These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Kansas

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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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas” based on data:

  1. Iola
  2. Coffeyville
  3. Arkansas City
  4. Concordia
  5. Chanute
  6. Independence
  7. Great Bend
  8. Parsons
  9. Wellington
  10. Hutchinson

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, Andover is the hardest-working place in KS.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Sunflower 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 Kansas:

  • 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 59 places in Kansas over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 59 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 Kansas”. And, at the end of the day, Iola 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. Iola

Iola - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,650College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%

2. Coffeyville

Coffeyville - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,034College Educated: 13.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%

3. Arkansas City

Arkansas City - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,316College Educated: 15.7%
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%

4. Concordia

Concordia - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,327College Educated: 19.3%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

5. Chanute

Chanute - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,194College Educated: 18.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%

6. Independence

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Source: Flickr

Population: 9,282 College Educated: 20.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.8%

7. Great Bend

Great Bend - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,942College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%

8. Parsons

Parsons - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,307College Educated: 23.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

9. Wellington

Wellington - Laziest Kansas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,028 College Educated: 17.7%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

10. Hutchinson

Hutchinson - Laziest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,946College Educated: 19.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Iola 1 5,650 16.8% 8.9%
Coffeyville 2 10,034 13.0% 8.8%
Arkansas City 3 12,316 15.7% 11.9%
Concordia 4 5,327 19.3% 8.0%
Chanute 5 9,194 18.1% 7.0%
Independence 6 9,282 20.3% 12.8%
Great Bend 7 15,942 16.8% 9.4%
Parsons 8 10,307 23.1% 8.0%
Wellington 9 8,028 17.7% 9.3%
Hutchinson 10 41,946 19.6% 6.9%
Winfield 11 12,324 23.0% 7.7%
Topeka 12 127,660 27.5% 8.2%
Kansas City 13 147,598 15.5% 12.7%
Pratt 14 6,889 23.1% 4.7%
El Dorado 15 12,931 20.2% 6.6%
Liberal 16 20,846 12.4% 8.7%
Ulysses 17 6,010 19.8% 9.2%
Emporia 18 24,787 25.5% 8.9%
Atchison 19 10,920 22.0% 9.3%
Fort Scott 20 7,957 22.2% 4.5%
Dodge City 21 27,950 15.9% 7.6%
Salina 22 47,894 23.9% 6.0%
Leavenworth 23 35,738 30.3% 8.8%
Pittsburg 24 20,336 34.0% 6.6%
Junction City 25 24,691 20.2% 9.0%
Augusta 26 9,239 22.8% 10.9%
Newton 27 19,144 24.0% 5.7%
Abilene 28 6,729 19.8% 4.7%
Ottawa 29 12,548 20.5% 8.0%
Wichita 30 385,518 28.8% 8.7%
Bonner Springs 31 7,420 20.6% 7.2%
McPherson 32 13,205 28.7% 2.8%
Hays 33 20,886 35.2% 5.2%
Haysville 34 11,235 17.5% 5.8%
Garden City 35 26,924 17.8% 4.5%
Park City 36 7,194 22.2% 7.7%
Paola 37 5,589 24.2% 6.1%
Colby 38 5,411 28.9% 2.7%
Lawrence 39 90,194 53.4% 6.8%
Manhattan 40 55,112 51.7% 5.2%
De Soto 41 5,888 25.1% 5.9%
Eudora 42 6,152 33.6% 11.5%
Mission 43 9,451 52.7% 4.1%
Bel Aire 44 6,923 52.4% 5.3%
Merriam 45 11,191 33.4% 5.0%
Valley Center 46 6,449 29.1% 4.1%
Lansing 47 11,535 31.6% 6.5%
Derby 48 23,419 37.6% 4.5%
Overland Park 49 178,945 57.4% 5.1%
Lenexa 50 49,573 54.3% 5.6%
Prairie Village 51 21,730 67.5% 3.4%
Mulvane 52 6,000 37.9% 4.5%
Gardner 53 20,128 29.0% 6.4%
Shawnee 54 63,597 43.1% 4.9%
Spring Hill 55 5,618 26.7% 5.4%
Roeland Park 56 6,799 49.2% 2.9%
Olathe 57 129,913 45.0% 5.3%
Leawood 58 32,842 74.3% 3.3%
Andover 59 12,113 47.8% 4.3%