These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Illinois

We used science and data to determine the places in Illinois that are total couch potatoes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 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 Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois” based on data:

  1. Centreville
  2. Rock Falls
  3. Harrisburg
  4. West Frankfort
  5. East St. Louis
  6. Danville
  7. Watseka
  8. Centralia
  9. Streator
  10. Metropolis

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, Plainfield is the hardest-working place in IL.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Prairie 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 Illinois:

  • 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 340 places in Illinois over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 340 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 Illinois”. And, at the end of the day, Centreville 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. Centreville

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,208 College Educated: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 24.4%

2. Rock Falls

Rock Falls - Laziest Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,111College Educated: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 16.6%

3. Harrisburg

Harrisburg - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,989College Educated: 13.8%
Unemployment Rate: 15.9%

4. West Frankfort

West Frankfort - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,247College Educated: 8.4%
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%

5. East St. Louis

East St. Louis - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,697College Educated: 8.0%
Unemployment Rate: 16.4%

6. Danville

Danville - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,483College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 14.3%

7. Watseka

Watseka - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,463College Educated: 12.4%
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%

8. Centralia

Centralia - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,880College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 17.5%

9. Streator

Streator - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,152College Educated: 11.6%
Unemployment Rate: 15.9%

10. Metropolis

Metropolis - Laziest Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,466College Educated: 14.8%
Unemployment Rate: 11.2%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Centreville 1 5,208 7.9% 24.4%
Rock Falls 2 9,111 10.0% 16.6%
Harrisburg 3 8,989 13.8% 15.9%
West Frankfort 4 8,247 8.4% 13.9%
East St. Louis 5 26,697 8.0% 16.4%
Danville 6 32,483 15.3% 14.3%
Watseka 7 5,463 12.4% 14.0%
Centralia 8 12,880 15.3% 17.5%
Streator 9 13,152 11.6% 15.9%
Metropolis 10 6,466 14.8% 11.2%
Kankakee 11 27,145 11.3% 15.5%
Robinson 12 7,264 17.0% 13.6%
Freeport 13 25,225 17.0% 15.2%
Mount Vernon 14 15,069 17.2% 13.4%
Cahokia 15 14,905 7.3% 15.9%
Sumner 16 5,556 2.3% 11.8%
Milan 17 5,122 13.7% 10.9%
Galesburg 18 31,898 16.4% 10.3%
Paris 19 8,702 17.0% 14.0%
Du Quoin 20 6,012 12.7% 14.0%
Mattoon 21 17,906 16.3% 12.0%
Clinton 22 6,931 13.7% 11.1%
Robbins 23 5,221 9.1% 20.8%
Fairfield 24 5,080 11.7% 8.0%
Benton 25 7,185 18.3% 13.0%
Wood River 26 10,477 14.7% 10.6%
Decatur 27 75,088 21.0% 13.9%
Alton 28 27,517 17.6% 14.6%
Beardstown 29 6,336 11.7% 16.2%
Granite City 30 29,764 13.3% 10.6%
Harvey 31 25,225 9.2% 25.6%
Pana 32 5,601 7.3% 6.3%
Pontiac 33 12,012 15.2% 8.0%
Chester 34 8,495 6.1% 7.3%
Peru 35 10,172 20.4% 12.1%
East Moline 36 21,294 17.3% 10.0%
Spring Valley 37 5,441 17.5% 13.1%
Flora 38 5,045 15.5% 8.2%
Rockford 39 151,290 21.0% 15.5%
Hoopeston 40 5,474 9.8% 15.5%
Murphysboro 41 8,189 21.3% 12.6%
Rochelle 42 9,492 19.5% 13.3%
Kewanee 43 12,694 14.0% 8.6%
Rantoul 44 13,214 14.9% 13.2%
Markham 45 12,625 14.2% 21.9%
Monmouth 46 9,565 18.9% 13.1%
Lincoln 47 14,382 18.9% 8.2%
Princeton 48 7,698 19.7% 8.7%
Mount Carmel 49 7,155 18.4% 9.9%
Hillsboro 50 8,371 9.6% 5.8%
Sterling 51 15,208 15.4% 9.1%
LaSalle 52 9,537 16.3% 11.0%
Pinckneyville 53 5,600 15.1% 12.9%
Litchfield 54 6,913 13.1% 5.4%
Olney 55 8,997 23.1% 8.0%
Greenville 56 6,860 23.1% 9.7%
Ottawa 57 18,992 18.3% 12.4%
Dixon 58 14,963 17.3% 8.7%
Chicago Heights 59 30,410 14.2% 18.5%
Jacksonville 60 19,315 22.2% 10.5%
Pekin 61 33,928 18.6% 8.3%
Mendota 62 7,161 13.5% 10.3%
Taylorville 63 11,761 14.8% 8.2%
Rock Island 64 38,888 21.9% 8.9%
Carmi 65 5,307 13.5% 6.9%
Chillicothe 66 6,181 18.6% 8.4%
Canton 67 14,650 17.7% 8.9%
Shelbyville 68 5,211 15.7% 5.4%
Steger 69 9,569 13.8% 13.0%
Bartonville 70 6,440 11.4% 8.5%
Salem 71 7,135 15.2% 6.2%
Broadview 72 7,956 18.0% 16.6%
Vandalia 73 6,247 17.1% 8.4%
Peoria 74 115,718 33.1% 10.7%
Herrin 75 12,721 24.4% 9.0%
Carlinville 76 5,615 23.2% 8.5%
East Alton 77 6,231 10.4% 7.6%
Quincy 78 40,782 22.0% 7.9%
Round Lake Park 79 7,758 11.9% 9.1%
Park City 80 7,551 10.3% 11.9%
Effingham 81 12,428 21.5% 7.0%
Macomb 82 19,193 44.8% 12.9%
Pontoon Beach 83 5,804 12.5% 10.9%
Springfield 84 116,815 34.9% 9.1%
Carbondale 85 26,374 46.0% 11.2%
Calumet City 86 37,197 15.8% 19.0%
Creve Coeur 87 5,717 7.1% 7.8%
Loves Park 88 24,435 21.8% 10.9%
Machesney Park 89 23,180 14.3% 11.5%
Peoria Heights 90 6,056 24.8% 8.7%
Silvis 91 7,525 16.8% 5.0%
Maywood 92 24,148 13.4% 18.5%
Jerseyville 93 8,305 13.5% 8.2%
Belvidere 94 25,713 12.2% 14.0%
East Peoria 95 23,225 19.9% 7.4%
Blue Island 96 23,453 15.2% 15.6%
Marion 97 17,353 26.0% 7.6%
Moline 98 43,087 25.5% 8.0%
Charleston 99 22,065 32.5% 11.9%
Braidwood 100 6,191 10.3% 13.5%
North Riverside 101 6,940 22.1% 9.8%
Eureka 102 5,638 32.0% 10.0%
North Chicago 103 30,760 19.4% 16.2%
Bethalto 104 9,443 21.4% 8.7%
Riverdale 105 13,278 13.8% 18.2%
Posen 106 5,934 8.4% 18.5%
Collinsville 107 25,282 26.7% 10.2%
Colona 108 5,057 8.8% 7.1%
Zion 109 24,292 15.9% 15.3%
Melrose Park 110 25,514 10.4% 11.4%
Bridgeview 111 16,550 14.4% 11.2%
Crestwood 112 11,006 22.6% 10.4%
Mascoutah 113 7,675 25.7% 10.3%
Sauk Village 114 10,545 11.3% 22.8%
Bradley 115 15,822 18.2% 8.1%
Lansing 116 28,486 19.3% 13.2%
Genoa 117 5,716 10.4% 14.1%
South Beloit 118 8,129 17.3% 9.2%
Calumet Park 119 8,189 15.1% 24.3%
Glenwood 120 9,040 26.0% 17.8%
Hillside 121 8,192 22.5% 10.6%
Summit 122 11,367 12.6% 13.9%
Wilmington 123 5,934 16.3% 10.5%
Coal City 124 5,460 18.6% 11.1%
Belleville 125 43,296 23.0% 7.0%
Marengo 126 7,451 17.2% 13.6%
University Park 127 6,852 23.6% 18.1%
Worth 128 10,827 13.5% 13.2%
Godfrey 129 17,911 27.0% 7.3%
Cicero 130 84,423 7.6% 13.6%
Crest Hill 131 20,444 16.7% 8.5%
DeKalb 132 44,092 35.0% 12.0%
Park Forest 133 22,490 27.2% 19.0%
Chicago Ridge 134 14,410 17.1% 11.3%
Midlothian 135 14,901 18.7% 13.9%
Alsip 136 19,385 15.2% 12.6%
Waukegan 137 88,671 18.7% 11.6%
Bellwood 138 19,149 14.7% 15.1%
Sandwich 139 7,513 15.2% 10.0%
Morris 140 13,929 24.1% 8.1%
Hazel Crest 141 14,102 22.5% 19.6%
Northlake 142 12,368 11.7% 8.0%
Fox Lake 143 10,757 19.1% 14.1%
Highwood 144 5,400 32.6% 9.3%
Stickney 145 6,810 9.1% 6.4%
Wood Dale 146 13,882 20.9% 8.7%
Addison 147 37,215 20.8% 11.7%
Champaign 148 82,848 50.3% 7.5%
Geneseo 149 6,500 25.8% 3.5%
Burbank 150 29,097 12.3% 10.8%
Franklin Park 151 18,389 15.9% 9.0%
Harwood Heights 152 8,656 25.3% 8.7%
Urbana 153 41,760 53.6% 7.5%
Justice 154 13,001 15.5% 12.6%
McHenry 155 26,803 24.8% 11.4%
Dolton 156 23,262 17.6% 24.1%
Harvard 157 9,829 8.9% 12.0%
Niles 158 29,939 28.5% 7.5%
Countryside 159 5,974 26.8% 7.0%
Bourbonnais 160 18,641 26.8% 7.9%
Schiller Park 161 11,842 20.3% 11.3%
Highland 162 9,738 25.9% 6.5%
Rolling Meadows 163 23,646 30.6% 9.2%
Berwyn 164 56,762 20.3% 12.7%
Forest Park 165 14,202 43.7% 11.6%
Westmont 166 25,236 42.8% 10.4%
Palos Hills 167 17,584 21.4% 8.9%
Oak Lawn 168 56,969 26.7% 11.8%
Winthrop Harbor 169 6,744 24.1% 10.0%
Plano 170 11,371 18.6% 11.1%
Woodstock 171 25,121 28.2% 10.8%
Rockton 172 7,461 29.4% 9.3%
O’Fallon 173 29,100 48.8% 9.0%
Bloomington 174 77,883 45.2% 6.6%
Lyons 175 10,667 16.7% 8.5%
Richton Park 176 13,718 32.1% 16.1%
Willowbrook 177 8,607 47.0% 8.6%
Oak Forest 178 28,104 25.5% 11.8%
Mount Zion 179 5,830 37.1% 6.8%
Lynwood 180 9,260 32.9% 17.3%
Hickory Hills 181 14,117 25.1% 11.6%
Manteno 182 9,585 28.4% 7.8%
Morton 183 16,493 43.6% 3.9%
Troy 184 9,931 22.7% 7.5%
Olympia Fields 185 5,022 49.7% 11.8%
Savoy 186 7,835 61.4% 3.3%
West Chicago 187 27,416 24.7% 9.7%
River Grove 188 10,268 19.6% 8.5%
Washington 189 15,525 38.2% 4.2%
Chicago 190 2,712,608 34.9% 13.2%
Carterville 191 5,635 36.1% 3.9%
Palos Heights 192 12,572 43.4% 9.9%
South Holland 193 22,123 28.2% 16.6%
Monticello 194 5,400 38.4% 5.5%
Fairview Heights 195 17,250 32.2% 5.7%
Berkeley 196 5,219 27.8% 10.3%
Norridge 197 14,713 21.7% 7.1%
Westchester 198 16,786 32.2% 7.5%
Joliet 199 147,786 23.4% 11.0%
Maryville 200 7,727 44.0% 8.1%
Country Club Hills 201 16,752 31.6% 17.5%
Columbia 202 9,889 34.3% 7.1%
Swansea 203 13,870 36.2% 6.2%
Elgin 204 110,906 24.0% 9.6%
Elmwood Park 205 24,960 26.0% 10.4%
Bensenville 206 18,457 17.5% 7.8%
Glendale Heights 207 34,436 29.0% 10.5%
Glen Ellyn 208 27,394 61.4% 9.1%
Prospect Heights 209 16,344 35.4% 6.4%
Auburn 210 5,004 20.1% 6.2%
Matteson 211 19,097 34.2% 15.0%
Darien 212 22,251 46.3% 8.4%
Evergreen Park 213 19,924 33.1% 11.4%
Beach Park 214 13,851 22.9% 8.4%
Lincolnshire 215 7,270 68.8% 6.8%
Round Lake Beach 216 28,048 15.3% 9.0%
Roscoe 217 10,724 28.4% 6.8%
Lombard 218 43,853 42.5% 8.0%
Villa Park 219 22,073 34.3% 9.1%
Crete 220 8,284 36.7% 8.4%
Carpentersville 221 38,128 20.9% 10.8%
Hanover Park 222 38,302 21.7% 9.6%
Morton Grove 223 23,424 43.7% 8.0%
Homewood 224 19,642 44.3% 10.4%
Warrenville 225 13,361 41.1% 9.6%
Sycamore 226 17,473 38.5% 7.7%
Aurora 227 199,878 31.2% 9.9%
Elk Grove Village 228 33,288 36.4% 6.2%
La Grange Park 229 13,624 48.3% 7.4%
Bloomingdale 230 22,208 36.7% 6.9%
Oak Brook 231 7,967 64.8% 4.2%
Island Lake 232 8,033 24.1% 9.4%
Normal 233 54,082 51.5% 5.6%
Chatham 234 12,131 44.2% 6.1%
Skokie 235 65,056 46.9% 9.2%
Des Plaines 236 58,802 35.2% 6.7%
Evanston 237 75,282 66.4% 8.2%
Glen Carbon 238 13,095 49.4% 6.1%
Mahomet 239 7,592 51.3% 3.6%
Huntley 240 25,200 35.0% 5.6%
North Aurora 241 16,927 38.9% 7.8%
Mundelein 242 31,498 41.3% 9.4%
Elburn 243 5,733 36.1% 12.2%
Waterloo 244 10,102 24.9% 4.2%
Winfield 245 9,368 50.4% 9.2%
Mount Prospect 246 54,589 38.0% 6.6%
Lisle 247 22,626 54.1% 7.2%
Wheeling 248 37,886 35.9% 6.7%
Batavia 249 25,905 50.9% 8.3%
Lake Forest 250 18,914 75.2% 6.2%
Brookfield 251 19,022 35.2% 6.7%
Gurnee 252 31,182 47.4% 7.9%
Arlington Heights 253 75,577 54.0% 6.6%
Carol Stream 254 40,136 37.7% 8.5%
Edwardsville 255 24,464 52.0% 5.0%
Orland Hills 256 7,252 30.4% 10.4%
Elmhurst 257 45,105 57.7% 7.3%
Roselle 258 22,951 37.1% 7.5%
Downers Grove 259 49,372 53.4% 6.9%
Palatine 260 69,015 48.5% 7.6%
Schaumburg 261 74,560 44.8% 6.6%
Highland Park 262 29,819 69.5% 6.3%
Lake Bluff 263 5,867 79.9% 5.7%
Willow Springs 264 5,692 38.9% 8.4%
Wheaton 265 53,406 61.1% 6.9%
Northfield 266 5,332 75.4% 3.7%
Lakemoor 267 6,576 22.7% 9.5%
Northbrook 268 33,396 68.9% 5.4%
Riverside 269 8,915 59.7% 7.8%
Oak Park 270 51,988 67.1% 8.1%
Romeoville 271 39,675 25.4% 8.8%
Poplar Grove 272 5,498 19.1% 5.4%
Geneva 273 21,662 56.4% 7.6%
Streamwood 274 40,746 31.2% 9.7%
Park Ridge 275 37,511 54.0% 5.5%
Shorewood 276 16,186 38.1% 8.6%
Itasca 277 8,579 39.0% 6.5%
Barrington 278 10,830 63.7% 7.8%
Lockport 279 25,063 33.3% 9.2%
Spring Grove 280 5,390 28.0% 8.7%
Orland Park 281 57,802 41.3% 7.4%
Glenview 282 45,400 61.1% 5.5%
Libertyville 283 20,398 64.7% 5.2%
Vernon Hills 284 25,535 59.6% 6.3%
Lincolnwood 285 12,653 55.2% 5.8%
Lake Villa 286 8,860 44.7% 8.2%
La Grange 287 15,675 59.8% 6.7%
Monee 288 5,133 26.3% 6.1%
Channahon 289 12,422 24.2% 6.5%
Woodridge 290 33,227 47.3% 8.3%
Minooka 291 11,225 28.0% 8.1%
Lemont 292 16,376 39.6% 8.1%
Clarendon Hills 293 8,548 73.3% 3.4%
Lindenhurst 294 14,412 47.1% 9.1%
Wauconda 295 13,189 35.2% 7.3%
Inverness 296 7,516 65.1% 7.4%
Bolingbrook 297 74,112 34.5% 8.4%
Shiloh 298 12,706 41.3% 5.7%
Montgomery 299 18,780 28.7% 7.6%
Deerfield 300 18,476 75.2% 5.8%
Lake in the Hills 301 28,926 31.3% 8.8%
Burr Ridge 302 10,678 68.5% 5.2%
Tinley Park 303 57,099 34.9% 6.7%
Hinsdale 304 16,898 77.2% 6.1%
Johnsburg 305 6,322 32.0% 8.2%
Flossmoor 306 9,339 62.3% 7.8%
Crystal Lake 307 40,598 40.4% 7.1%
West Dundee 308 7,367 48.0% 5.6%
Algonquin 309 30,189 44.4% 10.0%
Antioch 310 14,395 32.5% 7.1%
Buffalo Grove 311 41,613 63.7% 6.6%
St. Charles 312 33,422 48.8% 4.1%
Yorkville 313 17,980 33.0% 6.1%
Manhattan 314 7,017 34.5% 7.2%
River Forest 315 11,211 72.3% 4.1%
Homer Glen 316 24,322 35.4% 6.9%
Hoffman Estates 317 52,271 45.9% 6.6%
Wilmette 318 27,345 81.1% 4.3%
Mokena 319 18,804 37.8% 7.1%
Frankfort 320 18,100 53.9% 7.0%
South Elgin 321 22,126 35.0% 5.6%
Hawthorn Woods 322 7,727 63.8% 7.6%
Winnetka 323 12,366 87.4% 4.8%
Western Springs 324 13,066 76.8% 5.3%
Glencoe 325 8,824 85.3% 3.5%
Lake Zurich 326 19,849 53.9% 6.9%
Bartlett 327 41,529 43.7% 7.0%
Pingree Grove 328 5,062 31.6% 7.6%
Grayslake 329 20,863 50.8% 5.0%
Cary 330 18,115 47.1% 8.0%
Naperville 331 144,108 66.1% 6.6%
New Lenox 332 24,747 39.1% 5.8%
Hampshire 333 6,053 25.4% 2.4%
Oswego 334 31,723 44.1% 5.4%
Campton Hills 335 10,908 53.6% 5.8%
Sugar Grove 336 9,096 38.0% 5.6%
Round Lake 337 18,399 37.2% 5.7%
Long Grove 338 8,017 66.4% 7.2%
Gilberts 339 7,256 42.3% 4.6%
Plainfield 340 40,641 48.8% 5.7%

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