The top cities hurt by daylight saving time

One study looked at how much money major metropolitan areas lose when the clocks change.

By Kim Peterson Mar 8, 2013 4:54PM

Man making faces from behind laptop James Braund, Digital Vision, Getty ImagesWe don't just lose an hour of sleep when the clocks change for daylight saving time. We lose real money, too.

 

That's the conclusion of a new survey by SleepBetter.org, which asked researchers to analyze evidence showing the economic drawbacks of daylight saving time.

 

As the basis of their research, the economists focused on three main areas. First, medical studies have shown that losing an hour of sleep leads to more heart attacks. Second, sleep deprivation has been linked to more workplace injuries in the mining and construction business. And finally, it causes a bit more loafing around at work.

 

SleepBetter.org has developed what it calls the "Lost Hour" economic index showing that moving the clock ahead Sunday will produce a $434 million hit to the U.S. economy. The company looked at how individual U.S. cities were affected as well.

At the top of the list is Morgantown, W.Va., a city with higher rates of heart attacks and, historically, a higher rate of mining and construction accidents. Two other West Virginia regions rounded out the top three for similar reasons. Florida cities also appear on the list, mostly because of higher heart-attack rates linked to the large population of retirees in the state.

 

Here are the rest of the top 20 areas hurt economically by daylight saving time, according to the index:

 

                   Region                                                    Total cost             Per-capita cost

 

Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio $930,759 $3.18
Parkersburg-Marietta, W.Va.-Ohio $519,472 $3.15
Charleston, W.Va. $973,594 $3.15
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. $925,487 $2.94
Lakeland, Fla. $1,582,213 $2.58
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. $7,283,123 $2.57
Ocala, Fla. $863,182 $2.56
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla. $1,822,027 $2.55
Punta Gorda, Fla. $404,984 $2.49
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pa. $1,412,054 $2.46
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C. $662,576 $2.42
Pittsburgh $5,794,723 $2.42
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla. $1,336,302 $2.42
Evansville, Ind.-Ky. $873,111 $2.39
Tulsa, Okla. $2,277,053 $2.39
Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla. $334,825 $2.39
Bloomington, Ind. $464,931 $2.37
Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga. $1,268,241 $2.36
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla. $1,187,424          $2.36

 

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11Comments
Mar 10, 2013 1:40PM
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All states should opt out of this BS ! The time should never change . And DST should be outlawed.. This is one big pain in the A$$ ... For people and companies. And their is no real use for it...
Mar 9, 2013 12:14PM
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I love daylight savings time. Getting dark at 5 pm means a working person has no daylight to take care of his household chores. I want DST all the year. 
Mar 8, 2013 6:24PM
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Dumbest article i ever read. sounds like most people would like day light savings time all the time. I went down the road and asked the cows they really do not care. And my air conditioner could not tell me the time.
Mar 9, 2013 11:35PM
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I am so tired of all of the discussion about daylight savings time. It doesn't add or take a way an hour. It doesn't make the sun stay out longer. It doesn't cause heart attacks. This is pretty simple folks. You don't have to lose an hour of sleep. All you have to do is go to bed an hour earlier or wake up and hour later. This isn't like a surprise that happens in the middle of the night. Yes, technically it happens at like 2am or something like that but you know it is happening. I can my clocks before I go to bed. Even if I did lose an hour of sleep Saturday night, any normal adult should be able to recover before work on Monday. It is just 1 hour for goodness sakes. It isn't like you flew half way around the world and are now 12 hours out of sink. It just isn't rocket science.
Mar 9, 2013 6:16AM
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Inanity reigns in this worthless article - someone find the writer a real job - perhaps he or she (one never  knows these days) could be trained to make french fries at MacDonalds, or something equally useful.
Mar 8, 2013 6:19PM
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Kim, is your glass half empty or half full? I personally love daylight savings time. In the Northern Hemisphere, and especially the Northern States, people yearn for the sunlight. Extended daylight and the ability to enjoy the outdoors is a blessing and has tremendous health benefits. Even if some of your data is correct, the loss to the economy equates to 1$ per person. I'm glad your column is covered by the "opinion" tab.
Mar 9, 2013 3:48AM
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People also lose sleep as Christmas approaches and you have to plan gifts, parties, and meals.  Should we ban holidays as well?  If we had DST 12-months per year, it would solve the problems listed here better than having ST 12-months per year.  Other stories include the complaint that more pollution occurs because people are spending more time having fun!
Mar 11, 2013 4:03PM
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I say get rid of it!  Up here in Alaska we get so little daylight in the winter that you'd have to change the clocks about 4 hours to make a worth while impact.  It's just a silly P.I.T.A.

 

Let's all be like Arizona!

Mar 11, 2013 1:21PM
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RE the large population of retirees in Florida having heart attacks. Most retirees don't use alarm clocks or care about what time it is. Daylight time certainly shouldn't lead to heart attacks. I get up around sunrise each day regardless of what the clock says.
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Who is this person?  Time is relative. All the stated comments are not factual. My cows and horses never ask me what time it is. I don't spend any extra money on air conditioners. I actually stay awake longer and I am more alert. Why are you making up things to justify your problem. There are 24 hours in a day. How you use them it up to you.

Mar 11, 2013 3:49PM
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Bogus and stupid. Sleep deprivation can be easily counteracted by---drum roll, please!--going to bed earlier!

The extra hour of daylight enhances mood, provides more opportunity to get outdoors and bike, walk, run, garden, and other healthful activities that actually enhance productivity, not hurt it. People who are sleep deprived are so because of many other reasons, which would still exist even without the time change.

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