These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Wisconsin

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

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

  1. Mcfarland
  2. Cottage Grove
  3. Waunakee
  4. Deforest
  5. Sussex
  6. Muskego
  7. Lake Hallie
  8. Hobart
  9. Whitefish Bay
  10. Grafton

So listen up Wisconsin Rapids 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 Badger 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 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 144 places in Wisconsin, we ranked each place from 1 to 144 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 Wisconsin”. And, at the end of the day, Mcfarland 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. Mcfarland


Population: 8,009 College Graduates: 49.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,533 College Graduates: 45.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,613 College Graduates: 50.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

4. Deforest


Population: 9,232 College Graduates: 34.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,632 College Graduates: 35.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Muskego

Muskego, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 24,387 College Graduates: 33.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.2
Workers Per Household: 1.6

7. Lake Hallie


Population: 6,550 College Graduates: 26.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

8. Hobart

Hobart, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,951 College Graduates: 39.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,132 College Graduates: 75.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Grafton

Grafton, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,539 College Graduates: 40.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Wisconsin

CityRankPopulationCollege GraduatesAverage Hours Worked Per WeekWorkers Per Household

McFarland 1 8,009 49.1% 38.6 1.5
Cottage Grove 2 6,533 45.1% 39.1 1.7
Waunakee 3 12,613 50.5% 37.8 1.6
DeForest 4 9,232 34.4% 38.7 1.6
Sussex 5 10,632 35.8% 38.8 1.5
Muskego 6 24,387 33.6% 37.2 1.6
Lake Hallie 7 6,550 26.0% 40.3 1.6
Hobart 8 6,951 39.1% 40.0 1.5
Whitefish Bay 9 14,132 75.8% 38.9 1.4
Grafton 10 11,539 40.3% 38.0 1.4
Verona 11 11,353 50.5% 38.5 1.3
Kronenwetter 12 7,330 31.7% 37.7 1.7
Wind Lake 13 5,347 26.0% 38.7 1.6
Platteville 14 11,480 32.3% 32.6 1.8
Pewaukee 15 13,599 48.8% 38.6 1.4
Suamico 16 11,621 33.7% 38.6 1.7
River Falls 17 15,050 39.8% 34.2 1.7
Elm Grove 18 5,985 75.9% 39.9 1.3
Richfield 19 11,365 36.6% 39.0 1.6
Sun Prairie 20 30,601 42.5% 38.1 1.5
Oregon 21 9,629 37.3% 39.1 1.5
Mount Horeb 22 7,286 36.6% 37.8 1.4
Oconomowoc 23 15,990 39.8% 39.2 1.4
Wauwatosa 24 46,838 55.8% 39.4 1.3
Evansville 25 5,089 24.2% 38.2 1.5
Fox Point 26 6,695 76.5% 39.2 1.3
Menomonee Falls 27 35,828 40.8% 38.6 1.3
Fitchburg 28 26,050 45.9% 38.5 1.5
Franklin 29 35,920 34.1% 39.1 1.4
Port Washington 30 11,401 37.7% 37.2 1.4
Hartland 31 9,161 38.8% 39.4 1.4
Rothschild 32 5,279 24.9% 38.9 1.4
Appleton 33 72,861 31.9% 37.6 1.4
Tichigan 34 5,332 30.7% 38.7 1.5
New Berlin 35 39,712 40.6% 38.8 1.3
Germa 36 19,791 38.6% 40.0 1.5
Shorewood 37 13,245 67.6% 37.8 1.3
Madison 38 239,848 55.0% 35.9 1.4
Mukwonago 39 7,426 30.7% 37.1 1.3
Hudson 40 13,023 46.7% 39.8 1.3
Brookfield 41 37,971 57.7% 38.3 1.3
Delafield 42 7,136 51.3% 40.3 1.3
Rib Mountain 43 5,512 38.7% 39.5 1.4
Stoughton 44 12,886 36.9% 37.3 1.4
Waukesha 45 71,083 34.4% 37.5 1.4
Lake Mills 46 5,768 34.2% 39.2 1.3
Hales Corners 47 7,749 35.6% 36.5 1.4
Mequon 48 23,300 63.9% 38.4 1.3
Cedarburg 49 11,485 55.7% 37.7 1.3
Onalaska 50 18,148 35.7% 39.1 1.3
Middleton 51 18,185 56.0% 38.2 1.3
Eau Claire 52 67,036 32.6% 34.9 1.5
Whitewater 53 14,801 35.1% 30.9 1.8
De Pere 54 24,216 34.5% 37.2 1.4
Howard 55 18,313 27.4% 37.5 1.5
Oak Creek 56 34,823 29.1% 39.0 1.4
Allouez 57 13,948 38.7% 38.3 1.3
Hartford 58 14,251 21.9% 38.3 1.4
Kaukauna 59 15,649 21.3% 38.5 1.5
Glendale 60 12,893 52.7% 37.5 1.1
Neenah 61 25,697 29.3% 38.3 1.3
Bellevue 62 14,936 24.9% 38.5 1.3
Menomonie 63 16,219 31.1% 32.0 1.5
La Crosse 64 51,864 30.6% 34.1 1.4
Slinger 65 5,131 24.7% 39.8 1.3
Little Chute 66 10,520 21.7% 38.3 1.4
Altoona 67 6,940 30.6% 38.9 1.3
Caledonia 68 24,689 31.1% 39.4 1.4
Pleasant Prairie 69 20,015 34.4% 38.2 1.4
Pewaukee 70 8,233 37.2% 38.8 1.2
Waterford 71 5,346 26.5% 40.0 1.4
Plover 72 12,195 31.6% 38.6 1.4
Holmen 73 9,335 23.3% 39.5 1.3
Ripon 74 7,699 23.4% 35.9 1.4
Columbus 75 5,014 31.2% 39.7 1.4
Stevens Point 76 26,778 34.2% 33.7 1.5
Jackson 77 6,773 24.0% 40.0 1.3
West Bend 78 31,496 26.1% 37.9 1.3
Monona 79 7,711 44.4% 38.2 1.1
North Fond du Lac 80 5,000 11.3% 38.8 1.4
Weston 81 14,937 24.0% 38.7 1.4
Greendale 82 14,208 38.9% 38.4 1.2
Fort Atkinson 83 12,436 26.8% 39.3 1.3
Oshkosh 84 66,430 24.8% 36.1 1.4
Jefferson 85 7,968 17.1% 38.3 1.3
Brown Deer 86 12,067 38.6% 38.0 1.2
Sturtevant 87 6,981 15.6% 37.7 1.3
Lake Geneva 88 7,693 29.5% 37.6 1.3
Plymouth 89 8,408 28.8% 37.7 1.2
Mount Pleasant 90 26,220 33.0% 39.2 1.3
Twin Lakes 91 6,033 22.6% 37.8 1.4
Reedsburg 92 9,411 17.2% 37.3 1.3
Marshfield 93 18,514 25.8% 37.9 1.2
Kimberly 94 6,590 22.6% 38.9 1.2
Milton 95 5,562 23.6% 39.7 1.3
Ashwaubenon 96 17,065 26.8% 37.4 1.3
Greenfield 97 36,990 26.7% 38.8 1.2
Menasha 98 17,535 21.7% 37.4 1.3
Monroe 99 10,807 20.0% 38.2 1.2
Delavan 100 8,467 16.2% 37.9 1.5
New Richmond 101 8,501 23.8% 38.4 1.4
Watertown 102 23,899 22.8% 36.9 1.4
Elkhorn 103 10,020 21.8% 38.4 1.4
Waupun 104 11,336 10.1% 38.1 1.2
Kenosha 105 99,709 23.0% 37.4 1.4
Tomah 106 9,281 18.6% 39.4 1.1
Edgerton 107 5,478 20.9% 40.5 1.2
Burlington 108 10,528 18.5% 37.9 1.4
Beaver Dam 109 16,331 18.9% 38.4 1.3
Portage 110 10,227 18.2% 36.3 1.3
Mayville 111 5,086 12.6% 39.2 1.4
Green Bay 112 104,574 23.1% 37.2 1.3
Sheboygan Falls 113 7,796 23.7% 39.4 1.2
South Milwaukee 114 21,210 18.8% 37.9 1.4
Baraboo 115 12,046 21.3% 36.9 1.3
West Allis 116 60,595 22.4% 38.0 1.3
St. Francis 117 9,488 27.3% 37.7 1.2
Janesville 118 63,674 21.5% 37.9 1.3
Ashland 119 8,167 29.1% 36.5 1.2
Sheboygan 120 48,918 18.5% 37.4 1.3
Sturgeon Bay 121 9,093 25.6% 37.0 1.1
Wausau 122 39,209 25.1% 36.9 1.2
Richland Center 123 5,128 20.2% 36.9 1.2
Fond du Lac 124 43,007 22.1% 37.9 1.3
Shawano 125 9,202 17.5% 36.6 1.1
Two Rivers 126 11,577 18.2% 37.1 1.1
Milwaukee 127 598,078 22.8% 36.6 1.3
Manitowoc 128 33,443 21.8% 38.0 1.2
Superior 129 26,932 22.4% 35.4 1.2
Berlin 130 5,451 13.4% 40.1 1.1
Prairie du Chien 131 5,829 15.9% 37.0 1.2
Sparta 132 9,610 18.9% 38.5 1.2
Waupaca 133 6,016 15.4% 39.4 1.2
New London 134 7,091 15.4% 38.7 1.3
Cudahy 135 18,321 20.9% 37.9 1.2
Merrill 136 9,491 14.6% 37.6 1.2
Racine 137 78,347 17.2% 37.4 1.3
Chippewa Falls 138 13,803 21.1% 38.2 1.0
Rhinelander 139 7,642 18.5% 36.7 1.2
Beloit 140 36,876 15.4% 36.6 1.3
Marinette 141 10,890 14.8% 38.6 1.1
Rice Lake 142 8,353 18.3% 36.7 1.1
Antigo 143 8,075 12.1% 37.2 1.0
Wisconsin Rapids 144 18,162 15.3% 36.7 1.0

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