FILE - Aurora, Colorado

Aurora, Colorado at night.

Denver and Aurora are ranked among the nation's top 20 hardest-working cities.

Denver and Aurora ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, in WalletHub's 2020 "Hardest-Working Cities in America" report. Colorado Springs also ranked 41st, rounding out cities in Colorado that made the list.

Anchorage, Alaska, San Francisco, Ca., and Virginia Beach, Va., were the top three cities, while Texas had four cities (Irving, Corpus Christi, Austin and Plano) in the top 10.

"Many Americans view hard work as the path to achieving the American Dream," the report reads. "We work so hard, in fact, that we put in more hours at our jobs than several other industrialized countries. The average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year – 106 hours more than the average in Japan, 248 more than the U.K. and 403 more than Germany."

WalletHub compared data from the 116 largest cities in the country using 11 different metrics.

"Our data set ranges from employment rate to average weekly work hours to share of workers with multiple jobs," according to WalletHub.

Denver has also been ranked second overall for the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Places to Live in the USA" list, followed by Colorado Springs, which ranked third.

Economically, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area is one of the fastest growing geographies in the country. The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's most recent data shows that the metro area has a total gross domestic product (GDP) valued over $214 billion in 2018.

The state's economy has also been ranked the top economy in the country and recently ranked sixth for its economic momentum.

WalletHub recently ranked Colorado the third most educated state, and another WalletHub list ranking most educated cities placed Colorado Springs at No. 12 and Denver-Aurora-Lakewood at No. 16.

– The Center Square