By the Numbers: 13
San Jose lives to work rather than the other way around. That’s the takeaway from a survey of 3,000 gainfully employed adults by British Airways, which begins service to San Jose in May. San Jose workers take just 13 days off a year compared to 14 days enjoyed by their counterparts in Los Angeles and 17 in New York City. Part of the reasons cited stem from workload, which appears a tad more burdensome for folks in the purported capital of Silicon Valley. Half of San Jose’s respondents said they had too much to do to even think about using up their vacation days. Only 40 percent said as much in L.A. and the Big Apple. Of those San Jose workaholics who did take time off, roughly half admitted they still contact coworkers on vacation compared to 39 percent of San Franciscans. The airline released the survey results to promote round-trip package deals to London, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Dublin, Madrid, Paris and Rome. But one reason San Jose has no life, collectively speaking, may have something to do with the region’s cost of living. When it takes a six-figure income to afford even a modest abode, vacation seems like wishful thinking.