Generally, a night shift is a job that requires that employees work a portion (or all) of their shift during nighttime hours, which is typically classified as being past midnight. Usually, the night shift is also commonly referred to as the third shift, but could either be seen as working from 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. or from 5:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. From the team at NapLab comes this new infographic that looks at the U.S. cities with the most people working night jobs.
To determine this ranking, the team at NapLab analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, specifically viewing how many people in metropolitan areas around the United States (with more than 200,000 workers) were starting their shifts between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and 4:59 A.M.
According to the data and the research conducted by NapLab, it was found that the area in the United States with the highest percentage of third-shift workers in the workforce is Las Vegas, Nevada.
This might not come as a surprise, due to the never-ending, around-the-clock gambling scene in Las Vegas, but 16.54% of workers in Sin City work some of their shifts during the nights. Las Vegas has many members of hotel crews and casinos, as well as bartenders, who contribute to this statistic.
Other areas around the United States with high percentages of people working the night shift would include second-ranked Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area, in California, where the data shows that 16.17% of workers are working night shifts. That’s just over 240,000 third-shift workers within that area.
The third-ranked metropolitan area, which is the Augusta-Richmond county metro area that covers cities across both South Carolina and Georgia, has approximately 27,220 workers who begin their shifts between 4:00 P.M. and 11:59 P.M., and approximately 11,683 workers who begin their shifts between midnight and 4:59 A.M.