These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Arkansas

John McLean
by John McLean
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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this list incorrectly inverted the data. It has since been corrected.

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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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas” based on data:

  1. Osceola
  2. Newport
  3. West Memphis
  4. Mena
  5. Helena-West Helena
  6. Hope
  7. Trumann
  8. Hot Springs
  9. Forrest City
  10. El Dorado

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, Maumelle is the hardest-working place in AR.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Natural 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 Arkansas:

  • 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 60 places in Arkansas over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 60 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 Arkansas”. And, at the end of the day, Osceola 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. Osceola

Osceola - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Osceola AR

Population: 7,535College Educated: 9.3%
Unemployment Rate: 22.8%

2. Newport

Newport - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,817College Educated: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

3. West Memphis

West Memphis - Laziest Arkansas

Source: West Memphis AR

Population: 25,767College Educated: 11.3%
Unemployment Rate: 14.9%

4. Mena

Mena - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Royal 66 Bar in Mountain Home AR. Google Maps

Population: 5,701College Educated: 12.5%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

5. Helena-West Helena

Helena-West Helena - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,795College Educated: 15.2%
Unemployment Rate: 21.9%

6. Hope

Hope - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,033College Educated: 13.5%
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

7. Trumann

Trumann - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Flickr user R. Anderson

Population: 7,222College Educated: 11.8%
Unemployment Rate: 12.1%

8. Hot Springs

Hot Springs - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,486College Educated: 20.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%

9. Forrest City

Forrest City - Laziest Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia.

Population: 15,122College Educated: 10.8%
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%

10. El Dorado

El Dorado - Laziest Arkansas

Source: El Dorado AR

Population: 18,590College Educated: 20.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.5%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Osceola 1 7,535 9.3% 22.8%
Newport 2 7,817 10.0% 10.5%
West Memphis 3 25,767 11.3% 14.9%
Mena 4 5,701 12.5% 8.4%
Helena-West Helena 5 11,795 15.2% 21.9%
Hope 6 10,033 13.5% 10.1%
Trumann 7 7,222 11.8% 12.1%
Hot Springs 8 35,486 20.1% 11.7%
Forrest City 9 15,122 10.8% 13.9%
El Dorado 10 18,590 20.3% 13.5%
De Queen 11 6,671 5.7% 13.8%
Pine Bluff 12 47,058 17.6% 16.5%
Mountain Home 13 12,338 19.6% 6.2%
Crossett 14 5,389 17.7% 15.1%
Blytheville 15 15,251 18.5% 10.8%
Warren 16 5,918 11.5% 7.4%
Harrison 17 13,103 19.3% 7.8%
Texarkana 18 30,015 13.9% 8.9%
Clarksville 19 9,286 18.0% 8.0%
Morrilton 20 6,764 19.9% 12.1%
Magnolia 21 11,681 25.3% 9.4%
Camden 22 11,861 16.5% 10.8%
Berryville 23 5,329 11.1% 5.8%
Stuttgart 24 9,269 14.9% 7.4%
Malvern 25 10,695 13.0% 8.5%
Paragould 26 26,859 15.5% 8.8%
Monticello 27 9,718 23.0% 22.1%
Wynne 28 8,296 15.8% 10.6%
Batesville 29 10,386 21.3% 6.4%
Fort Smith 30 87,193 20.7% 6.6%
Pocahontas 31 6,543 15.8% 7.9%
Heber Springs 32 7,177 22.0% 12.9%
Jonesboro 33 70,217 29.7% 8.9%
Russellville 34 28,581 24.7% 8.6%
North Little Rock 35 64,731 25.9% 9.3%
Van Buren 36 22,955 17.4% 8.0%
Alma 37 5,514 15.7% 15.1%
Arkadelphia 38 10,703 35.7% 6.5%
Searcy 39 23,524 31.0% 6.1%
Jacksonville 40 28,728 18.6% 7.5%
Beebe 41 7,688 14.5% 8.6%
Springdale 42 73,789 18.8% 8.1%
Little Rock 43 196,188 38.5% 8.9%
Fayetteville 44 77,264 46.1% 7.0%
Siloam Springs 45 15,614 21.9% 4.3%
White Hall 46 5,392 24.4% 6.8%
Rogers 47 58,944 27.3% 5.4%
Conway 48 62,455 36.6% 7.0%
Bentonville 49 38,572 44.4% 5.0%
Bella Vista 50 27,273 34.5% 5.1%
Farmington 51 6,208 23.3% 5.7%
Marion 52 12,354 23.8% 7.9%
Greenwood 53 9,222 27.4% 6.0%
Benton 54 32,208 27.3% 5.5%
Sherwood 55 30,061 31.7% 4.8%
Lowell 56 7,756 30.0% 2.5%
Cabot 57 24,768 24.0% 6.2%
Bryant 58 18,497 28.2% 3.1%
Centerton 59 10,278 38.2% 3.7%
Maumelle 60 17,565 49.5% 4.1%

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