Minnesota may be known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but when the Movoto Real Estate Blog decided to find out which places in it are working the hardest, it discovered that office water coolers are a lot more familiar to the state’s residents than any natural bodies of water. In the places Movoto looked at for this ranking, workers are putting in an average of 38 hours a week on the job and spending an average of 24 minutes each way to get there.
Maple Grove was named the sixth most “Hardest Working Places In Minnesota.”
“I think this is a tribute to our wonderful residents, business and city employees that understand the value of hard work,” Maple Grove City Administrator said. “It is also a tribute to our many volunteers. Everyone takes great pride in what they do and how they do it. We are very happy and honored to be recognized as one of the hardest working Cities in Minnesota. It is a well deserving honor.”
The status of “hardest working place in Minnesota” was given to Chanhassen.
The top 10 hardest working places in the state:
4. Prior Lake
6. Maple Grove
How Cities Were Ranked
Movoto decided to focus on four main criteria to determine just how firmly each place in Minnesota studied is putting its nose to the grindstone. The criteria included:
• Adjusted median household income (median household income compared to cost of living, higher being better)
• Average time spent commuting (higher)
• Unemployment rate (lower)
• Average hours worked per week (higher)
These criteria were applied to a list of 97 places in the state with populations of 10,000 people or more according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Each place was ranked from 1 to 97 in the individual criteria, with one being best. These individual rankings were then averaged into one overall big deal score for each city, the lower the better, with the lowest score being the hardest working place.
On the website it states Maple Grove, “Known in part for its Shoppes at Arbor Lakes retail center, Maple Grove is home to near 62,000 people who spend so much time working we wonder if they have any left to shop. This city came in fourth overall (in a three-way tie) for hours worked, with a workweek averaging 39.4 hours. Those long hours are put in by a workforce that has only 5.1 percent unemployment, placing Maple Grove at 38th in that category.
“When they do get to shop, Maple Grove residents have more buying power, as the city placed third overall for adjusted median household income at $85,896. Commutes for its residents last 29 minutes each way on average, tying for 17th in that criterion.”