These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Delaware

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware” based on data:

  1. Wilmington
  2. Milford
  3. Elsmere
  4. Seaford
  5. Dover
  6. New Castle
  7. Smyrna
  8. Georg
  9. Newark
  10. Middl

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, Middl is the hardest-working place in DE.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The First 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 Delaware:

  • 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 10 places in Delaware over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 10 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 Delaware”. And, at the end of the day, Wilmington 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. Wilmington

Wilmington - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263College Educated: 25.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.8%

2. Milford

Milford - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,882College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

3. Elsmere

Elsmere - Laziest Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,149College Educated: 13.2%
Unemployment Rate: 13.3%

4. Seaford

Seaford - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

5. Dover

Dover - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,826College Educated: 28.4%
Unemployment Rate: 10.0%

6. New Castle

New Castle - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346College Educated: 27.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

7. Smyrna

Smyrna - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681College Educated: 22.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

8. Georg

Georg - Laziest Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,650College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

9. Newark

Newark - Laziest Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278College Educated: 53.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

10. Middl

Middl - Laziest Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,469College Educated: 34.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Wilmington 1 71,263 25.6% 12.8%
Milford 2 9,882 19.1% 10.2%
Elsmere 3 6,149 13.2% 13.3%
Seaford 4 7,163 14.9% 6.9%
Dover 5 36,826 28.4% 10.0%
New Castle 6 5,346 27.0% 7.7%
Smyrna 7 10,681 22.0% 9.9%
Georg 8 6,650 14.9% 8.4%
Newark 9 32,278 53.8% 6.1%
Middl 10 19,469 34.6% 5.7%
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