These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Washington

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

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

  1. Snoqualmie
  2. Bothell East
  3. Sammamish
  4. Silver Firs
  5. Cottage Lake
  6. Newcastle
  7. Klahanie
  8. Maltby
  9. Fairwood Cdp (King County)
  10. Artondale

So listen up Kelso 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 Evergreen 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 it’s 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 190 places in Washington, we ranked each place from 1 to 190 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 Washington”. And, at the end of the day, Snoqualmie had it’s 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. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,625College Graduates: 59.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.6
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Bothell East


Population: 8,959 College Graduates: 54.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077College Graduates: 72.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Silver Firs


Population: 22,398 College Graduates: 45.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.1
Workers Per Household: 1.8

5. Cottage Lake


Population: 23,318 College Graduates: 58.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,792College Graduates: 62.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Klahanie


Population: 11,538 College Graduates: 66.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Maltby


Population: 11,447 College Graduates: 41.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

9. Fairwood Cdp (King County)

Fairwood Cdp (King County) - Hardest Washington

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19,088 College Graduates: 43.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

10. Artondale


Population: 13,089 College Graduates: 44.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Washington

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Snoqualmie 1 11,625 59.8% 41.6 1.6
Bothell East 2 8,959 54.9% 39.7 1.5
Sammamish 3 49,077 72.5% 39.9 1.5
Silver Firs 4 22,398 45.1% 37.1 1.8
Cottage Lake 5 23,318 58.7% 38.9 1.5
Newcastle 6 10,792 62.9% 38.9 1.5
Klahanie 7 11,538 66.4% 38.3 1.6
Maltby 8 11,447 41.6% 38.3 1.6
Fairwood CDP (King County) 9 19,088 43.2% 39.1 1.6
Artondale 10 13,089 44.9% 38.1 1.5
Felida 11 7,416 48.8% 38.4 1.5
Mukilteo 12 20,635 48.2% 39.3 1.5
Woodinville 13 11,201 52.7% 39.8 1.4
Mill Creek East 14 16,754 51.8% 38.5 1.6
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 15 21,313 66.5% 39.9 1.4
Lake Tapps 16 12,306 33.0% 39.0 1.6
Redmond 17 56,704 62.4% 39.9 1.4
DuPont 18 8,851 48.4% 43.5 1.3
Covington 19 18,361 29.5% 39.2 1.7
Bothell West 20 18,243 41.2% 38.7 1.5
Brier 21 6,255 35.4% 37.8 1.7
Eastmont 22 20,443 34.8% 38.2 1.6
Kirkland 23 83,320 55.6% 39.6 1.4
Camas 24 20,458 42.0% 39.1 1.5
Duvall 25 7,185 41.6% 38.9 1.7
Lake Morton-Berrydale 26 9,654 29.5% 38.6 1.5
Mill Creek 27 18,667 47.8% 38.2 1.3
Kenmore 28 21,263 49.1% 37.8 1.4
Ridgefield 29 5,373 30.5% 40.3 1.6
Cavalero 30 5,251 27.0% 39.4 1.8
Seattle 31 637,850 57.9% 38.1 1.4
Maple Valley 32 24,040 35.1% 39.3 1.5
Issaquah 33 32,551 60.1% 39.4 1.3
Bellevue 34 132,268 62.1% 39.4 1.4
Lake Forest Park 35 12,938 56.7% 37.8 1.4
North Bend 36 6,127 38.9% 38.9 1.4
Bothell 37 34,920 45.5% 38.2 1.4
Picnic Point 38 8,969 35.7% 38.6 1.6
Mercer Island 39 23,636 75.6% 40.2 1.2
Alderwood Manor 40 8,628 31.7% 39.2 1.5
Mount Vista 41 7,745 40.5% 38.4 1.3
Normandy Park 42 6,491 53.7% 37.1 1.4
Wollochet 43 6,332 52.5% 39.4 1.2
North Lynnwood 44 17,602 32.3% 38.4 1.6
East Renton Highlands 45 11,674 34.2% 37.7 1.4
Renton 46 95,479 31.7% 38.2 1.5
Lake Stickney 47 8,324 18.7% 39.0 1.6
Bonney Lake 48 18,040 22.2% 38.5 1.6
Vashon 49 10,447 57.1% 35.0 1.3
Martha Lake 50 16,441 34.0% 38.6 1.6
Town and Country 51 5,450 29.2% 37.4 1.4
Lakeland South 52 13,047 25.5% 39.5 1.5
Edmonds 53 40,343 47.1% 38.5 1.2
Graham 54 24,330 19.3% 37.8 1.6
Shoreline 55 54,254 43.2% 37.6 1.4
Bainbridge Island 56 23,206 66.6% 37.6 1.2
Barberton 57 5,895 30.6% 38.1 1.4
Woods Creek 58 5,881 24.6% 39.6 1.7
Mountlake Terrace 59 20,318 26.7% 38.2 1.5
Pullman 60 30,851 65.0% 29.5 1.4
Hobart 61 6,548 28.9% 39.3 1.3
West Richland 62 12,680 32.5% 36.8 1.4
Selah 63 7,328 33.4% 37.3 1.3
College Place 64 8,905 28.2% 32.1 1.4
Richland 65 51,116 43.7% 37.6 1.3
Fairwood CDP (Spokane County) 66 8,312 33.9% 37.7 1.3
Lake Stevens 67 29,258 22.2% 38.6 1.5
Poulsbo 68 9,436 35.2% 38.1 1.2
Lakeland North 69 12,860 23.3% 38.7 1.5
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 70 15,339 29.0% 36.7 1.5
Steilacoom 71 6,083 34.6% 40.7 1.1
Tumwater 72 18,128 34.2% 37.7 1.3
Parkwood 73 7,312 21.7% 37.9 1.4
Monroe 74 17,564 19.2% 37.3 1.6
Pasco 75 65,858 15.5% 38.4 1.6
South Hill 76 54,878 25.0% 38.7 1.5
Lynnwood 77 36,267 26.4% 37.2 1.4
Federal Way 78 91,676 25.7% 38.2 1.4
Snohomish 79 9,326 24.0% 36.9 1.4
Otis Orchards-East Farms 80 6,538 18.8% 37.2 1.4
Lake Shore 81 6,560 33.2% 37.8 1.3
Fort Lewis 82 13,776 16.1% 48.4 2.1
Hockinson 83 5,129 29.4% 35.5 1.4
Sudden Valley 84 6,749 47.3% 37.3 1.3
Kent 85 122,620 24.3% 37.6 1.5
Kennewick 86 75,971 22.3% 38.0 1.3
Bangor Base 87 6,355 18.2% 56.5 2.8
Clarkston Heights-Vineland 88 6,754 25.2% 38.0 1.1
Liberty Lake 89 8,027 44.7% 38.1 1.3
Anacortes 90 15,965 37.1% 37.3 1.1
Fife 91 9,346 19.5% 39.7 1.5
Milton 92 7,260 22.7% 39.9 1.3
Fircrest 93 6,592 41.1% 37.9 1.2
Burien 94 49,291 23.1% 37.5 1.4
Cheney 95 11,014 42.5% 30.5 1.5
Bellingham 96 82,080 40.7% 33.6 1.4
Edgewood 97 9,538 23.6% 38.6 1.3
Connell 98 5,130 5.3% 36.5 1.6
Tanglewilde 99 5,865 18.6% 38.2 1.4
Olympia 100 47,847 43.4% 36.6 1.3
Ellensburg 101 18,455 39.8% 30.7 1.4
Lynden 102 12,579 26.1% 36.6 1.2
Des Moines 103 30,403 23.0% 37.4 1.4
Enumclaw 104 11,388 17.7% 37.6 1.4
Battle Ground 105 18,168 20.4% 37.0 1.4
Ephrata 106 7,888 19.8% 38.7 1.3
Wenatchee 107 32,627 24.2% 37.2 1.3
Minnehaha 108 8,864 23.6% 39.5 1.3
Manchester 109 5,081 27.9% 38.3 1.3
Frederickson 110 19,754 17.4% 38.7 1.5
Country Homes 111 5,566 33.0% 31.4 1.4
Waller 112 7,681 21.3% 39.1 1.3
Summit View 113 7,033 19.6% 38.6 1.5
Mead 114 7,314 27.9% 37.6 1.3
Orchards 115 21,259 17.4% 37.7 1.6
Puyallup 116 38,092 24.6% 37.6 1.4
Lacey 117 44,031 31.0% 39.2 1.3
Summit 118 8,025 23.3% 37.3 1.2
Terrace Heights 119 6,701 23.6% 39.4 1.3
Auburn 120 73,403 22.5% 37.9 1.4
Prairie Ridge 121 11,935 11.2% 38.9 1.5
Othello 122 7,524 13.3% 40.9 1.5
White Center 123 14,228 15.5% 37.3 1.5
Orting 124 6,941 17.0% 38.4 1.4
Tracyton 125 5,909 23.1% 37.2 1.4
Marysville 126 62,472 18.1% 38.2 1.5
University Place 127 31,670 34.9% 37.9 1.3
Finley 128 6,204 12.2% 37.4 1.4
Tukwila 129 19,573 21.7% 37.6 1.4
Salmon Creek 130 20,985 31.4% 37.7 1.4
Five Corners 131 19,787 17.6% 37.9 1.6
Stanwood 132 6,468 22.9% 37.1 1.2
SeaTac 133 27,606 18.8% 37.4 1.4
Silverdale 134 20,364 30.2% 39.6 1.3
Washougal 135 14,563 23.9% 36.8 1.4
Tacoma 136 201,794 25.5% 37.9 1.3
Woodland 137 5,535 17.2% 38.3 1.6
Sunnyside 138 16,038 9.8% 39.8 1.6
Everett 139 104,708 21.0% 38.4 1.4
Bremerton 140 38,664 19.4% 42.1 1.4
Gig Harbor 141 7,620 44.6% 37.5 1.0
Ferndale 142 12,040 26.0% 35.7 1.3
Quincy 143 7,075 10.8% 39.5 1.7
Spanaway 144 29,113 11.7% 38.4 1.4
Spokane 145 210,142 28.6% 36.6 1.2
Mount Vernon 146 32,356 20.3% 36.4 1.3
Elk Plain 147 13,947 14.6% 37.7 1.5
Vancouver 148 165,554 25.1% 37.8 1.3
Port Townsend 149 9,168 45.3% 34.1 0.9
Oak Harbor 150 22,220 23.2% 39.6 1.2
Hazel Dell 151 19,590 21.4% 36.6 1.3
Toppenish 152 9,007 7.2% 40.5 1.5
Sumner 153 9,548 17.0% 38.2 1.3
East Wenatchee 154 13,403 18.4% 38.1 1.3
Walla Walla 155 31,895 23.1% 34.3 1.2
Clover Creek 156 7,052 13.9% 37.7 1.4
Walnut Grove 157 10,705 24.3% 38.5 1.2
Birch Bay 158 8,475 30.9% 39.2 1.2
Arlington 159 18,370 14.8% 38.6 1.4
Yelm 160 7,398 22.0% 38.5 1.3
Camano 161 15,201 25.1% 37.3 1.1
Spokane Valley 162 90,829 20.9% 37.3 1.2
Pacific 163 6,845 13.5% 36.8 1.5
East Port Orchard 164 5,098 15.5% 35.8 1.2
Wapato 165 5,043 3.4% 38.2 1.6
West Side Highway 166 5,659 12.5% 36.1 1.4
Port Orchard 167 12,715 24.7% 37.7 1.2
Grandview 168 11,023 8.6% 39.8 1.5
Parkland 169 36,263 12.9% 36.4 1.4
Yakima 170 92,806 17.3% 37.6 1.3
Moses Lake 171 21,141 20.0% 38.6 1.2
Prosser 172 5,793 19.8% 38.8 1.2
Lakewood 173 58,890 21.3% 38.7 1.2
Burlington 174 8,466 13.3% 37.1 1.3
Sedro-Woolley 175 10,645 13.7% 39.4 1.3
Union Gap 176 6,061 5.3% 37.5 1.2
Shelton 177 9,798 14.2% 37.2 1.3
Chehalis 178 7,265 17.4% 36.9 1.2
Midland 179 8,526 12.5% 37.1 1.3
West Clarkston-Highland 180 5,224 20.9% 35.1 1.1
Port Angeles 181 19,125 20.3% 37.2 1.0
Aberdeen 182 16,544 15.6% 37.1 1.2
Sequim 183 6,651 24.3% 35.8 0.8
Airway Heights 184 6,356 7.9% 35.5 1.3
Ocean Shores 185 5,609 20.9% 39.0 0.8
Centralia 186 16,664 13.7% 36.4 1.1
Longview 187 36,589 15.5% 36.8 1.0
Hoquiam 188 8,560 12.3% 37.0 1.1
Clarkston 189 7,318 10.6% 35.6 1.0
Kelso 190 11,837 10.0% 36.7 1.0