The next time you whine about how much you work, be thankful you don't live in San Francisco, Washington D.C., or Charlotte. Unless you do, of course, in which case, whine away! Because you probably have it pretty bad.
No big city in this country works as hard—or at least as many hours per week on average—as San Francisco, where people log more than 44 hours at the office each week, according to a new report released by the office of the New York City Comptroller. People in Washington D.C. and Charlotte work the second longest work weeks, tied at 43.5 hours, followed by several cities in Texas. Meanwhile, New York City, the city that supposedly never sleeps, ranks 12th on the list, at 42.5 hours per week.
The average among the 30 largest cities in the United States is 42.2 hours per week.
There is, however, another facet of the work week that could also deflate your spirit: the length of people's commutes. And this is where New Yorkers actually have it pretty bad, according to the report. On average, people living in the Big Apple spend more than 6 hours each week heading to and from work, nearly an hour more than that endured by dwellers of any other large city.
When you add the two together—the time worked and time spent getting to and from work each week—the picture changes a bit. The new measure, which one might call the actual workweek since it counts the total time people are spending away from homeas a result of their jobs, churns out a list that looks a bit more like one might expect.
New York City, where the combined work week totals almost 49 hours, is first; San Francisco, where it's just over 48.5 hours, is second; and Washington D.C., where it's 48 hours, is third. Charlotte, where the average commute is only 3.45 hours per week, falls from 3rd to 10th.
The most obvious takeaway here is that the 40 hour work week seems to be a thing of the past. In all of America's largest cities, people spend at least an hour longer than that at their desk each week—and when you tack on the time they spend commuting, it's even longer.
Just to make you feel even worse, you could be working less if you lived in practically any other developed country in the world.Consider that people in at least 22 other developed countries, including the Netherlands where people work only 30 hours per week and Germany where people work only about 35 hours per week, people spend fewer than 40 hours at their job each week, according to estimates by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.