These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Colorado

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado” based on data:

  1. La Junta
  2. Lamar
  3. Alamosa
  4. Pueblo
  5. Montrose
  6. Cortez
  7. Canon City
  8. Delta
  9. Trinidad
  10. Sterling

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, Erie is the hardest-working place in CO.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Centennial 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 Colorado:

  • 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 79 places in Colorado over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 79 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 Colorado”. And, at the end of the day, La Junta 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. La Junta

La Junta - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,040College Educated: 14.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.4%

2. Lamar

Lamar - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,810College Educated: 12.4%
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%

3. Alamosa

Alamosa - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,427College Educated: 26.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.0%

4. Pueblo

Pueblo - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 107,706College Educated: 19.4%
Unemployment Rate: 12.5%

5. Montrose

Montrose - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,018College Educated: 27.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.0%

6. Cortez

Cortez - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,515College Educated: 23.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%

7. Cañon City

Ca - Laziest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,410College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

8. Delta

Ca - Laziest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,410College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

9. Trinidad

Ca - Laziest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,410College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

10. Sterling

Ca - Laziest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,410College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
La Junta 1 7,040 14.3% 12.4%
Lamar 2 7,810 12.4% 11.1%
Alamosa 3 9,427 26.6% 12.0%
Pueblo 4 107,706 19.4% 12.5%
Montrose 5 19,018 27.3% 12.0%
Cortez 6 8,515 23.1% 11.7%
Delta 11 8,801 18.7% 11.8%
Trinidad 12 8,657 18.5% 9.2%
Sterling 13 14,709 14.7% 15.9%
Brush 14 5,493 16.1% 8.5%
Grand Junction 15 59,731 29.5% 9.4%
Salida 16 5,329 33.1% 6.9%
Fort Morgan 17 11,397 11.9% 6.5%
Edgewater 18 5,217 21.8% 12.7%
Sheridan 19 5,819 11.6% 14.2%
Greeley 20 95,677 25.6% 9.9%
Colorado Springs 21 433,547 36.3% 9.7%
Craig 22 9,092 15.2% 5.9%
Wheat Ridge 23 30,655 33.9% 8.5%
Gunnison 24 5,927 39.8% 11.9%
Evans 25 19,535 16.0% 7.2%
Federal Heights 26 11,835 9.7% 9.0%
Fountain 27 26,881 22.6% 9.2%
Englewood 28 31,298 33.2% 8.9%
Estes Park 29 6,022 44.7% 4.4%
Fruita 30 12,702 26.4% 7.1%
Loveland 31 70,093 34.0% 7.5%
Berthoud 32 5,323 31.2% 9.7%
Northglenn 33 37,075 18.1% 9.7%
Lakewood 34 145,880 36.0% 8.1%
Longmont 35 88,547 37.1% 8.2%
Denver 36 633,777 43.7% 7.8%
Manitou Springs 37 5,175 46.8% 5.6%
Fort Collins 38 149,627 51.6% 7.9%
Rifle 39 9,397 16.6% 9.8%
Woodland Park 40 7,187 36.5% 11.5%
Aurora 41 339,480 27.1% 10.1%
Steamboat Springs 42 12,044 53.4% 6.8%
Boulder 43 102,002 71.5% 7.4%
Aspen 44 6,700 62.6% 6.8%
Littleton 45 43,710 44.6% 6.8%
Brighton 46 35,004 18.5% 7.6%
Golden 47 19,759 53.5% 6.0%
Fort Lupton 48 7,595 10.5% 5.9%
Durango 49 17,268 52.3% 5.3%
Arvada 50 109,800 36.4% 7.1%
Glenwood Springs 51 9,668 34.0% 5.1%
Westminster 52 109,296 34.6% 8.5%
Carbondale 53 6,464 42.7% 10.4%
Lafayette 54 25,812 55.6% 7.6%
Lochbuie 55 5,127 10.9% 4.2%
Vail 56 5,280 55.6% 6.4%
Commerce City 57 48,792 20.6% 7.3%
Monument 58 6,226 52.6% 5.6%
Louisville 59 19,171 70.5% 4.7%
Thornton 60 124,707 26.6% 7.5%
Greenwood Village 61 14,546 73.8% 3.6%
Broomfield 62 59,027 49.5% 6.0%
Windsor 63 19,865 44.6% 4.4%
Cherry Hills Village 64 6,234 77.5% 3.7%
Avon 65 6,384 43.8% 4.0%
Centennial 66 104,213 54.0% 6.0%
Frederick 67 9,636 34.0% 6.4%
Gypsum 68 6,587 35.0% 5.1%
Lone Tree 69 12,328 65.2% 4.8%
Castle Pines 70 10,626 66.0% 4.9%
Castle Rock 71 51,802 46.6% 5.8%
Milliken 72 5,837 17.2% 4.0%
John 73 11,639 27.5% 5.3%
Firestone 74 10,908 35.6% 5.9%
Wellington 75 6,634 27.7% 2.1%
Eagle 76 6,511 49.9% 3.9%
Superior 77 12,716 78.0% 4.1%
Parker 78 47,515 51.6% 5.0%
Erie 79 19,305 57.2% 3.8%

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