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Top 10 Worst Locations for Hustle Culture Revealed

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Those on Instagram and TikTok are probably aware of the term ‘hustle culture’, which refers to people working tirelessly in order to make money and be productive.

As part of a new study, the team at Private Rehab Clinic Delamere have taken into account seven different factors including happiness levels, workplace stress, flexible working opportunities, and more to determine which UK cities had the most toxic attitude to hustle culture. 

The research revealed that Blackpool, located in the North West of England, had the worst work-life balance, with an overall disappointing score of 15.5 out of a possible 70. 

An alarmingly high 15% of people in the city stated that they had mental health issues, while only 6.88% of jobs were offering flexible working hours. As a city that attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year, it is no surprise that those working in hospitality, entertainment or retail are suffering from a toxic hustle culture. 

Taking second place on the list was Nottingham with a score of 16/70. With the average weekly working hours coming out at 38.4 per week, one of the highest in the list, it is once again not shocking to see this area ranks poorly for toxic hustle culture. 

Completing the top three was Liverpool, in the North West of England with a score of 17.1 out of a possible 70.

Top 10 cities with the most toxic hustle culture

  1. Blackpool – 15.5 
  2. Nottingham – 16
  3. Liverpool – 17.1
  4. Stoke on Trent – 23.4  
  5. Birmingham – 25.9
  6. Brighton – 26.8
  7. Peterborough – 27.8 
  8. Newcastle – 29.6
  9. Coventry – 30.1
  10. Sheffield – 32.7


Taking a seed list of the UK’s most populated cities, Delamere has uncovered which have the worst hustle culture, based on the following criteria: 

  • Happiness rating 
  • Weekly working hours
  • Overtime worked
  • Mental health 
  • Unemployment rates
  • Anxiety levels
  • Flexible working

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