These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Connecticut

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago

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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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut” based on data:

  1. Hartford
  2. New Britain
  3. Waterbury
  4. New London
  5. Norwich
  6. Ansonia
  7. New Haven
  8. Meriden
  9. Groton
  10. West Haven

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, Stamford is the hardest-working place in CT.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Constitution 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 Connecticut:

  • 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 21 places in Connecticut over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 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 Connecticut”. And, at the end of the day, Hartford 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. Hartford

Hartford - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Windham CT

Population: 125,211College Educated: 15.0%
Unemployment Rate: 20.2%

2. New Britain

New Britain - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,095College Educated: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%

3. Waterbury

Waterbury - Laziest Connecticut

Source: New Britain CT. Peter Ostrowski

Population: 109,887College Educated: 16.0%
Unemployment Rate: 13.7%

4. New London

New London - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,536College Educated: 21.1%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%

5. Norwich

Norwich - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Harp & Dragon Pub Norwich CT. Google Maps

Population: 40,378College Educated: 20.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%

6. Ansonia

Ansonia - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,128College Educated: 16.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.1%

7. New Haven

New Haven - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Killingly CT

Population: 130,553College Educated: 33.6%
Unemployment Rate: 13.7%

8. Meriden

Meriden - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,616College Educated: 18.8%
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%

9. Groton

Groton - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348College Educated: 27.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

10. West Haven

West Haven - Laziest Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,290College Educated: 21.2%
Unemployment Rate: 13.1%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Hartford 1 125,211 15.0% 20.2%
New Britain 2 73,095 18.4% 14.1%
Waterbury 3 109,887 16.0% 13.7%
New London 4 27,536 21.1% 15.5%
Norwich 5 40,378 20.1% 11.4%
Ansonia 6 19,128 16.3% 13.1%
New Haven 7 130,553 33.6% 13.7%
Meriden 8 60,616 18.8% 11.9%
Groton 9 9,348 27.0% 9.1%
West Haven 10 55,290 21.2% 13.1%
Torrington 11 35,774 20.8% 9.5%
Bristol 12 60,556 23.7% 10.6%
Bridgeport 13 146,680 16.5% 16.6%
Derby 14 12,837 26.7% 11.6%
Middletown 15 47,424 35.8% 7.4%
Naugatuck 16 31,790 24.5% 11.5%
Norwalk 17 87,214 41.1% 9.3%
Shelton 18 40,472 37.8% 8.6%
Milford 19 51,509 39.6% 8.1%
Danbury 20 82,781 30.5% 8.5%
Stamford 21 125,401 45.8% 10.2%