What is the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities program?

Recognizing determination, innovation and job creation.

A lot of cities work hard, but some work harder and even fewer have earned the title of working the hardest. Freightliner Trucks created Hardest Working Cities because we found a correlation between cities with high productivity and markets with the strongest vocational truck sales. Freightliner Trucks recognized the vital role severe duty and medium duty trucks, and those who operate them, play in stimulating economies. Whether it's a major construction project, the opening of a new business, the widening of an interstate highway or development of a new community project, cities can't accomplish as much without the help of these vehicles and their operators.

Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities is an effort to salute cities leading the way in community growth and innovation.

Hardest Working Cities recognition includes:

  • A prestigious award for each of the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities
  • International recognition for business and community leaders
  • A special celebration hosted by a local Freightliner Trucks dealership
  • Surprise coffee and donut deliveries at vocational truck work sites in the area

Selecting the Hardest Working Cities:

Finding communities worthy of the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities award involved an exhaustive review of approximately 400 metropolitan census areas in the United States and Canada in 11 different data categories including:

  • Severe duty and medium duty truck sales
  • Average hours worked
  • Improvement in unemployment rate
  • Construction employment
  • Heavy/tractor trailer truck drivers and light truck/delivery drivers
  • Number of transportation establishments
  • Employed workers per household
  • Growth in total employment
  • Contribution to total GDP
  • Manufacturing employment
  • Infrastructure investment

We were impressed by the headway in many cities, but this program aims to honor the best of the best. The chosen Hardest Working Cities are being announced in no particular order. Because on this list there is not a first, second or third place. As far as we're concerned, all of the Hardest Working Cities are winners. They're getting the job done and making their local economies stronger. Our hardhats are off to all of the Hardest Working Cities honorees.