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Wichita ranks No. 9 on ‘hardest working’ cities list

Welders work at JR Custom Metal Products in 2012. A report from SpareFoot this week ranked Wichita as the ninth hardest-working city in the country, based in part on the hours that workers put in each week and the number of Wichita residents who hold down more than one job.
Welders work at JR Custom Metal Products in 2012. A report from SpareFoot this week ranked Wichita as the ninth hardest-working city in the country, based in part on the hours that workers put in each week and the number of Wichita residents who hold down more than one job. Eagle file photo

A timely list that arrived just ahead of the Labor Day weekend ranks Wichita as the No. 9 “hardest working” city in America.

Compiled by SpareFoot, an online company that helps you find storage units in your city or anyplace else, the criteria for the rankings included the percentage of the metro area’s population that worked, how many hours a week they worked and how many jobs they held.

Based on such factors, SpareFoot said the hardest-working metro area in the United States was Minneapolis-St. Paul, followed by Madison, Wis.

Omaha, Des Moines and Denver rounded out the top five.

Wichita’s No. 9 ranking was explained this way: “Residents of the largest city in Kansas work fairly long hours and are even more likely than residents of Milwaukee to hold more than one job.” Milwaukee was No. 8.

Wichita finished ahead of Boston, at No. 10, and Honolulu, at No. 11.

Of the 12 cities ranked, most were in the Midwest.

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