April 16, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:55 pm

Two CT cities are Parade's hardest-working

Connecticut's two largest cities --Hartford and Bridgeport -- are at the top of Total Cereal/Parade magazine's 25 hardest-working U.S. cities.

No. 1 is Columbia, Mo., followed by Hartford; No. 3 Norfolk, Va.; No. 4 Bloomington, Ind.; and No. 5 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bridgeport is 10th.

Rounding out the top 10 in order are: Gainesville, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Newark, N.J.; and Lansing, Mich.

The list analyzed total number of hours worked, unemployment rates, commute times, dual-income families and the likelihood of people to give up personal time for work. Parade's editorial researchers used data from MRI, Claritas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.

When it comes to long workweeks, towns named in the top five know a thing or two about it. Whereas the national average for workweeks is 34.2, Tuscaloosa, Norfolk and Hartford clock more hours (36.3, 35.6 and 35.1, respectively).

Other towns named in the list include: Baton Rouge, La. (11), Salt Lake City, Utah (12), Los Angeles (13), Waco, Texas (14), Athens, Ga (15), Boulder, Colo. (16), Des Moines, Iowa (17), Long Beach, Calif. (18), Evansville, Ind. (19), Milwaukee, Wis. (20), Akron, Ohio (21), Albany, N.Y. (22), Montgomery, Ala. (23), Baltimore, Md. (24), Dallas, Texas (25).

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