In a piece posted today, Nate Silver uses data from the American Community Survey to figure out the earliest- and latest-rising metropolitan areas in the country. The latest median time of work arrival is in New York at 8:24 a.m. The earliest: Hinesville, Ga. at 7:01 a.m. Check out the post for Silver's breakdown of national trends (college and tourist towns get up late) as well as this entertaining piece of self-biography:
A decade or so ago, when I was a consultant living in Chicago, I didn’t have it so easy. Work in Chicago begins a little earlier than in New York — about 20 minutes earlier, relative to the local time zone. My bosses nevertheless tolerated me rolling into the office at a bit past 9 a.m. But sometimes I’d travel to cities such as St. Louis and Omaha, Neb., to visit clients. Meetings as early as 6 or 7 a.m. were not uncommon; I was “relieved” from one project after a client caught me nodding off in a meeting.
For the record, I once attended a meeting with Nate Silver. It was in the afternoon and he did not fall asleep.