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Where Are Workers Most Likely to Skip Vacation?

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As summer winds down, new research shows employees in Los Angeles likely still have a stockpile of vacation days.

A study by vacation club Inspirato found that workers in the City of Angels let an average of 35 percent of their vacation time go unused — the most in the U.S. Employees further north, in San Francisco, were the second most hesitant to take all their earned vacation, leaving an average of 32 percent of their days off on the table.

They’re not alone. The research showed that the majority of U.S. workers have vacation time that goes unused.  Employees in Boston handled it best, letting just 16 percent of their vacation days go unused.

The study, which examined America’s 10 largest cities, found that the average employee receives 19 vacation days a year. Employees in New York City averaged the fewest – 17 – while those in Atlanta boasted the most, with 22.

[Fear of Being Fired Kills the American Vacation]

Overall, the research shows residents of Washington, D.C., have been the most likely to take a vacation over the last five years, while Chicagoans were the least likely. In total, nearly three-quarters of the residents in the nation's capital have taken at least one vacation since 2008. Barely more than half of those in the Windy City, meanwhile, enjoyed a getaway in that same time period

The percentage of residents getting away in the other cities on the list are: 

  • San Francisco – 70 percent
  • Boston – 68 percent
  • Atlanta – 67 percent
  • Houston – 66 percent
  • New York City – 64 percent
  • Los Angeles – 64 percent
  • Dallas-Fort Worth – 61 percent
  • Philadelphia – 57 percent

The study was based on surveys of more than 2,500 residents in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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