Texans work longer hours but earn less than people in other parts of the United States

Although Texas was named the No. 5 hardest-working state in the nation, other states that worked less had higher median incomes.

On average, Texans worked 39.9 hours a week, making them among the hardest-working people in the nation. - Wikipedia Commons / David Lally
Wikipedia Commons / David Lally
On average, Texans worked 39.9 hours a week, making them among the hardest-working people in the nation.
Texans are among the hardest working people in the country, according to a new study released by online personal finance blog WalletHub.

But is that a good thing?

Texas ranked as the No. 5 hardest-working state in the country, according to the report, which compared all 50 states via metrics including average hours worked per week, the share of workers with more than one job and annual volunteer hours per resident. On average, Texans worked 39.9 hours a week, according to WalletHub.

Although Texans often take pride in their work ethic, being one of the hardest-toiling states doesn't equate to a higher standard of living. The median income for individuals in the Lone Star State was $31,462 — only slightly above the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

North Dakota took the top spot on WalletHub's list as the state with the hardest working folks, followed by Alaska and Nebraska, respectively.

Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York were among the least hard-working states. And while their workers put in fewer hours on average than Texans, all three boasted a higher median income.

Maybe working smarter, not harder, is the way to go.  Or maybe, as many observers have noted, the much-touted Texas miracle has more to do with the quantity of jobs being created than the quality.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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