Find a Job You Really Want In
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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa” based on data:
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, North Liberty is the hardest-working place in IA.
How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Hawkeye 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 Iowa:
- 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 80 places in Iowa over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 80 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 Iowa”. And, at the end of the day, Red 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.
1. Red Oak
Population: 5,644College Educated: 14.0%
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%
Population: 10,742College Educated: 16.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
3. Iowa Falls
Population: 5,193College Educated: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Population: 24,847College Educated: 15.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%
Population: 25,559College Educated: 20.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
6. Fort Dodge
Population: 24,846College Educated: 20.8%
Unemployment Rate: 10.7%
Population: 5,490 College Educated: 18.5%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Population: 5,165College Educated: 15.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Population: 5,526College Educated: 9.9%
Unemployment Rate: 13.2%
10. Fort Madison
Population: 10,929College Educated: 13.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom
Like we said earlier, trying to determine the laziest places in Iowa 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.