These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Virginia

Chris Kolmar
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 Virginia works hard, there’s a certain part of the Old Dominion that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Virginia .

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

  1. Purcellville
  2. Vienna
  3. Herndon
  4. Falls Church
  5. Leesburg
  6. Manassas Park
  7. Alexandria
  8. Fairfax
  9. Bridgewater
  10. Christiansburg

So listen up Emporia 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 Old Dominion

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 spent 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 62 places in Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 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 Virginia”. And, at the end of the day, Purcellville 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. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,350College Graduates: 53.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.7

2. Vienna

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Population: 16,173College Graduates: 65.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Herndon

Herndon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,141College Graduates: 48.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 2.0

4. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,074College Graduates: 75.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Leesburg

Population: 46,211College Graduates: 49.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.8

6. Manassas Park

Population: 14,992College Graduates: 26.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.8

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,422College Graduates: 61.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,507College Graduates: 53.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

9. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,812College Graduates: 34.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 33.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Christiansburg

Christiansburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,427College Graduates: 40.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Virginia

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Purcellville 1 8,350 53.8% 39.7 1.7
Vienna 2 16,173 65.5% 39.6 1.6
Herndon 3 24,141 48.7% 39.3 2.0
Falls Church 4 13,074 75.1% 40.5 1.6
Leesburg 5 46,211 49.4% 39.7 1.8
Manassas Park 6 14,992 26.3% 39.6 1.8
Alexandria 7 146,422 61.5% 41.1 1.5
Fairfax 8 23,507 53.5% 38.9 1.6
Bridgewater 9 5,812 34.8% 33.1 1.5
Christiansburg 10 21,427 40.9% 39.1 1.3
Manassas 11 40,436 29.1% 38.1 1.9
Poquoson 12 12,103 35.8% 39.3 1.4
Virginia Beach 13 445,623 33.5% 40.1 1.5
Charlottesville 14 44,505 49.3% 36.4 1.4
Williamsburg 15 14,401 48.6% 32.0 1.5
Blacksburg 16 43,204 69.3% 31.3 1.5
Harrisonburg 17 50,821 35.6% 33.5 1.6
Warrenton 18 9,774 34.9% 38.3 1.3
Lexington 19 7,114 44.8% 30.5 1.3
Chesapeake 20 228,168 29.4% 39.1 1.5
Suffolk 21 85,477 26.1% 39.8 1.5
Salem 22 25,120 30.7% 36.2 1.3
Culpeper 23 16,968 23.9% 39.5 1.4
Norfolk 24 244,745 25.6% 39.2 1.6
Smithfield 25 8,159 30.9% 40.6 1.4
Fredericksburg 26 26,632 37.7% 36.0 1.4
Radford 27 16,993 34.9% 31.5 1.4
Ashland 28 7,264 23.4% 34.2 1.4
Strasburg 29 6,486 15.9% 39.4 1.2
Winchester 30 27,031 28.1% 37.4 1.3
Staunton 31 24,132 31.5% 37.3 1.2
Newport News 32 181,362 24.1% 38.8 1.4
Woodstock 33 5,164 20.2% 38.4 1.1
Richmond 34 211,063 35.4% 37.0 1.3
Dumfries 35 5,122 12.9% 38.2 1.7
Lynchburg 36 77,626 32.3% 34.3 1.3
Vinton 37 8,129 19.8% 37.7 1.3
Abingdon 38 8,176 32.6% 38.8 1.0
Colonial Heights 39 17,542 19.6% 38.6 1.2
Hampton 40 136,904 23.3% 38.5 1.4
Roanoke 41 97,949 24.1% 38.0 1.2
Covington 42 5,853 9.0% 39.5 1.0
Front Royal 43 14,709 16.6% 38.3 1.3
Portsmouth 44 96,007 19.5% 39.0 1.3
Farmville 45 8,350 31.3% 30.9 1.2
Waynesboro 46 21,177 19.0% 37.1 1.1
Bluefield 47 5,375 20.6% 39.1 1.2
Buena Vista 48 6,683 14.0% 36.6 1.2
Galax 49 6,981 12.4% 38.8 1.1
Pulaski 50 8,993 12.3% 39.0 1.0
Bristol 51 17,595 20.4% 38.7 1.1
Marion 52 5,931 19.0% 37.8 1.0
Big Stone Gap 53 5,559 14.9% 39.6 1.1
Richlands 54 5,698 12.2% 40.3 0.9
Franklin 55 8,534 19.8% 38.2 1.1
Wytheville 56 8,193 20.6% 37.6 0.9
Petersburg 57 32,439 14.9% 38.3 1.2
South Boston 58 8,069 19.5% 37.3 1.0
Hopewell 59 22,375 10.9% 37.8 1.2
Danville 60 42,704 17.2% 37.9 1.0
Martinsville 61 13,745 16.6% 38.5 1.0
Emporia 62 5,682 15.0% 37.2 1.0