The 11 Laziest Cities in the U.S.


Looking for a little extra shut-eye during the work week? Of course, you could push your bed time up, hitting the hay earlier in the evening. You could also switch careers to a job with a later start time. Or you could peruse this data, compiled by FiveThirtyEight, to see which cities in the U.S. have the latest median office arrival time, allowing workers to (in theory) sleep later.

But don’t pack up and move just yet; there are a few caveats about this data. The late arrival times are for the city, but that doesn’t mean it is where all the workers call home. In major metro areas, where people commute in from the suburbs, a lengthy commute to work could cut down drastically on how much sleep a person gets. The data is based on information from the Census and doesn’t factor in people who work from home.

The median time people report to work in the U.S. is 7:55 a.m. according to the data. A fair number of the workers in the cities here arrive after that time — and well past the median time of the earliest median work arrival time, a title which goes to Hinesville, Georgia, where the middle-marker for getting to work is 7:01 a.m. Still there are a few trends and industries that continuously pop up in the cities with a later than average start time. So even if you can’t switch jobs, or up and move, you can cast a jealous eye on eleven metro areas where workers may be getting more beauty rest than the average American.