Here Are the 10 Hardest-Working Cities in America

We've already shared with you the best cities for jobs and job growth in the United States. Wallethub recently published a report that offers a different perspective on American employment: Listed below are the cities with hardest-working residents in the country.

The personal finance website determined the work ethic of major cities in every state by looking at numerous factors, including employment rate, unused vacation days, average workweek length, and the number of citizens working multiple jobs. They pulled their data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup, and other sources.

According to their findings, workers in Anchorage, Alaska dedicate the most time and energy to their jobs, with the city scoring 79 on Wallethub's 100-point scale. It's followed by San Francisco, California in the second slot and Irving, Texas in third. You can check out the top 10 cities below.

1. Anchorage, AK
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Irving, TX
4. Virginia Beach, VA
5. Plano, TX
6. Denver, CO
7. Aurora, CO
8. Austin, TX
9. Cheyenne, WY
10. Sioux Falls, SD

The map below shows that many of America's hardest-working cities fall into a handful of regions. California boasts the most cities on the full list of 100 with 17. In addition to San Francisco, Irvine, Fremont, San Jose, and San Diego are included. Texas is also home to a high number of hard-working cities, with nine places in just the top 25.

Source: WalletHub

If you want to throw yourself into your job and surround yourself with other hard workers, this is a good list of places to relocate in. Others may see this as a list of cities to avoid; research has shown that working more than 39 hours a week has a negative impact on your health. As an alternative, here are some of the most fun cities in America to consider for your next move.

Scotland Could Become the First Country to Provide Universal Period Products to Citizens

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Fears over where to find—and how to afford—sanitary products before their next menstrual cycle may no longer be an issue for people in Scotland. Earlier today, as the BBC reports, Members of Scottish Parliament passed the first part of a bill that would make items like pads and tampons free to the public.

The Period Products Bill was first put forth in 2017 to address period poverty, which affects people who are unable to afford essential menstrual hygiene products. Pads, tampons, and some reusable menstrual items are currently available to students in primary schools and universities in the country. The Scottish government has also expanded the program to include additional public places and sports clubs, but this new bill goes even further. If passed, Scotland would become the first country to provide free period products to citizens on a universal scale.

Ministers in the Scottish Parliament were initially concerned about the bill's £24 million ($31 million) annual price tag, but earlier this month, members of all parties in the government came out in support of the legislation. Though the bill passed through the first stage of parliament today, February 25, the BBC wrote that "The government is expected to put forward a raft of amendments to address their 'significant' concerns about the legislation," including the aforementioned cost.

Period poverty is an issue that's felt around the world. In America, many lawmakers are fighting to end the "tampon tax": a sales tax that's added to sanitary products and waived from other hygiene products deemed essential in many states, like dandruff shampoo.

[h/t BBC]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.