Ithaca, N.Y. — A study published on compares the average start time for workers in each American city .

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, given our high proportion of college students and recent college graduates, people in Ithaca get to work later than they do almost anywhere else in the country.

With an average start time of 8:19 a.m., Ithaca’s time of arrival at work was the fourth latest in the country — the only cities that showed a greater love of the snooze button were San Jose, Calif. (8:21 a.m.); Atlantic City, N.J. (8:23 a.m.); and New York, N.Y. (8:24 a.m.).

The story was posted on’s Facebook page yesterday. Nate Silver, formerly of The New York Times, explained his methodology, noting that the data was compiled by the American Community Survey:

“I figured out the median time Americans begin their workday in each metro area. All the figures that I’ll describe here refer to the location of work — not the location of residence for the workers — since some Americans commute between metro areas for their jobs.

Silver found that the average start time across the country was 7:55 a.m. That’s about 25 minutes earlier than Ithaca’s start time, but — we might humbly add — about a half-hour after the first Ithaca Voice story of the day goes up.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.