Vacation: How Likely Are L.A. Residents to Take Time Off?
Have you had a vacation lately? Are you counting down the days on your desk-blotter cubicle calendar until you wing away from LAX to a tropical isle, bustling Asian metropolis, or quaint European village? Do you even get vacation days in your job?
A recent survey and ranking takes a look at the 10 biggest U.S. cities, and how likely residents in each are to take a vacation. The survey was done by luxury vacation home business Inspirato, and finds that, for once, Angelenos are exactly the same as New Yorkers.
Yes, that's right: L.A. and NYC tie for a ranking of 6th, with 64% of residents having taken a vacation over the last five years. "Among America's 10 largest cities, residents of Washington, D.C., were the most likely to take a vacation over the last five years while residents of Chicago were the least likely," notes a press release.
Other findings of note include that in 2012, fewer people across the nation overall are taking vacations--and more so in Atlanta and Washington D.C. The poll also took a look at how much vacation time workers in each of the 10 cities receive from their employers and, of that, how much they use. As it so happens, most employees don't use all of their allotted vacation time. Specifically, here in L.A. we let 35 per cent of our total vacation time go unused. (What's wrong with us?)
Here's the full ranking, based on the five-year average, 2008-2012, of the percentage of residents who have taken a vacation each year.
1. Washington, DC - 73%
2. San Francisco - 70%
3. Boston - 68%
4. Atlanta - 67%
5. Houston - 66%
6. New York City/Los Angeles - 64% (tie)
8. Dallas-Fort Worth - 61%
9. Philadelphia - 57%
10. Chicago - 55%
C'mon, you knew it was coming:
h/t Huffington Post