These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Alabama

John McLean
by John McLean
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Everyone hates the lazy person in the office. The guy or gal who manages to offload all of their work to you, but somehow still takes the credit for it.

And if you live in one of these Alabama towns, you might look in the mirror and see that lazy person staring right back at you.

We’re not trying to be mean; it’s just that the lazy ethos can penetrate from the location into the workplace and no one wants to work with lazy people.

So we got to work late on a Friday night to figure out the places around Alabama that spend the day on Reddit and get by with the bare minimum. Using data from the latest American Community Survey, we identified criteria associated with laziness for each city.

After crunching all the numbers, here are the ten “Laziest Places in Alabama” based on data:

  1. Childersburg
  2. Selma
  3. Atmore
  4. Lanett
  5. Talladega
  6. Monroeville
  7. Prichard
  8. Tarrant
  9. Gadsden
  10. Attalla

Read on to see where the couch potatoes call home or skip to the end to find where your town ranked.

Oh, and by the way, Chelsea is the hardest-working place in AL.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Heart Of Dixie

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2010-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of it’s kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for the laziest places in Alabama:

  • Lowest average hours worked
  • Shortest commute time
  • Fewest workers per household (Labor force divided by the number households)
  • Highest unemployment rate
  • Fewest adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you can’t bother to go college, don’t spend any time at work, and have only one person per household bringing home the bacon, your town is probably pretty lazy.

After we got the data for the 105 places in Alabama over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 105 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “laziest”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a lazy index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest lazy index the “Laziest Place In Alabama”. And, at the end of the day, Childersburg slacked off its way to the top.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

1. Childersburg

Childersburg - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,117College Educated: 8.7%
Unemployment Rate: 19.2%

2. Selma

Selma - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia.

Population: 20,276College Educated: 16.9%
Unemployment Rate: 23.6%

3. Atmore

Atmore - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,096College Educated: 9.0%
Unemployment Rate: 18.1%

4. Lanett

Lanett - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,455College Educated: 11.6%
Unemployment Rate: 16.1%

5. Talladega

Talladega - Laziest Alabama

Source: Talladega AL

Population: 16,034College Educated: 11.4%
Unemployment Rate: 22.0%

6. Monroeville

Monroeville - Laziest Alabama

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,343College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 22.2%

7. Prichard

Prichard - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,475College Educated: 9.6%
Unemployment Rate: 20.9%

8. Tarrant

Tarrant - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,331College Educated: 10.8%
Unemployment Rate: 16.6%

9. Gadsden

Gadsden - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,621College Educated: 15.2%
Unemployment Rate: 13.2%

10. Attalla

Attalla - Laziest Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,995College Educated: 11.5%
Unemployment Rate: 16.4%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the laziest places in Alabama is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people don’t, where a good education is rare, and no one’s willing to put in the long hours, then this is an accurate list of laziness.

Detailed List Of The Laziest Places In Alabama

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Childersburg 1 5,117 8.7% 19.2%
Selma 2 20,276 16.9% 23.6%
Atmore 3 10,096 9.0% 18.1%
Lanett 4 6,455 11.6% 16.1%
Talladega 5 16,034 11.4% 22.0%
Monroeville 6 6,343 15.3% 22.2%
Prichard 7 22,475 9.6% 20.9%
Tarrant 8 6,331 10.8% 16.6%
Gadsden 9 36,621 15.2% 13.2%
Attalla 10 5,995 11.5% 16.4%
Daleville 11 5,233 13.7% 12.4%
Anniston 12 22,749 20.9% 16.3%
Bessemer 13 27,202 12.8% 14.2%
Opp 14 6,675 12.1% 13.1%
Andalusia 15 9,048 19.9% 11.9%
Alexander City 16 14,815 15.4% 11.1%
Chickasaw 17 6,026 11.2% 12.3%
Jackson 18 5,116 17.3% 16.2%
Tuskegee 19 9,435 24.4% 22.5%
Tuscumbia 20 8,565 20.8% 11.5%
Russellville 21 9,836 10.7% 12.4%
Sheffield 22 9,067 17.1% 9.8%
Fort Payne 23 14,115 12.7% 12.1%
Demopolis 24 7,323 23.0% 10.2%
Scottsboro 25 14,779 18.8% 10.4%
Ozark 26 14,835 16.9% 9.8%
Eufaula 27 12,897 18.7% 15.7%
Glencoe 28 5,137 15.0% 15.7%
Sylacauga 29 12,786 17.1% 13.6%
Brewton 30 5,426 22.5% 12.9%
Greenville 31 7,974 21.1% 12.4%
Foley 32 15,428 26.2% 12.7%
Guntersville 33 8,316 24.9% 12.5%
Boaz 34 9,781 18.5% 11.6%
Roanoke 35 6,013 10.5% 9.6%
Birmingham 36 211,705 23.1% 14.5%
Florence 37 39,738 26.7% 8.2%
Gulf Shores 38 10,523 30.5% 16.4%
Hamilton 39 6,842 10.1% 10.1%
Oxford 40 21,250 17.6% 13.1%
Bay Minette 41 8,682 14.8% 9.7%
Fairfield 42 11,039 18.4% 14.4%
Jacksonville 43 12,416 31.3% 16.6%
Phenix City 44 35,753 19.6% 11.5%
Mobile 45 194,942 26.7% 12.0%
Albertville 46 21,363 14.0% 6.0%
Huntsville 47 184,132 39.1% 10.9%
Dothan 48 67,574 24.0% 8.6%
Tallassee 49 5,011 21.2% 10.3%
Cullman 50 14,933 21.0% 6.7%
Pell City 51 13,128 19.4% 12.2%
Decatur 52 55,641 23.1% 10.4%
Wetumpka 53 7,136 16.3% 11.3%
Jasper 54 14,247 20.7% 11.7%
Valley 55 9,456 14.4% 9.4%
Troy 56 18,636 34.2% 10.3%
Arab 57 8,241 22.7% 10.0%
Midfield 58 5,319 18.8% 12.3%
Montgomery 59 204,095 31.4% 9.3%
Muscle Shoals 60 13,380 25.9% 6.9%
Saraland 61 13,657 18.4% 9.4%
Opelika 62 27,956 26.0% 6.8%
Tuscaloosa 63 93,325 33.8% 8.8%
Center Point 64 16,876 17.3% 10.0%
Oneonta 65 6,623 15.1% 9.0%
Auburn 66 56,986 60.0% 8.2%
Hueytown 67 15,956 15.4% 8.8%
Athens 68 23,335 27.2% 9.9%
Enterprise 69 27,375 28.8% 7.2%
Smiths Station 70 5,095 18.6% 7.6%
Rainbow City 71 9,623 25.4% 9.6%
Hartselle 72 14,393 25.9% 13.5%
Irondale 73 12,399 29.6% 9.9%
Clanton 74 8,672 16.3% 11.0%
Orange Beach 75 5,629 33.8% 9.3%
Northport 76 24,092 34.5% 6.8%
Lincoln 77 6,321 19.1% 9.1%
Leeds 78 12,063 21.6% 8.5%
Fultondale 79 8,593 24.4% 3.2%
Gardendale 80 13,809 25.7% 4.0%
Fairhope 81 16,661 47.2% 5.9%
Madison 82 44,866 55.2% 7.3%
Southside 83 8,432 20.5% 6.7%
Vestavia Hills 84 34,061 67.1% 3.6%
Mountain Brook 85 20,484 85.1% 2.2%
Satsuma 86 6,145 14.5% 5.5%
Montevallo 87 6,470 27.4% 11.4%
Prattville 88 34,349 30.2% 7.3%
Robertsdale 89 5,556 13.1% 6.9%
Homewood 90 25,420 59.9% 4.4%
Pleasant Grove 91 10,230 20.5% 6.8%
Moody 92 12,124 18.8% 5.1%
Millbrook 93 14,858 25.1% 5.6%
Hoover 94 82,849 56.0% 5.7%
Clay 95 9,699 23.0% 7.2%
Pinson 96 7,141 24.4% 8.6%
Spanish Fort 97 7,357 49.0% 3.4%
Daphne 98 22,983 39.7% 7.8%
Pelham 99 22,106 34.1% 6.5%
Trussville 100 20,229 39.9% 5.5%
Pike Road 101 6,605 52.3% 3.8%
Calera 102 12,376 37.0% 7.6%
Alabaster 103 30,978 33.7% 5.6%
Helena 104 16,752 46.9% 5.7%
Chelsea 105 11,051 44.5% 2.6%