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Lexington among top 10 U.S. cities for best work-life balance

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s difficult to pursue your passions and manage your various commitments given the time that they require, especially if they are not directly linked to your job. In an ideal world, though, you earn enough to sock away sufficient savings to enjoy your leisure activities without logging excessive hours at the office or on a punishing commute. Not all cities allow professionals to strike a happy medium, so SmartAsset decided to take a look at the cities with the best work-life balance.

To find the cities with the best work-life balance, SmartAsset compared data for the 100 largest cities across the following 10 metrics: entertainment establishment density, dining establishment density, bar density, housing costs as a percentage of income, average number of weeks worked per year, average number of hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers with commutes over an hour, unemployment rate and labor force participation rate.

After breaking down this criteria Lexington, Kentucky finished ranked third for work-life balance of all cities included in the study.

Lexington ranks in the top 15% of the study for three of the 10 metrics considered including arts, entertainment and recreation along with workers averaging 37.7 hours worked per week and an average commute time less than 21 minutes.

See the full results of the study here.