New York City Workday Starts Latest

Of all American cities

Apr 22, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Ever wonder who the first one on in the morning is?    Getty Images/iStockphoto/ViewApart

Hop off the subway, grab a coffee, and enjoy it on the High Line for a few minutes. Check your watch. For most New Yorkers, the workday begins at 8:24 a.m.

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver crunched some numbers this morning to find the median time Americans begin their workday in given metro areas, and New Yorkers get into the office later than any other U.S. city.

It is a median number, which for Silver's analysis means 25 percent of New Yorkers arrive by 7:28 a.m. and 75 percent get in by 9:32. Las Vegas's median gap puts 75 percent of its workforce off the charts (which covers the 7 to 10 a.m. block).

New York is also the second most caffeinated city in America, next to Chicago (arrival time: 8:02 a.m.), spending about three times the national average on coffee, according to Bundle research from 2011.

For a lesson in getting the worm, see Hinesville, Georgia; Pascagoula, Mississippi; and Jacksonville, North Carolina. Their workforces all arrive before 7:20 a.m.