These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Indiana

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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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana” based on data:

  1. Peru
  2. Gas City
  3. East Chicago
  4. Connersville
  5. Portland
  6. Richmond
  7. New Castle
  8. Wabash
  9. Hartford City
  10. Brazil

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, St. John is the hardest-working place in IN.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Hoosier 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 Indiana:

  • 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 119 places in Indiana over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 119 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 Indiana”. And, at the end of the day, Peru 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. Peru

Peru - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,199College Educated: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

2. Gas City

Gas City - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,093College Educated: 9.4%
Unemployment Rate: 13.5%

3. East Chicago

East Chicago - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,387College Educated: 7.5%
Unemployment Rate: 17.0%

4. Connersville

Connersville - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,267College Educated: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 16.1%

5. Portland

Portland - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,408College Educated: 8.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.5%

6. Richmond

Richmond - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,527College Educated: 17.8%
Unemployment Rate: 12.5%

7. New Castle

New Castle - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,859College Educated: 12.8%
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%

8. Wabash

Wabash - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,534College Educated: 11.8%
Unemployment Rate: 11.2%

9. Hartford City

Hartford City - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,166College Educated: 9.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.1%

10. Brazil

Brazil - Laziest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,022College Educated: 13.1%
Unemployment Rate: 15.3%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Peru 1 11,199 7.9% 14.4%
Gas City 2 6,093 9.4% 13.5%
East Chicago 3 29,387 7.5% 17.0%
Connersville 4 13,267 7.9% 16.1%
Portland 5 6,408 8.1% 11.5%
Richmond 6 36,527 17.8% 12.5%
New Castle 7 17,859 12.8% 14.1%
Wabash 8 10,534 11.8% 11.2%
Hartford City 9 6,166 9.3% 13.1%
Brazil 10 8,022 13.1% 15.3%
Lake Station 11 12,369 5.4% 16.5%
Gary 12 79,165 13.1% 18.8%
Bedford 13 13,384 12.2% 10.3%
Crawfordsville 14 15,988 13.2% 11.6%
Michigan City 15 31,369 15.7% 15.5%
Anderson 16 55,789 14.1% 14.7%
Marion 17 29,403 16.3% 10.2%
Lawrenceburg 18 5,022 8.5% 13.8%
Kokomo 19 56,958 16.8% 11.8%
Plymouth 20 10,048 13.8% 15.1%
Vincennes 21 18,233 13.5% 8.3%
Logansport 22 17,933 12.5% 12.8%
La Porte 23 22,153 14.5% 12.3%
Muncie 24 70,035 22.4% 14.1%
Salem 25 6,264 13.3% 13.7%
Washington 26 11,758 13.3% 8.5%
Rushville 27 6,314 10.2% 7.7%
North Vernon 28 6,736 10.1% 12.2%
Martinsville 29 11,756 11.0% 11.8%
Westville 30 6,895 6.2% 17.7%
Madison 31 12,033 21.4% 11.0%
Shelbyville 32 19,216 13.0% 11.2%
Elkhart 33 51,539 13.5% 12.8%
Linton 34 5,368 11.1% 7.4%
Huntington 35 17,284 16.1% 11.4%
Monticello 36 5,355 15.2% 7.6%
South Bend 37 100,422 23.5% 13.7%
Decatur 38 9,511 13.9% 7.9%
Alexandria 39 5,100 11.7% 8.4%
Mount Vernon 40 6,607 19.8% 6.9%
Princeton 41 8,600 12.3% 7.9%
Angola 42 8,610 20.5% 10.4%
Beech Grove 43 14,301 14.4% 10.5%
Scottsburg 44 6,700 16.9% 14.4%
Kendallville 45 9,847 15.7% 11.2%
New Albany 46 36,496 16.6% 10.7%
Terre Haute 47 61,040 20.0% 9.8%
Evansville 48 120,220 18.8% 8.2%
Columbia City 49 9,057 18.6% 9.4%
Seymour 50 18,686 17.0% 9.5%
Frankfort 51 16,488 10.9% 10.9%
Rochester 52 6,151 14.3% 6.1%
Bluffton 53 9,621 16.3% 5.2%
Tipton 54 5,288 15.7% 6.7%
Tell City 55 7,251 14.1% 4.7%
Greensburg 56 12,160 15.1% 9.4%
Hammond 57 79,585 13.2% 13.7%
Mishawaka 58 48,120 24.0% 10.6%
Goshen 59 32,297 21.3% 8.7%
Elwood 60 8,569 11.1% 10.1%
West Lafayette 61 30,843 69.7% 7.0%
Warsaw 62 14,179 24.9% 8.5%
Lafayette 63 69,982 25.5% 8.7%
Fort Wayne 64 255,784 25.8% 10.0%
Speedway 65 12,012 26.5% 10.7%
Boonville 66 6,220 12.9% 5.2%
Mooresville 67 9,459 13.1% 7.8%
Rensselaer 68 5,787 17.0% 3.9%
Bloomington 69 81,963 56.4% 8.8%
Auburn 70 12,972 23.7% 6.2%
Clarksville 71 21,579 18.7% 6.9%
North Manchester 72 6,080 27.2% 5.4%
Garrett 73 6,213 12.9% 8.6%
New Haven 74 15,612 19.1% 7.7%
Charlestown 75 7,802 15.3% 10.3%
Greencastle 76 10,307 20.8% 6.5%
Portage 77 37,008 15.4% 11.0%
Indianapolis 78 835,097 27.6% 11.2%
Columbus 79 45,522 34.5% 6.3%
Huntingburg 80 6,489 12.4% 5.8%
Merrillville 81 35,262 20.2% 11.2%
Hobart 82 29,136 15.8% 10.1%
Greenfield 83 21,012 20.6% 7.7%
Jeffersonville 84 45,869 21.4% 8.8%
Ellettsville 85 6,352 26.2% 6.2%
Yor 86 11,265 34.9% 6.3%
Jasper 87 15,177 21.7% 4.1%
Griffith 88 16,765 16.3% 8.9%
Lebanon 89 15,688 19.1% 5.8%
Cedar Lake 90 11,653 14.3% 11.8%
Valparaiso 91 31,745 35.9% 6.8%
New Whiteland 92 5,646 16.3% 9.4%
Franklin 93 24,193 21.7% 7.3%
Batesville 94 6,397 34.0% 2.4%
Cumberland 95 5,243 18.7% 9.9%
Plainfield 96 29,220 27.5% 8.1%
Lawrence 97 46,796 32.5% 11.2%
Greenwood 98 52,799 26.1% 8.1%
Nappanee 99 6,639 17.0% 6.0%
Sellersburg 100 8,004 21.6% 7.0%
Chesterton 101 13,894 32.3% 8.8%
Crown Point 102 28,259 31.3% 8.6%
Highland 103 23,429 27.0% 5.9%
Danville 104 9,258 26.8% 7.2%
Lowell 105 9,347 17.5% 8.8%
Hunte 106 5,326 27.4% 6.6%
Munster 107 23,325 40.5% 6.5%
Dyer 108 16,322 30.3% 7.6%
McCordsville 109 5,037 49.0% 8.5%
Brownsburg 110 22,618 37.5% 5.6%
Schererville 111 29,082 32.8% 6.7%
Bargersville 112 6,324 27.7% 3.2%
Carmel 113 83,474 68.8% 5.0%
Zionsville 114 24,559 68.9% 3.4%
Noblesville 115 56,576 45.7% 4.7%
Westfield 116 32,426 57.8% 3.5%
Fishers 117 81,060 61.1% 5.0%
Avon 118 14,570 36.6% 3.6%
St. John 119 15,456 39.1% 3.9%

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