These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Florida

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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 Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida” based on data:

  1. Live Oak
  2. Sebring
  3. Brooksville
  4. Marianna
  5. Palatka
  6. Perry
  7. Inverness
  8. Lake City
  9. Holly Hill
  10. Arcadia

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, Palmetto Bay is the hardest-working place in FL.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Sunshine 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 Florida:

  • 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 215 places in Florida over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 215 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 Florida”. And, at the end of the day, Live Oak 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. Live Oak

Live Oak - Laziest Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,927College Educated: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 23.3%

2. Sebring

Sebring - Laziest Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,356College Educated: 13.8%
Unemployment Rate: 16.7%

3. Brooksville

Brooksville - Laziest Florida

Source: R Place Brooksville FL. Google Maps

Population: 7,725College Educated: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 19.4%

4. Marianna

Marianna - Laziest Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,548College Educated: 17.4%
Unemployment Rate: 20.0%

5. Palatka

Palatka - Laziest Florida

Source: Trulia.com

Population: 10,464College Educated: 13.4%
Unemployment Rate: 14.6%

6. Perry

Perry - Laziest Florida

Source: Doc�s Smoke Shop Perry FL. Google Maps

Population: 7,040College Educated: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 20.7%

7. Inverness

Inverness - Laziest Florida

Source: One of many waterways in Inverness FL. Google Maps

Population: 7,205College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 15.8%

8. Lake City

Lake City - Laziest Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,059College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 20.0%

9. Holly Hill

Holly Hill - Laziest Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,680College Educated: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 15.8%

10. Arcadia

Arcadia - Laziest Florida

Source: Slim�s BBQ Arcadia FL. Google Maps

Population: 7,647College Educated: 9.0%
Unemployment Rate: 14.8%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Live Oak 1 6,927 8.3% 23.3%
Sebring 2 10,356 13.8% 16.7%
Brooksville 3 7,725 13.6% 19.4%
Marianna 4 8,548 17.4% 20.0%
Palatka 5 10,464 13.4% 14.6%
Perry 6 7,040 14.1% 20.7%
Inverness 7 7,205 16.8% 15.8%
Lake City 8 12,059 15.3% 20.0%
Holly Hill 9 11,680 11.2% 15.8%
Arcadia 10 7,647 9.0% 14.8%
Leesburg 11 20,915 19.3% 17.1%
Starke 12 5,404 17.5% 18.0%
Avon Park 13 8,874 9.8% 20.1%
Lake Wales 14 14,665 19.2% 19.1%
South Daytona 15 12,265 14.3% 13.6%
Lady Lake 16 14,138 20.7% 13.0%
Fort Pierce 17 42,744 13.9% 16.3%
Milton 18 9,149 22.0% 16.8%
New Port Richey 19 15,063 11.7% 13.8%
Daytona Beach 20 61,913 19.4% 12.1%
Tavares 21 14,343 18.1% 12.7%
Cocoa 22 17,261 15.9% 16.1%
Quincy 23 8,022 14.9% 19.4%
Opa-locka 24 15,867 9.4% 13.6%
Winter Haven 25 35,070 16.9% 11.7%
Ocala 26 56,918 22.2% 13.1%
Vero Beach 27 15,577 30.7% 13.1%
Belle Glade 28 17,785 12.4% 19.1%
Fort Meade 29 5,745 12.0% 19.2%
Cape Canaveral 30 9,960 26.2% 11.6%
Wildwood 31 6,782 25.0% 11.6%
Venice 32 21,121 36.6% 13.5%
Panama City 33 36,405 20.8% 12.6%
Largo 34 78,391 20.1% 11.9%
Lakeland 35 99,942 24.7% 13.0%
Zephyrhills 36 14,041 13.8% 10.7%
Riviera Beach 37 33,123 21.9% 17.2%
Orange City 38 10,968 15.5% 13.1%
Stuart 39 15,850 26.7% 13.4%
Pahokee 40 5,941 9.6% 26.6%
Dade City 41 6,548 16.6% 16.4%
DeLand 42 27,872 22.8% 11.3%
Lake Park 43 8,317 17.3% 14.5%
Titusville 44 44,032 20.7% 13.5%
Sebastian 45 22,485 18.0% 15.4%
Sarasota 46 52,986 30.7% 12.1%
Melbourne 47 77,216 24.5% 11.7%
Springfield 48 9,095 12.1% 8.5%
Orange Park 49 8,472 22.1% 14.6%
Pinellas Park 50 49,874 17.3% 10.1%
Indian Harbour Beach 51 8,254 37.7% 16.3%
Bradenton 52 50,777 20.5% 10.9%
Okeechobee 53 5,581 11.0% 11.6%
Bartow 54 17,766 17.0% 11.3%
Islamorada 55 6,318 32.6% 10.5%
Punta Gorda 56 16,984 36.5% 12.2%
Eustis 57 18,920 18.6% 11.9%
DeFuniak Springs 58 5,410 18.9% 8.9%
Callaway 59 14,617 14.2% 11.4%
Fort Myers 60 66,167 23.9% 14.2%
Palm Springs 61 21,302 13.0% 14.2%
Palmetto 62 12,856 20.4% 8.8%
Fellsmere 63 5,312 4.9% 12.1%
Green Cove Springs 64 6,984 20.5% 11.7%
Boynton Beach 65 70,355 25.2% 13.3%
Dania Beach 66 30,531 21.3% 14.5%
West Melbourne 67 19,208 32.0% 11.4%
Fort Walton Beach 68 20,320 23.2% 9.5%
Pompano Beach 69 103,234 23.1% 13.5%
Florida City 70 11,853 5.3% 28.7%
Rockledge 71 25,477 30.1% 13.2%
Palm Bay 72 104,342 17.0% 13.0%
Gulfport 73 12,102 30.3% 10.5%
Hialeah 74 232,311 13.2% 13.1%
Lake Alfred 75 5,136 15.6% 14.1%
Edgewater 76 20,879 15.9% 11.9%
Port Orange 77 57,218 25.2% 7.7%
Lantana 78 10,822 21.1% 14.1%
Deerfield Beach 79 77,341 23.0% 11.0%
Ormond Beach 80 38,502 31.3% 8.8%
Tallahassee 81 185,395 47.5% 13.1%
Lauderdale Lakes 82 33,710 13.1% 19.4%
Treasure Island 83 6,749 43.0% 11.7%
Delray Beach 84 62,828 33.7% 12.2%
Sanibel 85 6,761 63.7% 7.6%
Tarpon Springs 86 23,789 25.8% 14.0%
Clearwater 87 109,210 27.9% 8.7%
Fernandina Beach 88 11,851 38.5% 9.4%
Marathon 89 8,529 24.7% 8.4%
St. Petersburg 90 248,429 30.0% 10.1%
Palm Coast 91 77,779 21.5% 10.0%
Bonita Springs 92 46,384 31.2% 9.0%
Pensacola 93 52,505 33.0% 9.4%
North Port 94 58,584 16.4% 10.7%
Oakland Park 95 42,795 21.1% 12.7%
Marco Island 96 16,921 44.8% 5.4%
West Palm Beach 97 102,283 31.2% 10.3%
Hallandale Beach 98 38,270 29.1% 14.7%
Plant City 99 35,866 18.2% 10.7%
Gainesville 100 126,465 42.6% 9.7%
Cocoa Beach 101 11,287 41.8% 9.5%
Tampa 102 348,934 33.7% 11.5%
Jacksonville 103 837,533 25.5% 11.4%
Naples 104 20,214 52.6% 5.9%
Sanford 105 55,296 21.8% 14.8%
Panama City Beach 106 11,884 24.2% 6.3%
Cape Coral 107 161,804 21.1% 13.0%
Macclenny 108 6,387 13.1% 6.9%
Lake Worth 109 35,903 19.7% 15.8%
Palm Beach 110 8,344 61.3% 4.4%
Seminole 111 17,477 30.6% 7.3%
Lynn Haven 112 19,049 29.3% 7.6%
Fort Lauderdale 113 171,137 33.9% 12.2%
St. Augustine 114 13,440 36.3% 8.6%
Lauderhill 115 69,082 18.9% 16.4%
Alachua 116 9,291 34.3% 8.4%
West Miami 117 6,197 17.0% 13.0%
West Park 118 14,604 13.6% 18.1%
Deltona 119 85,765 14.9% 11.6%
Miami 120 416,432 23.5% 12.5%
Pembroke Park 121 6,220 20.1% 9.0%
Miami Gardens 122 110,867 14.6% 16.6%
Wilton Manors 123 11,994 36.3% 12.1%
Casselberry 124 26,520 23.7% 11.6%
North Palm Beach 125 12,272 44.0% 5.2%
Auburndale 126 13,979 14.5% 11.8%
Port St. Lucie 127 169,260 19.0% 13.7%
Greenacres 128 38,444 18.9% 11.4%
Crestview 129 22,099 19.9% 9.0%
Fort Myers Beach 130 6,539 38.1% 8.2%
Mount Dora 131 12,663 29.2% 8.1%
Clewiston 132 7,184 22.3% 7.2%
Dunedin 133 35,538 29.0% 8.1%
Hialeah Gardens 134 22,660 16.9% 12.2%
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 135 6,241 44.1% 10.4%
St. Cloud 136 39,685 17.5% 12.6%
Kissimmee 137 63,392 14.6% 11.3%
Haines City 138 21,207 14.3% 7.9%
Boca Raton 139 88,187 52.1% 8.7%
Palm Beach Gardens 140 50,147 46.9% 6.9%
New Smyrna Beach 141 22,993 32.1% 6.6%
High Springs 142 5,499 26.7% 11.2%
DeBary 143 19,404 25.3% 9.5%
Tamarac 144 62,478 25.1% 10.0%
Groveland 145 9,381 18.5% 13.9%
Oldsmar 146 13,730 24.1% 9.6%
Miami Springs 147 14,255 25.7% 11.4%
Hollywood 148 145,128 26.8% 11.9%
Margate 149 54,929 20.6% 11.4%
North Lauderdale 150 42,354 13.5% 11.2%
Homestead 151 63,459 15.7% 12.3%
North Miami Beach 152 43,028 20.0% 14.6%
Lighthouse Point 153 10,693 43.8% 8.4%
Winter Park 154 28,771 54.2% 7.3%
St. Pete Beach 155 9,408 50.5% 7.2%
Orlando 156 250,224 33.4% 10.2%
Temple Terrace 157 25,098 41.7% 8.9%
Altamonte Springs 158 41,889 33.9% 9.5%
North Miami 159 60,756 19.5% 14.1%
Longwood 160 13,776 23.0% 12.2%
Key West 161 25,187 30.6% 6.3%
Jacksonville Beach 162 21,822 42.0% 5.3%
Coconut Creek 163 55,590 33.9% 9.5%
Clermont 164 29,582 27.6% 9.5%
Destin 165 12,840 38.1% 6.8%
South Miami 166 12,036 41.8% 11.9%
Jupiter 167 57,625 44.0% 5.7%
Gulf Breeze 168 5,984 46.9% 4.1%
Sunrise 169 88,391 25.9% 9.9%
Valparaiso 170 5,109 32.0% 6.9%
Belle Isle 171 6,265 39.5% 9.3%
Sweetwater 172 20,562 16.8% 10.1%
Safety Harbor 173 17,017 37.8% 6.4%
Longboat Key 174 7,003 60.4% 7.4%
Aventura 175 36,979 50.9% 8.3%
Winter Springs 176 33,673 35.5% 11.7%
Lake Mary 177 14,605 41.3% 9.3%
Niceville 178 13,562 32.9% 4.6%
Tequesta 179 5,756 45.0% 4.9%
Key Biscayne 180 12,774 73.2% 4.7%
Neptune Beach 181 6,733 50.8% 5.9%
Miami Beach 182 90,669 43.2% 5.7%
Coral Gables 183 49,319 62.1% 7.2%
Mascotte 184 5,197 6.9% 7.0%
Atlantic Beach 185 12,840 46.4% 5.4%
Maitland 186 16,273 58.9% 4.9%
St. Augustine Beach 187 6,422 55.7% 7.3%
Sunny Isles Beach 188 21,583 44.2% 6.2%
Miami Shores 189 10,736 44.6% 11.6%
Coral Springs 190 125,150 35.1% 11.1%
Ocoee 191 38,340 29.4% 9.9%
Davie 192 95,721 33.0% 9.1%
Winter Garden 193 36,826 35.7% 8.6%
Pembroke Pines 194 159,920 32.5% 9.9%
Satellite Beach 195 10,262 39.2% 6.0%
Plantation 196 88,486 40.2% 8.1%
Apopka 197 44,462 27.0% 9.3%
Royal Palm Beach 198 35,482 26.1% 8.6%
Bay Harbor Islands 199 5,847 48.9% 6.8%
Miramar 200 128,414 31.0% 11.4%
Miami Lakes 201 30,396 31.8% 7.0%
Newberry 202 5,185 30.1% 3.1%
Wellington 203 59,022 42.9% 8.3%
Cooper City 204 32,058 41.8% 8.4%
Minneola 205 9,849 22.0% 4.2%
North Bay Village 206 7,453 40.6% 4.3%
Southwest Ranches 207 7,583 38.2% 10.9%
Surfside 208 5,927 56.6% 5.6%
Doral 209 49,363 53.7% 6.3%
Weston 210 67,567 57.9% 8.5%
Cutler Bay 211 42,573 30.3% 8.1%
Oviedo 212 35,602 42.6% 8.4%
Pinecrest 213 18,914 63.6% 6.4%
Parkland 214 25,895 61.8% 6.9%
Palmetto Bay 215 24,214 53.3% 8.6%

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