Growing up, we all tend to flip-flop between being a “Morning Person” or a “Night Crawler”—it just comes with the territory and any different factors come into play. Waking up early with the sunrise or staying up until that time can also determine which habitat is the best fit for someone’s life.

In case you missed it, Yuqing Pan and the team at set out to find some of the top cities in our nation for catchers of the worm and nocturnal creatures alike. Here’s what they found out:


Are you able to sleep soundly when the rays are shining through the window, the lawnmower is at full-strength, and the recycling bin is being picked up? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you might be a night owl. If your current residence doesn’t suit you, maybe try giving one of these cities a whirl.

5. Miami

Miami is most notable for its fun in the sun and surf atmosphere—just don’t tell that to those Art Deco-style neon signs that illuminate on South Beach after sunset. Many exotic clubs don’t open until about 10 pm, closing around 6 am, just in-time for breakfast.

4. Cincinnati

A city in Ohio on this list? Though this little city may not get lively until its weekends, during the week a large portion of Cincinnatians start their work day in the evening, thanks to its hefty dose of health-care and manufacturing workers keeping America afloat.

3. New Orleans

Is anyone surprised that this city made the list?  If there’s a city in America with culture, it’s this southern belle, often referred to as ‘NOLA’ (New Orleans LouisianA). From drinking a fruity hurricane at a piano bar at 9 pm to purchasing the best gumbo you’ve ever tried at a street vender at 4 am, New Orleans is party culture incarnate.

2. Las Vegas

Cue Elvis! Or cue a dozen Elvis impersonators!  There’s really nothing like seeing Sin City’s illuminated strip for the first time, before and after you win it big at the casino, or catch a late-night magic show. Las Vegas’ nightlife is only surpassed by a city with a nickname only made for night owls…

1. New York City

Did you expect any other city than “The City That Never Sleeps”?


If you made dinner at 6:30 pm and fell asleep halfway through an episode of ‘House Of Cards’ by 8:30 pm, chances are you’re catching the worm every single morning. Take a look at these cities to see if maybe the breakfast and early morning activity sheet is a tad better than where you reside.

5. Arlington, VA

In close proximity to the capital, it makes sense that most Virginians are awake and ready to start their days—especially if it means eating an inherently American breakfast dish like chicken and waffles.

4. Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is well-known throughout literature and pop-culture as being the agricultural backbone of the southern California area. The phrase “rise and shine” doesn’t apply to the hardworking Bakersfield farmer, who is generally up before the rooster crows.

3. Scottsdale, AZ

Because of its beauty and heat, Arizona is the Florida of the west and an attractive place for retirees that have worked their entire lives to live in a resort-like atmosphere. As we age, we tend to like to start our days early.

2. Denver, CO

The last few years, it seems millennials have been leading a mass exodus to the Mile-High city for its adventurously outdoorsy scene and its mixture of blue-collar and trendy careers.

1. Honolulu, HI

While its breathtaking beauty is hard to come by in the wee hours of the morning for tourists and natives alike, fisherman know the exhaustion of what a day’s work may encompass, and that many other fisherman are competing in the same field with that same mindset.


To learn a little bit more on these cities and where you might fit in, follow the link below to Pan’s main article on’s website: 

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