We're certainly not the "laziest" city, but the Rose City didn't even crack the Top 30 nationally...according to Locality.com, Portland was ranked the 38th hardest working city in the U.S.
To calculate this ranking for more than 50 American cities, Locality.com analyzed the average number of hours that local businesses work each week -- with an emphasis on service-oriented businesses like dry cleaners and hair salons.
Here are the complete U.S. rankings (with the averaged weekly hours worked in parentheses):
TOP 50 HARDEST WORKING U.S. CITIES
1. NEW YORK (65.91 hours)
2. LAS VEGAS (64.61 hours)
3. BOSTON (63.49 hours)
4. LOS ANGELES (62.85 hours)
5. SAN JOSE (62.59 hours)
6. PHOENIX (62.35 hours)
7. CHICAGO (61.54 hours)
8. INDIANAPOLIS (61.47 hours)
9. MINNEAPOLIS (61.20 hours)
10. OMAHA (61.00 hours)
11. RALEIGH (61.00 hours)
12. CHARLOTTE (60.87 hours)
13. MESA (60.83 hours)
14. SAN DIEGO (60.83 hours)
15. LONG BEACH (60.72 hours)
16. ATLANTA (60.70 hours)
17. MILWAUKEE (60.66 hours)
18. HOUSTON (60.59 hours)
19. FRESNO (60.52 hours)
20. SACRAMENTO (60.29 hours)
21. COLUMBUS (60.04 hours)
22. VIRGINIA BEACH (59.77 hours)
23. MIAMI (59.62 hours)
24. KANSAS CITY (59.53 hours)
25. DENVER (59.4 hours)
26. EL PASO (59.47 hours)
27. SAN ANTONIO (59.43 hours)
28. WASHINGTON (59.21 hours)
29. DALLAS (59.20 hours)
30. BALTIMORE (59.07 hours)
31. PHILADELPHIA (59.04 hours)
32. JACKSONVILLE (59.01 hours)
33. AUSTIN (58.96 hours)
34. SEATTLE (58.91 hours)
35. COLORADO SPRINGS (58.39 hours)
36. OKLAHOMA CITY (58.34 hours)
37. MEMPHIS (58.33 hours)
38. PORTLAND (58.32 hours)
39. WICHITA (58.22 hours)
40. TUCSON (58.17 hours)
41. SAN FRANCISCO (57.79 hours)
42. NASHVILLE (57.58 hours)
43. FORT WORTH (57.58 hours)
44. ARLINGTON (57.17 hours)
45. OAKLAND (57.16 hours)
46. LOUISVILLE (56.97 hours)
47. ALBUQUERQUE (56.72 hours)
48. CLEVELAND (55.94 hours)
49. DETROIT (55.81 hours)
50. TULSA, OK (55.66 hours)
Other interesting findings include:
* NYC businesses work an average of 65.9 hours per week. This is 13% higher than the national average.
* For a city that doesn't seem to have off hours, San Francisco is at a surprising #41, with 57.79 hours per week.
* Las Vegas - a city that's open all hours - tends to have harder workers, and comes in at #2 with 64.61 hours worked.
* Boston has the hardest working Dry Cleaners in America - with the highest number of stores (43%) open on Sundays
Now get back to work and let's see P-town's number improve next time! :-)
GETTING TO KNOW JIM E. CHONGA
Hometown: Portland, Oregon! Graduated from Cleveland High School, attended Pacific University in Forest Grove and Portland State University.
Family: Wife Tara; daughter Emily; son Aidan
Hobbies: Golfing (it's not just a sport... it's way of life!), playing pool, darts, playing handbells and singing in my church choir, reading, and playing the organ (my childhood dream was to play the one at the Organ Grinder on 82nd or the one at Oaks Park Roller Rink...never did).
Favorite Foods: Filet Mignon, Pizza, Hazelnut Crusted Halibut, and Turkey with all the trimmings, and ice cream (maybe these explain my cholesterol issues).
Favorite Movies: Big fan of the Disney Pixar ventures.. also the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises (not that my movie viewing is influenced by my children in any way!)
Favorite Sounds: My childrens' laughter, the ocean, train whistles, and popping wine corks
Favorite Vacation Spots: Hawaii, the Oregon Coast, Sun River, and the San Juan Islands.
Guilty Pleasures: Fine wine and desserts!
Something I love that I lost: My dad, in 2005. He became a father at 57 and lived to 94. He swore he'd be the only guy collecting social security with a kid in kindergarten.
Things people would be surprised to know about me: I'm scared to death of getting a speeding ticket... don't know why, just am... have never even had a parking ticket. I'm usually very quiet at home and at family gatherings. Also have a thing for numbers... I easily remember phone numbers, family and friends birthdays/anniversaries, and license plates of every car my parents or I have ever had.
Physical fitness routine: Who has time? I jump to conclusions and bend over backwards for people on a daily basis!
My Radio Career (all in Portland): KMJK Magic 107 1984-1987, Q-105 1987-1995, KUPL 1995-2008, and since 2009, 106.7 The Eagle!