Germantown Ranks Low for Work-Life Balance?
By Kevin O’Rourke
Many residents say that Germantown is a great place to live, but one website, Nerdwallet.com, recently ranked Germantown 531 out of 536 American cities in its ranking of the best cities for work-life balance.
Is that low ranking justified?
To compile the list Nerdwallet, looked at average weekly hours worked combined with mean commute time relative to income and cost of living. Nerdwallet factored in median earnings for full-time, year-round workers as well as median rent in each city to gauge how much people are earning on average.
When all the number crunching was done, Germantown ranked in the bottom five at 531, one below New York City. Two local towns that ranked lower were Dale City, Va., which was dead last at 536 and Waldorf, Md., which came in at 535. The California cities of Menifee and Tracy rounded out the bottom five.
According to the Nerdwallet report, the mean weekly hours-worked by Germantown residents is 40.2 hours per week, with a 36 minute and 30 second commute to work. Those numbers indicate that residents spend 41.3 hours per-week working or commuting to work, to earn median yearly earnings of $61,229 and pay $1,640 in median gross rent.
“I was surprised to learn that Germantown made the bottom five,” said Germantown resident Lesli Brown, “I have lived in a number of suburban or metropolitan areas that offer a far cry from the amenities that Germantown offers.” Brown said she has an eight mile commute to her office in Gaithersburg.
“Germantown is actually quite large, and because of its size it offers an array of shopping and dining options, entertainment and cultural events. If you are looking for a nightlife, you may need to go in to D.C., this is still the ‘burbs, but certainly less of the ‘burbs that it was 15 or 20 years ago,” she said.
Even residents with a longer commute find living in Germantown to be worth the extra time in traffic.