These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Idaho

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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho” based on data:

  1. Payette
  2. Weiser
  3. Rupert
  4. Emmett
  5. Sandpoint
  6. Burley
  7. Jerome
  8. Garden City
  9. Coeur D’Alene
  10. Lewiston

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, Star is the hardest-working place in ID.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Gem 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 Idaho:

  • 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 32 places in Idaho over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 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 Idaho”. And, at the end of the day, Payette 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. Payette

Payette - Laziest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,447College Educated: 8.9%
Unemployment Rate: 16.7%

2. Weiser

Weiser - Laziest Idaho

Source: CGoogle Maps

Population: 5,407College Educated: 10.5%
Unemployment Rate: 12.9%

3. Rupert

Rupert - Laziest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,583College Educated: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

4. Emmett

Emmett - Laziest Idaho

Source: Flickr user Ken Lund

Population: 6,546College Educated: 15.6%
Unemployment Rate: 22.9%

5. Sandpoint

Sandpoint - Laziest Idaho

Source: Boise Blog

Population: 7,497College Educated: 21.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

6. Burley

Burley - Laziest Idaho

Source: The Reloading Center Burley ID. Google Maps

Population: 10,352College Educated: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

7. Jerome

Jerome - Laziest Idaho

Source: Family Dollar Jerome ID. Google Maps

Population: 11,046College Educated: 9.5%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

8. Garden City

Garden City - Laziest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,223College Educated: 35.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.5%

9. Coeur D’Alene

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,848College Educated: 23.7%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

10. Lewiston

Lewiston - Laziest Idaho

Source: Boomtown American Saloon Lewiston ID. From their Facebook page.

Population: 32,178College Educated: 22.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Payette 1 7,447 8.9% 16.7%
Weiser 2 5,407 10.5% 12.9%
Rupert 3 5,583 7.8% 8.1%
Emmett 4 6,546 15.6% 22.9%
Sandpoint 5 7,497 21.2% 6.7%
Burley 6 10,352 14.1% 7.2%
Jerome 7 11,046 9.5% 10.3%
Garden City 8 11,223 35.6% 12.5%
Coeur d’Alene 9 45,848 23.7% 9.9%
Lewiston 10 32,178 22.2% 5.7%
Rathdrum 11 7,046 18.8% 11.8%
Twin Falls 12 45,362 17.5% 7.4%
Rexburg 13 26,301 38.6% 12.1%
Mountain Home 14 13,871 13.7% 7.5%
Moscow 15 24,406 55.4% 9.2%
Hayden 16 13,588 20.3% 9.3%
Nampa 17 84,660 17.4% 10.4%
Pocatello 18 54,466 29.9% 7.7%
Caldwell 19 48,114 14.3% 11.0%
Idaho Falls 20 57,935 25.5% 6.7%
Blackfoot 21 11,891 22.3% 5.6%
Post Falls 22 28,786 20.1% 7.8%
Boise City 23 211,655 39.1% 7.7%
Middleton 24 5,898 14.5% 10.6%
Chubbuck 25 14,117 23.1% 5.8%
Preston 26 5,172 16.2% 6.6%
Eagle 27 21,102 45.9% 5.8%
Kuna 28 16,188 22.2% 9.3%
Ammon 29 14,257 33.0% 5.6%
Meridian 30 81,025 33.3% 7.3%
Hailey 31 7,961 36.1% 3.8%
Star 32 6,379 23.5% 5.1%
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