These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Arizona

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 Arizona 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 Arizona 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 Arizona” based on data:

  1. Queen Creek
  2. Maricopa
  3. Gilbert
  4. Litchfield Park
  5. Marana
  6. Chandler
  7. Goodyear
  8. Sahuarita
  9. Cave Creek
  10. Peoria

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, Douglas is the hardest-working place in AZ.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Grand Canyon State

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 Arizona:

  • 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 59 places in Arizona over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 59 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 Arizona”. And, at the end of the day, Queen Creek 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. Queen Creek

Queen Creek - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529College Educated: 37.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

2. Maricopa

Maricopa - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,388College Educated: 25.6%
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

3. Gilbert

Gilbert - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,131College Educated: 40.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

4. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,122College Educated: 41.9%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

5. Marana

Marana - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,028College Educated: 40.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

6. Chandler

Chandler - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,231College Educated: 39.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

7. Goodyear

Goodyear - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,148College Educated: 27.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

8. Sahuarita

Sahuarita - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441College Educated: 35.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

9. Cave Creek

Cave Creek - Laziest Arizona

Source: The gang at The Hideaway Grill Cave Creek AZ. From their Facebook page.

Population: 5,014College Educated: 49.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

10. Peoria

Peoria - Laziest Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,231College Educated: 27.5%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the laziest places in Arizona 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 Arizona

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Queen Creek 1 28,529 37.7% 4.2%
Maricopa 2 45,388 25.6% 7.4%
Gilbert 3 223,131 40.3% 6.3%
Litchfield Park 4 5,122 41.9% 3.2%
Marana 5 37,028 40.1% 7.3%
Chandler 6 245,231 39.7% 6.7%
Goodyear 7 70,148 27.0% 6.6%
Sahuarita 8 26,441 35.2% 3.8%
Cave Creek 9 5,014 49.8% 6.3%
Peoria 10 160,231 27.5% 7.6%
Paradise Valley 11 13,243 70.6% 3.3%
Scottsdale 12 223,519 53.2% 6.3%
Buckeye 13 54,927 16.2% 9.0%
Avondale 14 77,912 18.9% 9.5%
Surprise 15 121,648 28.3% 9.4%
Oro Valley 16 41,493 50.8% 7.4%
Fountain Hills 17 23,051 45.2% 7.7%
Tempe 18 166,975 41.0% 9.0%
Phoenix 19 1,490,758 26.5% 9.9%
Glendale 20 231,978 21.6% 11.1%
El Mirage 21 32,600 14.0% 9.1%
Mesa 22 452,091 24.3% 9.1%
Snowflake 23 5,595 18.2% 5.7%
Flagstaff 24 67,419 42.8% 8.5%
Sierra Vista 25 45,365 31.4% 8.2%
Page 26 7,374 20.3% 9.6%
Wickenburg 27 6,629 21.1% 7.1%
Tucson 28 525,031 25.0% 12.1%
Chino Valley 29 10,879 16.4% 7.9%
Payson 30 15,234 21.5% 8.9%
Globe 31 7,463 18.3% 8.2%
Tolleson 32 6,707 8.3% 16.1%
Casa Grande 33 50,316 17.7% 11.7%
Prescott Valley 34 39,575 18.3% 10.0%
Sedona 35 10,092 47.1% 8.9%
Bisbee 36 5,475 27.6% 6.8%
San Luis 37 30,139 8.6% 17.2%
Holbrook 38 5,003 15.1% 11.9%
Yuma 39 93,078 16.1% 12.4%
Somerton 40 14,679 6.6% 17.0%
Youn 41 6,299 14.2% 15.3%
Coolidge 42 12,058 10.2% 13.4%
Florence 43 26,513 7.7% 7.2%
Camp Verde 44 10,965 15.1% 12.7%
Eloy 45 17,062 6.3% 19.7%
Prescott 46 40,130 38.4% 11.2%
Benson 47 5,075 19.2% 10.7%
Nogales 48 20,699 14.8% 14.9%
Safford 49 9,574 13.3% 13.2%
Kingman 50 28,381 13.7% 11.0%
Guadalupe 51 5,892 5.6% 16.3%
South Tucson 52 5,675 4.3% 20.8%
Apache Junction 53 36,965 12.9% 16.3%
Winslow 54 9,570 10.8% 15.5%
Show Low 55 10,754 16.5% 16.1%
Cottonwood 56 11,358 16.1% 12.2%
Lake Havasu City 57 52,827 14.5% 10.8%
Bullhead City 58 39,480 13.1% 14.5%
Douglas 59 17,137 9.6% 12.2%