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July 23, 2013

Mankato ranked among tops in work-life balance

Rankings focuses on commutes, earnings, hours worked


"A balance isn't what makes everybody happy. Some people want a life that's dominated by work and some want one that's dominated by personal life."

Perez said she knows one thing for sure that makes people much happier about their work and home life.

"The most important thing people want is some control over their environment and supervisors who allow them flexibility to take care of things in their personal life, taking a child to a doctor's appointment, taking the car in to get fixed."

The complete list of best life-work balance cities, starting with No. 1: Corvallis, Ore.; Ames, Iowa; Ithaca, N.Y.; Bloomington-Normal, Ill.; Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Lawrence, Kans.; Carson City, Nev.; Mankato-North Mankato; Boulder, Colo.; Grand Forks.

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While not a criteria in this ranking, some consider working from home a good way to improve work-life balance and Mankato ranks very high in that category as well. Mankato, along with St. Cloud, was listed among the nation’s top cities for working from home, according to a report released in March by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the total workforce, 7.7 percent in the Mankato-North Mankato metro area and 7.6 percent in St. Cloud cite home as their primary workplace. These numbers put the cities in sixth and eighth place respectively for the largest proportions of stay-at-home workers in the nation.

The top city in the nation for working at home was Boulder, Colo.

Perez said working from home doesn't necessarily lead to the kind of balance people expect. "It seems like a good thing, but what happens is a lot of people lose that boundary between work and home. So people don't disconnect from work when they should."


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