Who’s Doing the Most Housework in America? #infographic

Who’s Doing the Most Housework in America? #infographic

With spring around the corner, many Americans begin to list, after a long winter, at least one of the spring-cleaning tasks they plan to accomplish. Some loathe this time-honored tradition but it's an important part of maintaining a nice home look. Whether outdoor yardwork or indoor housework, many Americans are devoting significant time to keeping their homes looking good.

The average American spends 1.5 hours a day doing housework according to a recent survey. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics 'most recent data, CraftJack set out to decide where American people spend most of their time on housework, and how different demographics stack up. If you're doing a DIY project or mowing the lawn, the majority of housework types are hard work indeed. And as the study indicates, American's put a large portion of their everyday routine into housework.

CraftJack set out in this study to evaluate the states in America where people spend the most time on both indoor housework and outdoor yardwork. We decided to see how different groups used to spend time on housework and chores. Among others they contrasted the homeowners vs. tenants and men vs. women. Let's take a look at the study's key takeaways.

What states do the most American housework?

Using data from the 2018 American Time Use Survey, CraftJack was able to measure, in terms of hours a day, the time spent on housework by state. The breakdown listed below is for all 50 states:
  1. Maine – 1.8 hours per day 
  2. Connecticut – 1.7 hours per day 
  3. Vermont – 1.7 hours per day 
  4. Nevada – 1.7 hours per day 
  5. Oklahoma – 1.7 hours per day 
  6. Iowa – 1.7 hours per day 
  7. Oregon – 1.7 hours per day
  8.  Arizona – 1.6 hours per day 
  9. Wyoming – 1.6 hours per day
  10.  North Dakota – 1.6 hours per day
  11.  Washington – 1.6 hours per day 
  12. Minnesota – 1.6 hours per day 
  13. Michigan – 1.6 hours per day
  14.  Pennsylvania – 1.6 hours per day
  15.  Nebraska – 1.6 hours per day
  16.  Idaho – 1.5 hours per day 
  17. Virginia – 1.5 hours per day 
  18. South Dakota -1.5 hours per day
  19.  California – 1.5 hours per day
  20. Arizona – 1.5 hours per day 
  21. Colorado – 1.5 hours per day 
  22. Utah – 1.5 hours per day 
  23. Florida – 1.4 hours per day
  24.  Wisconsin – 1.4 hours per day
  25.  New Hampshire – 1.4 hours per day
  26.  Kentucky – 1.4 hours per day
  27.  New Jersey – 1.4 hours per day
  28.  New York – 1.4 hours per day
  29.  Indiana – 1.3 hours per day 
  30. Ohio – 1.3 hours per day 
  31. North Carolina – 1.3 hours per day
  32.  New Mexico – 1.3 hours per day 
  33. Delaware – 1.3 hours per day
  34.  Louisiana - 1.3 hours per day 
  35. West Virginia – 1.3 hours per day 
  36. Alabama – 1.3 hours per day 
  37. Tennessee – 1.3 hours per day 
  38. Kansas – 1.3 hours per day
  39.  Hawaii – 1.3 hours per day 
  40. Texas – 1.2 hours per day 
  41. Massachusetts – 1.2 hours per day
  42.  Mississippi – 1.2 hours per day 
  43. Illinois – 1.2 hours per day 
  44. South Carolina – 1.2 hours per day 
  45. Georgia – 1.2 hours per day
  46.  Maryland – 1.2 hours per day 
  47. Rhode Island – 1.2 hours per day 
  48. Montana – 1.2 hours per day 
  49. Alaska – 1.1 hours per day
  50.  Missouri – 1.1 hours per day
One interesting finding from the report is that on average homeowners spend more time on housework than those who rent. Homeowners spend an average of 1.7 hours a day, while at 1.2 hours, renters spend almost half an hour less a day. Although both men and women make a major contribution to housework, we find that men are spending more time than women. This refers to both indoor work (men spend 25 percent more time) and outdoor work (men spend 115 percent more time than women), and they are not only the common activity of indoor cleaning.

What states do the most research at yard?

The second section of the study looks at which states on average spend the most time tending toward their yards. A breakdown of all 50 states is listed below.

  1. Oregon 
  2. Mississippi 
  3. New Mexico 
  4. Nevada 
  5. Arizona
  6.  Oklahoma
  7.  Washington
  8.  Connecticut
  9.  Louisiana Iowa 
  10. Wisconsin 
  11. Michigan 
  12. Colorado
  13.  Maine 
  14. North Carolina 
  15. Alabama 
  16. Nebraska 
  17. Hawaii Utah
  18.  California
  19.  Texas 
  20. Wyoming 
  21. Indiana
  22.  Missouri 
  23. South Carolina 
  24. Virginia 
  25. Georgia 
  26. Wisconsin
  27.  Ohio
  28.  Florida
  29.  Kansas
  30.  Vermont
  31.  Massachusetts
  32.  Idaho 
  33. Arkansas
  34.  West
  35.  Virginia
  36.  Illinois
  37.  Montana 
  38. North Dakota
  39.  New Hampshire
  40.  Tennessee 
  41. Kentucky 
  42. Delaware
  43.  Pennsylvania
  44.  Maryland
  45.  New jersey 
  46. New York
  47.  Rhode
  48.  Island 
  49. South Dakota 
  50. Alaska
The breakdown of time spent on yardwork is very different by state as you can see. Yet the dedication of homeowners to their yards and outdoor spaces is largely climate-independent. Will this analysis fit with how much time you spend on homework as well as yardwork?

In the graph below from CraftJack you can see the full report on home maintenance progress statistics for both homework and yardwork.

Who’s Doing the Most Housework in America? #infographic


infographic by: craftjack.com

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