Are Idahoans struggling with work-life balance?

The fantastic landscape of Idaho allows for so many different activities from rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to hiking Redfish Lake Canyon and exploring the craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. But, there seems to be a disconnect from all that Idaho offers outdoors.

Are we working too much in Idaho?

It sure seems that way according to a new survey from which put together a list of the states with the Best Work-Life Balance and a list of the states with the Worst Work-Life Balance, but how bad is it in Idaho?

Here's the methodology they used:

We analyzed work and leisure reported in the 2021 American Time Use Survey to determine the states with the best and worst work-life balance. Each category is defined as follows:

  • Work: Work and work-related activities; travel related to work
  • Leisure: Socializing, relaxing and leisure; sports, exercise, and recreation; travel related to socializing; travel related to sports

To qualify, respondents had to be employed, report time working, and have been interviewed about weekday activities. States with five or fewer respondents—Alaska, Delaware, and South Dakota—were disqualified.


States with the best work-life balance have over 3 hours of leisure time per day.

I find that hard to believe, they also mention that most states also get 8 or more hours of sleep per night. Part of their conclusion they mention playing games as part of their leisure time, so how many people are actually less productive at work and possibly playing games on their phones? We don't know the answer, but here are the Top 5 Best States with work-life balance:

  • #1 Vermont -
    • 7.13 Avg. Hours worked per day
    • 4.66 Avg. Leisure hours per workday
  • #2 North Dakota
    • 7.621 Avg. Hours worked per day
    • 3.91 Avg. Leisure hours per workday
  • #3 Nevada
    • 7.71 Avg. Hours worked per day
    • 3.8 Avg. Leisure hours per day
  • #4 Wyoming
    • 7.21 Avg. Hours worked per day
    • 3.54 Avg. Leisure hours per day
  • #5 Utah
    • 7.5 Avg. Hours worked per day
    • 3.46 Avg. Leisure hours per day

States With The Worst Work-Life Balance

"Following states report more work and less play than the rest of the U.S. The residents of every state on the worst work-life balance list work more than 40 hours a week on average and have less than 3 hours of leisure time per weekday."

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