Report: Five North Texas Cities Are Among Top 20 ‘Hardest Working’ in the U.S.

Carrollton, Frisco, Irving, Dallas, and McKinney all have their noses to the grindstone, according to CoworkingCafe's evaluation of where U.S. residents work the hardest.

Five North Texas cities are among the Top 20 in CoworkingCafe’s list of the Hardest Working Cities in the nation.

Locally, Carrollton ranked No. 4 in all of the U.S.—followed by Frisco at No. 13, Irving at No. 15, Dallas at No. 19, and McKinney at No. 20.

Arlington, Virginia, was ranked as the hardest-working U.S. city with the lowest share of idle population and highest employment rate in its active age group, followed by neighboring Alexandria, Virginia, CoworkingCafe said. Sunnyvale, California, at No. 3, took the top spot for highest productivity.

CoworkingCafe is a listing service for flex workspace solutions and is part of the Yardi commercial listings websites. 

Hard-working cities in North Texas

Here’s what the study said about Carrollton:

“Ranking fourth overall, Carrollton, TX, boasted the third-highest score nationwide in the work category. This was largely due to the Dallas suburb’s active older adults, who secured second place in this subcategory with an impressive employment rate of more than 32%—just half a percentage point below Cambridge, MA. What’s more, Carrollton demonstrated exceptional employment rates among its working-age group, standing tall at 83%. Plus, with an average workweek of just more than 40 hours, Carrollton’s workforce exemplifies dedication and resilience in their professional lives.”

CoworkingCafe said Frisco “showcased dedication and resilience among its workforce with a 3.9% unemployment rate and an average workweek of just more than 40 hours. The Dallas suburb also had the third-highest efficiency score among our top 20 cities, thanks to an outstanding rate of remote work of almost 30%.”

Irving stood out, CoworkingCafe said, for having one of the highest rates of employment among older adults at nearly 27%. “That’s in addition to a moderate, 4.1% unemployment rate, thereby showing a culture of inclusivity and an environment of opportunity for all age demographics,” the study said.

Dallas, according to CoworkingCafe, has one of the longest average work weeks at almost 41 hours and a minimal commute time of less than 27 minutes. It said that Dallas “exemplifies efficiency and productivity. Positioned as a center of economic activity, Dallas showcases resilience and opportunity to set a high standard for workforce engagement and economic vitality.”

No 20 McKinney was cited for its low unemployment rate. “With a low, 3.7% unemployment rate and consistently high scores across the other metrics, the city further reinforces the DFW area’s reputation of as one of the great hard-working American hubs,” CoworkingCafe said.

Breaking down the stats

Here’s a statistical ranking by category of the North Texas cities:


  • 6th – Average weekly work hours (40.1 hours)
  • 9th – Employment Rate – 16-24 age group (55.3%)
  • 6th – Employment Rate – 25-64 age group (83%)
  • 2nd – Employment Rate – 65+ age group (32.2%)
  • 6th – Unemployment rate (3.7%)


  • 5th – Average weekly work hours (40.4 hours)
  • 7th – Unemployment rate (3.9%)
  • 1st – Share of remote workers (29.5%)
  • 7th – Coworking space density (9.8 per 100K workers)


  • 7th – Average weekly work hours (40 hours)
  • 4th – Employment Rate – 65+ age group (26.9%)
  • 5th – Average commute time (23.8 min


  • 4th – Average weekly work hours (40.5 hours)
  • 9th – Employment Rate – 65+ age group (24.2%)
  • 10th – Average commute time (26.4 min)


  • 7th – Average weekly work hours (40 hours)
  • 6th – Unemployment rate (3.7%)

You can see the full study by going here.

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