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April 16, 2012
‘The Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America’ List Released

The United States is one of the world’s hardest working countries, according to the International Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, but what towns are working hard for the United States? According to Total® Cereal and PARADE magazine, Columbia, Missouri is the hardest working town in America in a newly released list naming the “Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America.”

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The list, which analyzed total number of hours worked, unemployment rates, commute times, dual-income families and the likelihood of people to give up personal time for work, was compiled by PARADE magazine’s editorial research team using data from MRI, Claritas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Census Bureau to rank America’s hardest working towns.

The list, which was rvealed in a press release in conjunction with PARADE magazine’s annual “What People Earn” issue, paints a vivid picture of what exactly makes a hardworking town: one where the citizens punch the clock longer, and work harder, than anyone else. The issue, included in the April 15 edition of newspapers nationwide, takes a 30-year historical look at the American income and related HR issues.

“While the economic crisis has darkened people’s spirits, Americans want to work, live to work, and are working harder to make ends meet,” says Maggie Murphy, editor in chief, PARADE magazine. “This survey, done in conjunction with Total Cereal, lets PARADE shine a spotlight on the towns where people are really putting their noses to the grindstone.

The top 25 hardest working cities are:

  1. Columbia, Missouri
  2. Hartford, Connecticut
  3. Norfolk, Virginia
  4. Bloomington, Indiana
  5. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  6. Gainesville, Florida
  7. Las Cruces, New Mexico
  8. Newark, New Jersey
  9. Lansing, Michigan
  10. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  12. Salt Lake City, Utah
  13. Los Angeles, California
  14. Waco, Texas
  15. Athens, Georgia
  16. Boulder, Colorado
  17. Des Moines, Iowa
  18. Long Beach, California
  19. Evansville, Indiana
  20. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  21. Akron, Ohio
  22. Albany, New York
  23. Montgomery, Alabama
  24. Baltimore, Maryland
  25. Dallas, Texas

“There’s no free lunch for these folks, but thanks to Total we hope they will get the chance at a free breakfast,” says Parade’s Murphy. “We know that Americans work hard, and they deserve to be rewarded,” “That’s why Total partnered with PARADE to compile this list and on April 25, we will reward thousands of residents in the top five towns with free Total cereal to ensure that they start their day with a cereal that works as hard as they do,” said Jim Wilson, marketing manager of Total. For more information on the list, please www.Parade.com/towns. For more information on Total, visit www.TotalCereal.com.

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