These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Alaska

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 Alaska 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 Alaska 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 Alaska” based on data:

  1. Ketchikan
  2. Wasilla
  3. Fairbanks
  4. Kenai
  5. Homer
  6. Palmer
  7. Bethel
  8. Sitka
  9. Kodiak
  10. Juneau

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, Anchorage is the hardest-working place in AK.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Last Frontier

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 Alaska:

  • 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 11 places in Alaska over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 11 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 Alaska”. And, at the end of the day, Ketchikan 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.

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1. Ketchikan

Ketchikan - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,173College Educated: 23.6%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

2. Wasilla

Wasilla - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,406College Educated: 18.9%
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%

3. Fairbanks

Fairbanks - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,100College Educated: 21.5%
Unemployment Rate: 11.5%

4. Kenai

Kenai - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,348College Educated: 23.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

5. Homer

Homer - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,229College Educated: 31.5%
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%

6. Palmer

Palmer - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,250College Educated: 22.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

7. Bethel

Bethel - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295College Educated: 22.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%

8. Sitka

Sitka - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,957College Educated: 32.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

9. Kodiak

Kodiak - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280College Educated: 20.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

10. Juneau

Juneau - Laziest Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200College Educated: 37.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the laziest places in Alaska is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people don’t work, 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 Alaska

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Ketchikan 1 8,173 23.6% 10.3%
Wasilla 2 8,406 18.9% 10.6%
Fairbanks 3 32,100 21.5% 11.5%
Kenai 4 7,348 23.2% 10.5%
Homer 5 5,229 31.5% 7.1%
Palmer 6 6,250 22.0% 10.3%
Bethel 7 6,295 22.4% 7.8%
Sitka 8 8,957 32.9% 4.6%
Kodiak 9 6,280 20.1% 3.0%
Juneau 10 32,200 37.8% 5.6%
Anchorage 11 298,178 32.9% 6.9%

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