Rise and shine? Kansas City is on the job at a median time of 7:51 a.m.

04/22/2014 2:27 PM

04/22/2014 3:53 PM

Kansas City is middle America in many ways, including the median time that people start their workdays — 7:51 a.m. But workers in nearby Lawrence have one of the latest start times in the country.

Number cruncher Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com dug into the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to rank the best cities for early birds and sleepyheads.

Perhaps because of commuting hassles, New Yorkers have the latest median start time, 8:24 a.m., among the cities Silver ranked. He figured the national median at 7:55 a.m. San Francisco also was a late starter with an 8:17 a.m. median.

Lawrence gets a late start along with other towns with heavy college or tourism presences. The median workday begins at 8:15 a.m. in Lawrence, perhaps reflecting a vibrant nightlife rather than 8 a.m. classes.

Silver found some of the earliest start times in military communities. Hinesville, Ga., home to Fort Stewart, had the earliest workday on Silver’s list, 7:01 a.m. Other early start times were found in agricultural communities such as Bakersfield, Calif.

Kansas City and other midsize Midwestern cities — St. Louis, Omaha, Milwaukee — were just minutes away from the national median. Denver hit the median exactly.

Many bigger cities aren’t much different, though. Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle were among cities hovering around 8 a.m. start times.

And all those government workers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C.? They’re on the job at a median time of 8:07 a.m.

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