Americans take pride in their work ethic. There’s a reason, after all, that we talk about “hard-working” or “red-blooded” Americans in our political discourse. And it’s hard to deny there are millions of people out there who give it 110% all day, every day. There are, however, many people who are fine with skating by — with sitting on the sidelines, playing video games or collecting checks.
It’s hard to say just how many people are like that. But we do know America’s hardest working and most motivated tend to be clustered in certain parts of the country. A new report from CashNetUSA reveals which states, specifically, tend to most embody that American work ethic. To be more precise, the report ranks the states in terms of motivation — or, in other words, a willingness to get things done.
The CashNetUSA report used an interesting methodology to determine the rankings. It began with three factors: activation, persistence, and intensity.
“Based on the three motivation components, we set to measure them through the following categories: healthy eating by fruit and vegetable consumption, exercise, reduction and increase in obesity, feeling active and productive, number of social associations (such as golf clubs and fitness centers), hours volunteering, and startup density,” the report said. “You could argue that these pieces of data don’t individually reveal motivation levels, but when viewed all together the three major components of motivation provide a strong indication of motivation levels in a given state.”
Let’s take a look at the 15 states home to the hardest-working Americans.