These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Pennsylvania

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

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

  1. Franklin Park
  2. Blue Bell
  3. Maple Glen
  4. Trooper
  5. Montgomeryville
  6. Fort Washington
  7. Swarthmore
  8. Glenside
  9. Wescosville
  10. Whitfield

So listen up Johnstown 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 Keystone 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 these lines: if you 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 256 places in Pennsylvania, we ranked each place from 1 to 256 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 Pennsylvania”. And, at the end of the day, Franklin Park 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. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882 College Graduates: 67.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

2. Blue Bell


Population: 6,049 College Graduates: 68.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Maple Glen


Population: 6,767 College Graduates: 57.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

4. Trooper


Population: 5,868 College Graduates: 41.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.4
Workers Per Household: 1.7

5. Montgomeryville


Population: 12,977 College Graduates: 54.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.7

6. Fort Washington


Population: 5,619 College Graduates: 69.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,198 College Graduates: 80.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 32.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Glenside


Population: 7,614 College Graduates: 49.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.2
Workers Per Household: 1.7

9. Wescosville


Population: 5,951 College Graduates: 45.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Whitfield


Population: 5,171 College Graduates: 45.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Pennsylvania

CityRankPopulationCollege GraduatesAverage Hours Worked Per WeekWorkers Per Household

Franklin Park 1 13,882 67.2% 39.4 1.4
Blue Bell 2 6,049 68.5% 41.1 1.5
Maple Glen 3 6,767 57.6% 38.3 1.7
Trooper 4 5,868 41.2% 37.4 1.7
Montgomeryville 5 12,977 54.9% 38.9 1.7
Fort Washington 6 5,619 69.1% 38.9 1.4
Swarthmore 7 6,198 80.4% 32.1 1.6
Glenside 8 7,614 49.7% 36.2 1.7
Wescosville 9 5,951 45.1% 37.2 1.5
Whitfield 10 5,171 45.0% 40.0 1.3
Grove City 11 8,242 36.4% 33.6 1.5
Edinboro 12 6,484 41.4% 31.8 1.4
Penn Wynne 13 5,740 70.9% 40.4 1.3
Allison Park 14 20,867 50.4% 38.2 1.3
Murrysville 15 20,171 50.2% 38.5 1.3
Upper St. Clair 16 19,303 69.3% 39.5 1.3
Conshohocken 17 7,864 55.3% 40.8 1.4
Elizabet 18 11,602 32.5% 35.3 1.6
Harleysville 19 9,348 43.3% 38.2 1.5
Ardmore 20 12,867 62.3% 38.4 1.4
West View 21 6,752 32.0% 40.2 1.4
Collegeville 22 5,263 55.4% 28.8 2.0
King of Prussia 23 19,919 54.5% 39.6 1.4
Blandon 24 7,139 23.3% 38.0 1.6
Hershey 25 14,172 49.6% 39.5 1.3
Lionville 26 6,334 53.1% 40.1 1.5
Economy 27 9,133 29.4% 39.7 1.5
Paoli 28 5,616 54.2% 39.0 1.3
Richboro 29 6,382 49.8% 39.9 1.7
Crafton 30 5,931 35.5% 38.4 1.3
West Chester 31 18,860 45.7% 33.8 1.7
Glenshaw 32 8,908 40.7% 40.0 1.3
Broomall 33 10,312 34.1% 39.4 1.4
Dormont 34 8,565 36.0% 38.6 1.4
Middletown 35 7,529 27.3% 38.7 1.5
Horsham 36 14,936 34.1% 37.6 1.6
Selinsgrove 37 5,698 26.3% 31.3 1.4
Linglestown 38 6,482 32.4% 38.2 1.4
Audubon 39 8,483 60.2% 39.0 1.2
South Park Township 40 13,492 36.5% 39.9 1.4
Jefferson Hills 41 10,984 43.1% 38.4 1.4
Bethel Park 42 32,338 44.8% 38.2 1.3
Clarks Summit 43 5,101 48.9% 38.4 1.2
Perkasie 44 8,511 30.4% 38.1 1.6
Mountain Top 45 11,182 35.8% 37.8 1.5
Lansdale 46 16,382 31.0% 38.7 1.4
Phoenixville 47 16,530 39.0% 40.0 1.4
Oreland 48 5,748 46.8% 37.0 1.5
Plymouth Meeting 49 5,721 52.5% 39.4 1.4
Camp Hill 50 7,891 52.5% 39.1 1.3
Wyomissing 51 10,467 50.8% 40.0 1.2
Park Forest Village 52 9,276 65.9% 37.0 1.1
Carnot-Moon 53 12,081 40.2% 37.1 1.4
Plum 54 27,386 33.8% 39.0 1.4
New Cumberland 55 7,276 35.0% 39.3 1.2
State College 56 42,066 67.1% 30.1 1.4
Millersville 57 8,320 31.0% 30.2 1.7
Drexel Hill 58 28,262 38.5% 39.2 1.5
Shillington 59 5,272 27.5% 39.6 1.3
Leola 60 7,088 25.3% 38.4 1.5
Kennett Square 61 6,123 22.6% 40.2 1.7
Willow Grove 62 16,185 35.9% 38.0 1.4
Westmont 63 5,086 48.2% 39.8 1.2
Lititz 64 9,386 29.2% 36.1 1.2
Wyndmoor 65 5,681 59.5% 40.2 1.4
Doyle 66 8,353 43.0% 39.9 1.2
Souderton 67 6,668 25.6% 37.8 1.6
Hollidaysburg 68 5,792 33.9% 37.3 1.1
Kulpsville 69 8,401 49.0% 38.5 1.3
Emmaus 70 11,291 29.2% 38.3 1.3
Shanor-Northvue 71 5,156 32.6% 39.0 1.1
Carlisle 72 18,877 34.9% 34.8 1.4
East York 73 8,504 31.0% 38.9 1.2
Colonial Park 74 13,124 29.6% 38.1 1.3
Downin 75 7,921 31.8% 40.1 1.5
Oakmont 76 6,358 43.9% 39.1 1.1
Folsom 77 8,282 25.7% 38.7 1.7
Monroeville 78 28,365 37.8% 38.3 1.2
Fox Chapel 79 5,397 85.0% 41.6 1.2
Clarion 80 5,000 45.5% 32.2 1.3
Castle Shannon 81 8,317 27.8% 38.6 1.3
Bellefonte 82 6,250 28.4% 38.6 1.2
Glenolden 83 7,150 22.6% 38.2 1.4
Whitehall 84 13,931 33.8% 38.8 1.2
Mount Joy 85 7,774 24.5% 38.9 1.4
Ambler 86 6,481 38.7% 37.6 1.5
Hatboro 87 7,403 31.9% 37.9 1.5
Lansdowne 88 10,618 33.9% 38.7 1.3
Swoyersville 89 5,038 23.1% 37.6 1.2
Lewisburg 90 5,781 31.6% 28.8 1.3
Arlington Heights 91 5,392 30.1% 35.7 1.5
Media 92 5,341 47.1% 39.3 1.3
Moosic 93 5,712 24.6% 36.4 1.3
Lower Allen 94 7,012 35.9% 38.4 1.1
Forest Hills 95 6,501 49.9% 40.0 1.2
Penn Estates 96 5,972 29.0% 35.8 1.8
Homeacre-Lyndora 97 6,966 25.4% 37.0 1.2
New Holland 98 5,407 17.2% 37.4 1.4
Mechanicsburg 99 8,971 31.4% 39.1 1.3
Sanatoga 100 8,581 28.7% 38.7 1.4
Bloomsburg 101 14,699 27.5% 33.4 1.3
Village Green-Green Ridge 102 7,804 21.1% 37.5 1.4
Quake 103 8,939 21.4% 37.8 1.4
Dunmore 104 13,974 30.0% 37.7 1.3
Indiana 105 14,025 40.7% 30.9 1.5
Shiloh 106 11,493 26.4% 39.0 1.3
Kut 107 5,016 30.7% 36.1 1.5
Brentwood 108 9,625 27.8% 37.6 1.3
Gettysburg 109 7,632 28.9% 31.3 1.5
Bellevue 110 8,338 30.1% 39.2 1.2
Ephrata 111 13,529 18.4% 38.3 1.4
Huntingdon 112 7,069 28.1% 31.9 1.2
Brookhaven 113 8,045 26.8% 38.3 1.3
Prospect Park 114 6,464 20.6% 36.4 1.5
Clifton Heights 115 6,656 17.8% 37.4 1.3
Levittown 116 51,326 15.6% 38.5 1.6
Hermitage 117 16,237 30.8% 38.1 1.2
Olyphant 118 5,178 24.2% 39.3 1.2
Yeadon 119 11,506 26.5% 38.9 1.3
Nazareth 120 5,723 28.6% 38.8 1.2
Wilson 121 7,852 15.6% 38.6 1.5
Progress 122 9,717 26.4% 39.2 1.4
Morrisville 123 8,689 27.2% 38.7 1.4
Helle 124 5,881 21.7% 38.3 1.3
Weigelstown 125 13,174 19.9% 38.7 1.4
South Williamsport 126 6,370 23.5% 38.2 1.2
Pleasant Hills 127 8,291 40.9% 37.3 1.2
Northampton 128 9,921 17.3% 39.2 1.3
East Stroudsburg 129 9,773 27.6% 32.0 1.7
White Oak 130 7,851 24.6% 38.0 1.1
Kingston 131 13,105 30.6% 39.0 1.2
Northwest Harborcreek 132 9,492 27.2% 38.0 1.4
Ridley Park 133 7,021 25.4% 36.9 1.3
Ancient Oaks 134 7,312 52.1% 39.3 1.2
Bridgeville 135 5,142 25.9% 37.7 1.1
Pittsburgh 136 306,045 37.2% 37.0 1.2
Archbald 137 7,053 28.6% 36.4 1.2
Baldwin 138 19,791 24.5% 38.9 1.3
St. Marys 139 12,940 16.5% 39.1 1.2
Birdsboro 140 5,158 18.0% 38.9 1.5
Jeannette 141 9,522 17.2% 39.1 1.1
California 142 6,703 27.1% 31.4 1.4
Dickson City 143 6,049 21.3% 36.2 1.2
Coraopolis 144 5,655 26.3% 36.4 1.1
Palmerton 145 5,382 11.9% 37.5 1.3
Palmyra 146 7,399 23.2% 39.0 1.2
Sierra View 147 5,154 13.7% 39.4 1.8
Red Lion 148 6,343 16.5% 38.9 1.2
Canonsburg 149 8,973 28.9% 38.2 1.2
Woodlyn 150 10,131 17.8% 38.3 1.4
Fullerton 151 15,529 23.8% 39.2 1.3
Collingdale 152 8,778 16.1% 38.7 1.5
Exeter 153 5,633 26.2% 38.9 1.2
Bethlehem 154 75,050 26.5% 36.8 1.2
Swissvale 155 8,963 34.6% 38.5 1.1
Norwood 156 5,897 14.3% 38.3 1.6
Fairless Hills 157 9,289 16.0% 38.2 1.5
Willow Street 158 7,485 34.8% 37.4 0.8
Norri 159 34,454 18.3% 37.9 1.4
Oxford 160 5,100 21.0% 38.4 1.2
Greensburg 161 14,726 33.0% 36.4 1.1
Lock Haven 162 9,860 19.4% 31.8 1.4
Carnegie 163 7,960 27.6% 39.2 1.1
Lower Burrell 164 11,653 26.5% 38.0 1.2
Sayre 165 5,553 26.6% 38.9 1.0
Chambersburg 166 20,430 21.5% 37.8 1.2
Pott 167 22,519 18.1% 37.8 1.3
Catasauqua 168 6,477 18.1% 38.1 1.4
Meadville 169 13,307 30.1% 33.2 1.1
Munhall 170 11,355 21.7% 38.0 1.2
Tyrone 171 5,433 18.8% 38.4 1.3
Ellwood City 172 7,743 22.9% 37.5 1.2
West Mifflin 173 20,271 20.6% 38.0 1.3
Sharon Hill 174 5,685 18.3% 38.4 1.4
Scranton 175 75,842 21.4% 36.7 1.2
Folcroft 176 6,615 16.3% 38.4 1.4
Blakely 177 6,534 22.1% 37.1 1.0
Croydon 178 10,017 11.3% 38.3 1.7
Enola 179 6,053 12.5% 37.1 1.3
Monaca 180 5,721 17.1% 38.9 1.2
Hanover 181 15,365 16.3% 38.9 1.3
Bangor 182 5,256 15.7% 37.5 1.4
Philadelphia 183 1,546,920 24.5% 37.7 1.3
Taylor 184 6,230 17.8% 37.7 1.2
Sugarcreek 185 5,238 8.5% 38.6 1.2
Easton 186 26,977 17.9% 37.0 1.3
Parkville 187 6,949 9.5% 37.2 1.5
Middl 188 8,909 16.7% 36.6 1.2
Lancaster 189 59,368 18.8% 36.5 1.3
Warren 190 9,543 25.4% 37.5 1.1
Wilkinsburg 191 15,894 30.0% 37.9 1.1
Old Forge 192 8,265 22.4% 37.8 1.2
Somerset 193 6,185 24.7% 38.4 1.1
Franklin 194 6,448 21.0% 37.4 1.1
Allentown 195 118,793 16.2% 36.3 1.4
Berwick 196 10,398 14.9% 37.9 1.2
Williamsport 197 29,377 18.2% 35.6 1.3
Lehighton 198 5,427 15.6% 35.1 1.1
Steelton 199 5,959 11.9% 38.3 1.3
Stroudsburg 200 5,528 25.9% 37.1 1.2
Coatesville 201 13,130 12.7% 37.4 1.4
Erie 202 100,832 21.2% 36.2 1.2
Columbia 203 10,399 11.3% 37.9 1.2
Bristol 204 9,657 13.7% 38.1 1.3
Schuylkill Haven 205 5,368 16.6% 37.3 1.2
Clearfield 206 6,143 17.6% 37.3 1.1
Shippensburg 207 5,479 19.9% 35.4 1.2
Greenville 208 5,919 17.6% 34.5 1.2
Washington 209 13,715 16.7% 36.4 1.2
DuBois 210 7,718 17.3% 37.2 1.1
Altoona 211 45,987 16.2% 36.5 1.2
Connellsville 212 7,578 10.0% 37.3 1.0
Darby 213 10,689 8.6% 37.5 1.4
Wilkes-Barre 214 41,202 15.3% 35.5 1.2
New Brighton 215 5,973 16.4% 36.2 1.1
Hazleton 216 25,179 11.5% 37.9 1.3
Mount Carmel 217 5,833 16.3% 39.3 0.9
Beaver Falls 218 8,842 14.6% 32.8 1.2
Aliquippa 219 9,356 18.7% 37.7 1.0
Monessen 220 7,630 15.8% 38.1 0.9
Waynesboro 221 10,673 14.7% 37.6 1.2
New Kensington 222 12,959 19.9% 38.1 1.0
Harrisburg 223 49,297 18.4% 37.6 1.1
Lebanon 224 25,553 10.9% 38.2 1.3
Tamaqua 225 6,994 14.5% 37.2 1.1
Plymouth 226 5,905 12.8% 37.7 1.1
Pottsville 227 14,136 15.1% 36.1 1.1
Oil City 228 10,383 15.3% 36.6 1.1
Pittston 229 7,702 16.6% 38.9 1.1
Corry 230 6,546 14.9% 35.9 1.2
Punxsutawney 231 5,927 16.3% 35.2 1.0
Nanticoke 232 10,395 14.3% 36.5 1.1
Milton 233 7,017 15.3% 38.3 1.2
Butler 234 13,609 15.2% 37.1 1.1
Reading 235 88,051 8.3% 36.4 1.3
Sharon 236 13,845 16.8% 37.5 1.0
Clairton 237 6,752 13.8% 36.9 1.1
McKees Rocks 238 6,088 12.6% 36.9 1.2
Turtle Creek 239 5,335 10.4% 37.0 1.0
Bradford 240 8,665 16.3% 37.4 1.1
Vandergrift 241 5,142 10.7% 41.6 0.9
New Castle 242 22,883 14.7% 38.1 1.0
Titusville 243 5,479 18.4% 36.2 1.0
York 244 43,817 10.7% 36.6 1.2
Lewi 245 8,341 13.2% 37.4 1.0
Carbondale 246 8,843 14.5% 36.7 1.1
Chester 247 34,007 9.5% 34.8 1.2
Ambridge 248 6,973 15.2% 37.3 0.9
Sunbury 249 9,817 8.9% 37.3 1.0
Uniontown 250 10,203 13.7% 37.2 1.0
McKeesport 251 19,663 11.4% 37.2 1.0
Shamokin 252 7,295 7.3% 37.1 1.0
Arnold 253 5,090 8.6% 37.1 0.8
Duquesne 254 5,558 12.4% 36.7 0.9
Shenandoah 255 5,002 5.5% 39.1 1.0
Johnstown 256 20,576 10.3% 36.4 0.9