Last week, Nate Silver posted a blog from the survey data collected from people in the US showing how much major US cities differ in terms of when they arrive at work. Inspired by this experiment, Microsoft Bing team today posted an infographic by using Bing usage as a proxy for when people get online, start work or otherwise wake up. Check out out below.
How did we come up this?
We calculated the time at which we receive 50% of daily peak traffic from each metro area in their local time zones. The 25 cities follow the same general curve across all seven days of the week. While the patterns are the same, we did see a 43 minute shift between the earliest risers and the late risers.
Based on this, the metro area that wakes up earliest is San Francisco, reaching 50% of traffic at 6:43AM and on the other side of the country is the latest, New York City, which achieves 50% of peak traffic 43 minutes later at 7:32AM.
The data presented another interesting pattern. Across the country, starting with Monday, our calculated average wake time gets consistently earlier every single weekday. By Friday morning, we’re getting up a full 22 minutes earlier than on Monday.
Wide version of graphic is available here.