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Bethesda Ranked Fourth ‘Hardest Working’ City in U.S.

Rankings based on work hours and commute times

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Elly Stauffer

Bethesda is the fourth hardest working city in the country, according to a ranking by a life insurance company. The rankings were based on “total time” working—an aggregate of work hours and commute times.

The average “total time” working for Bethesda residents was 46.4 hours per week, which included an average of 4.9 hours commuting.

“A suburb of the nation’s capital, Bethesda is one of the top-earning communities and best-educated towns in the U.S.,” according to a write-up accompanying the ranking. “Reflective of its environment, the city has higher-than-average wages, lower-than-average unemployment, and above-average hours worked.”

Two Northern Virginia jurisdictions were included in the rankings: Alexandria was ninth and Arlington was second. Walnut Creek, California was ranked first.

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