40,631 60.9% 39.7 1.6
Knightdale 4 12,692 45.2% 39.3 1.6
Cary 5 146,041 61.8% 39.9 1.5
Weddington 6 9,906 57.8% 39.9 1.8
Carrboro 7 20,337 66.6% 38.5 1.5
Marvin 8 5,806 70.9% 41.2 1.5
Huntersville 9 49,279 53.7% 40.5 1.5
Oak Ridge 10 6,435 50.2% 39.9 1.4
Harrisburg 11 13,549 41.2% 37.8 1.6
Summerfield 12 10,477 51.2% 39.6 1.4
Davidson 13 11,492 65.5% 38.0 1.5
Wake Forest 14 33,319 50.5% 39.4 1.4
Stallings 15 14,185 42.8% 38.3 1.5
Cornelius 16 26,246 52.2% 40.9 1.4
Wesley Chapel 17 7,882 43.5% 38.6 1.6
Gibsonville 18 6,565 31.4% 39.4 1.4
Chapel Hill 19 58,379 74.0% 34.0 1.4
Matthews 20 28,677 49.8% 38.4 1.4
Stokesdale 21 5,177 34.5% 40.0 1.5
Indian Trail 22 34,950 35.4% 39.2 1.7
Clemmons 23 19,101 45.7% 39.4 1.3
Raleigh 24 423,287 47.6% 38.6 1.4
Waxhaw 25 10,878 53.6% 39.7 1.5
Mint Hill 26 23,934 33.7% 39.9 1.4
Kill Devil Hills 27 6,810 27.8% 39.2 1.5
Unionville 28 6,180 21.5% 37.6 1.6
Durham 29 240,107 47.3% 38.7 1.3
Fuquay-Varina 30 20,246 35.4% 39.4 1.5
Winterville 31 9,424 34.8% 38.8 1.5
Mebane 32 12,509 30.4% 39.7 1.4
Charlotte 33 774,807 40.7% 39.4 1.5
Mills River 34 6,917 29.1% 37.9 1.3
Garner 35 26,723 32.3% 39.0 1.4
Clayton 36 17,274 30.5% 40.1 1.4
Lewisville 37 13,037 39.2% 39.5 1.3
Carolina Beach 38 5,888 36.7% 40.7 1.3
Fletcher 39 7,320 31.0% 39.0 1.3
Kernersville 40 23,522 30.2% 39.0 1.3
Hillsborough 41 6,256 39.9% 38.3 1.3
Belmont 42 10,346 33.2% 37.7 1.4
Mooresville 43 34,466 31.9% 39.8 1.5
Asheville 44 85,783 45.0% 37.3 1.2
Concord 45 82,266 30.1% 39.6 1.5
Pinehurst 46 15,052 53.8% 40.6 0.8
Leland 47 15,316 40.9% 40.5 1.2
Jacksonville 48 69,300 22.1% 47.3 1.9
Wendell 49 6,085 34.0% 39.4 1.1
Hickory 50 40,108 31.6% 38.2 1.3
Greensboro 51 276,225 36.3% 37.7 1.3
King 52 6,732 23.8% 39.7 1.2
Aberdeen 53 6,702 29.5% 39.6 1.2
Greenville 54 87,546 37.9% 35.7 1.4
Woodfin 55 6,167 25.7% 37.7 1.3
Boone 56 17,802 48.1% 26.9 1.6
Wilmington 57 110,100 39.8% 36.5 1.3
Mount Holly 58 13,815 25.4% 38.9 1.3
Havelock 59 20,850 13.6% 45.4 1.8
High Point 60 106,797 29.7% 38.0 1.3
Winston-Salem 61 234,469 32.7% 37.7 1.3
Black Mountain 62 7,977 34.9% 35.1 1.1
Hope Mills 63 16,024 19.8% 39.0 1.3
Archdale 64 11,322 14.6% 38.4 1.4
Elon 65 9,516 39.2% 34.0 1.1
Pineville 66 7,855 29.0% 39.9 1.1
Fayetteville 67 202,421 25.2% 41.5 1.3
Sanford 68 28,798 21.2% 38.7 1.4
Mocksville 69 5,086 23.8% 36.3 1.2
Monroe 70 33,588 16.2% 38.8 1.5
Trinity 71 6,648 13.6% 39.6 1.2
Conover 72 8,200 23.3% 38.3 1.2
Burlington 73 51,740 22.2% 38.4 1.2
Boiling Spring Lakes 74 5,529 17.5% 36.5 1.4
Southern Pines 75 12,782 41.9% 38.8 1.0
Morehead City 76 9,030 27.1% 37.9 1.1
Butner 77 7,661 11.4% 38.0 1.4
Brevard 78 7,651 35.7% 35.9 1.0
Kannapolis 79 43,865 18.0% 38.9 1.4
Waynesville 80 9,770 23.9% 37.9 0.9
Gastonia 81 72,664 22.0% 38.0 1.3
Spring Lake 82 13,101 17.9% 44.3 1.3
New Bern 83 30,171 26.2% 38.8 1.2
Lumberton 84 21,707 18.3% 37.4 1.1
Nashville 85 5,469 17.4% 37.7 1.3
Morganton 86 16,816 25.2% 37.5 1.1
Sawmills 87 5,164 10.8% 34.8 1.4
Reidsville 88 14,249 17.5% 39.9 1.1
Clinton 89 8,729 20.9% 39.6 1.1
Wilson 90 49,389 23.6% 38.2 1.2
Statesville 91 25,132 20.9% 38.2 1.3
Oak Island 92 7,051 28.7% 37.9 1.0
Cherryville 93 5,826 18.9% 38.8 1.2
Oxford 94 8,585 18.7% 39.3 1.2
Roanoke Rapids 95 15,653 18.4% 38.9 1.1
Graham 96 14,384 17.0% 37.9 1.1
Elizabeth City 97 18,343 21.0% 35.8 1.3
Lincolnton 98 10,601 18.2% 38.8 1.2
Hendersonville 99 13,350 32.0% 34.9 0.9
Siler City 100 8,109 14.0% 37.5 1.5
Mount Airy 101 10,411 27.0% 39.0 0.9
Smithfield 102 11,357 18.3% 38.8 1.1
Albemarle 103 15,924 18.9% 38.3 1.1
Salisbury 104 33,524 23.5% 36.9 1.1
Asheboro 105 25,573 16.5% 38.1 1.1
Shelby 106 20,283 21.7% 36.6 1.1
Dunn 107 9,570 17.8% 38.3 1.1
Tarboro 108 11,323 16.8% 39.0 1.1
Goldsboro 109 35,908 19.8% 39.8 1.1
Rocky Mount 110 57,071 18.9% 37.7 1.2
Kings Mountain 111 10,743 12.6% 39.6 1.2
Rockingham 112 9,444 19.3% 38.5 1.1
Newton 113 12,998 15.1% 37.6 1.1
Thomasville 114 27,042 13.1% 37.7 1.3
Ayden 115 5,018 14.4% 37.1 1.2
Lenoir 116 18,061 15.3% 36.6 1.2
Bessemer City 117 5,410 6.7% 37.9 1.3
Ahoskie 118 5,017 17.3% 37.6 1.0
Washington 119 9,768 21.5% 35.9 1.0
Laurinburg 120 15,799 20.1% 36.6 1.0
Selma 121 6,172 8.2% 34.6 1.3
Marion 122 7,948 14.5% 38.9 1.1
Wadesboro 123 5,711 16.0% 38.1 1.1
Whiteville 124 5,465 18.9% 37.6 0.8
Kinston 125 21,589 14.9% 37.5 1.1
Lexington 126 19,029 14.0% 38.9 1.0
Hamlet 127 6,566 12.1% 36.7 1.1
Henderson 128 15,325 14.2% 37.2 1.0
Eden 129 15,543 12.4% 38.5 1.0
Williamston 130 5,410 12.4% 36.5 1.0
Forest City 131 7,387 13.6% 38.6 0.9
Roxboro 132 8,330 9.9% 37.1 1.1

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