These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Oklahoma

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

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

  1. Piedmont
  2. Jenks
  3. Newcastle
  4. Bixby
  5. Mustang
  6. Edmond
  7. Owasso
  8. Broken Arrow
  9. Yukon
  10. Woodward

So listen up Hugo 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 Sooner 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 74 places in Oklahoma, we ranked each place from 1 to 74 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 Oklahoma”. And, at the end of the day, Piedmont 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. Piedmont

Piedmont, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,232College Graduates: 41.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Jenks

Jenks, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,312College Graduates: 46.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Newcastle

Newcastle, Oklahoma

Source: Ok Highways

Population: 8,383College Graduates: 29.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Bixby

Bixby, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,480College Graduates: 40.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Mustang

Mustang, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,575College Graduates: 21.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Edmond

Edmond, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 85,084College Graduates: 51.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Owasso

Owasso, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,738College Graduates: 30.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,917College Graduates: 31.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Yukon

Yukon, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,127College Graduates: 26.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Woodward

Woodward, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,389College Graduates: 20.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Oklahoma

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Piedmont 1 6,232 41.9% 40.4 1.6
Jenks 2 18,312 46.8% 40.5 1.6
Newcastle 3 8,383 29.0% 39.7 1.4
Bixby 4 22,480 40.2% 40.0 1.4
Mustang 5 18,575 21.9% 40.8 1.5
Edmond 6 85,084 51.9% 38.7 1.4
Owasso 7 31,738 30.0% 39.7 1.5
Broken Arrow 8 101,917 31.7% 39.8 1.5
Yukon 9 24,127 26.6% 39.6 1.4
Woodward 10 12,389 20.8% 42.5 1.4
Tuttle 11 6,252 18.3% 41.6 1.4
Weatherford 12 11,410 34.7% 36.9 1.5
Moore 13 57,563 22.2% 39.9 1.5
Elk City 14 12,198 19.1% 43.0 1.3
Clinton 15 9,281 20.6% 40.2 1.4
Blanchard 16 7,625 24.6% 40.1 1.4
The Village 17 9,147 40.0% 41.3 1.2
Norman 18 115,521 42.9% 36.8 1.4
Guymon 19 11,921 18.2% 41.6 1.6
Choctaw 20 11,619 27.3% 39.6 1.3
Sand Springs 21 19,277 20.9% 39.2 1.3
Oklahoma City 22 600,729 28.5% 39.6 1.3
Noble 23 6,602 17.7% 40.7 1.4
Glenpool 24 11,398 21.2% 39.6 1.6
Warr Acres 25 10,268 19.2% 38.7 1.4
Stillwater 26 46,851 48.5% 33.4 1.3
Catoosa 27 7,407 18.5% 39.7 1.4
Collinsville 28 5,970 28.8% 39.5 1.4
Coweta 29 9,483 17.8% 39.5 1.4
Enid 30 50,232 20.8% 40.5 1.3
Bethany 31 19,390 25.6% 37.2 1.3
Guthrie 32 10,668 24.0% 38.5 1.3
Bartlesville 33 36,193 30.4% 39.1 1.1
Tulsa 34 395,599 30.1% 39.2 1.2
Purcell 35 6,259 17.3% 39.7 1.2
Ardmore 36 24,877 20.8% 39.5 1.3
Lawton 37 97,788 19.3% 41.4 1.4
Midwest City 38 55,964 20.4% 39.6 1.2
Ada 39 17,061 30.9% 37.3 1.2
Chickasha 40 16,195 19.1% 40.0 1.2
Harrah 41 5,412 17.2% 38.9 1.1
Shawnee 42 30,609 22.5% 38.2 1.2
Perry 43 5,087 21.8% 39.4 1.2
Durant 44 16,507 22.7% 37.7 1.3
El Reno 45 17,515 11.7% 40.6 1.4
Tahlequah 46 16,190 31.6% 37.6 1.2
Altus 47 19,716 17.9% 39.9 1.3
Ponca City 48 24,951 21.6% 39.9 1.1
Lone Grove 49 5,142 11.9% 39.2 1.3
Sapulpa 50 20,308 17.1% 39.4 1.2
McAlester 51 18,354 17.1% 40.2 1.1
Claremore 52 18,849 20.5% 39.1 1.2
Pauls Valley 53 6,054 15.5% 39.2 1.2
Blackwell 54 6,957 15.1% 42.2 1.2
Skiatook 55 7,571 12.7% 37.8 1.3
Duncan 56 23,364 19.3% 40.6 1.1
Muskogee 57 38,937 19.8% 39.0 1.1
Pryor Creek 58 9,479 20.8% 40.7 1.1
Poteau 59 8,563 17.3% 37.6 1.3
Miami 60 13,669 15.6% 37.5 1.2
Grove 61 6,658 24.1% 39.3 0.7
Idabel 62 7,015 21.6% 38.5 1.0
Tecumseh 63 6,556 9.4% 39.9 1.1
Anadarko 64 6,786 17.1% 37.2 1.2
Del City 65 21,756 11.9% 37.9 1.2
Cushing 66 7,870 14.0% 40.4 1.1
Seminole 67 7,493 14.7% 39.1 1.1
Wagoner 68 8,499 13.1% 39.7 1.1
Sallisaw 69 8,761 12.5% 37.7 1.1
Vinita 70 5,637 11.5% 38.7 1.1
Okmulgee 71 12,398 15.9% 38.0 1.0
Holdenville 72 5,768 7.6% 39.5 1.0
Henryetta 73 5,848 10.1% 39.3 1.0
Hugo 74 5,294 10.3% 37.5 0.8