These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Kentucky

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky” based on data:

  1. Middlesborough
  2. Monticello
  3. Central City
  4. Lebanon
  5. Leitchfield
  6. Corbin
  7. Mayfield
  8. Russellville
  9. London
  10. Princeton

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, Union is the hardest-working place in KY.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Bluegrass 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 Kentucky:

  • 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 78 places in Kentucky over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 78 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 Kentucky”. And, at the end of the day, Middlesborough 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. Middlesborough

Middlesborough - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,035College Educated: 10.9%
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%

2. Monticello

Monticello - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,163College Educated: 8.5%
Unemployment Rate: 17.1%

3. Central City

Central City - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,932 College Educated: 5.6%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%

4. Lebanon

Lebanon - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,594College Educated: 13.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

5. Leitchfield

Leitchfield - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,781 College Educated: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 16.9%

6. Corbin

Corbin - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,051College Educated: 18.2%
Unemployment Rate: 16.1%

7. Mayfield

Mayfield - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,091College Educated: 15.6%
Unemployment Rate: 15.0%

8. Russellville

Russellville - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,998College Educated: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%

9. London

London - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,062College Educated: 14.7%
Unemployment Rate: 12.7%

10. Princeton

Princeton - Laziest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,274College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Middlesborough 1 10,035 10.9% 14.1%
Monticello 2 6,163 8.5% 17.1%
Central City 3 5,932 5.6% 8.6%
Lebanon 4 5,594 13.3% 9.0%
Leitchfield 5 6,781 7.9% 16.9%
Corbin 6 7,051 18.2% 16.1%
Mayfield 7 10,091 15.6% 15.0%
Russellville 8 6,998 14.1% 7.9%
London 9 8,062 14.7% 12.7%
Princeton 10 6,274 16.8% 13.8%
Harrodsburg 11 8,359 16.2% 21.7%
Franklin 12 8,563 13.8% 11.3%
Glasgow 13 14,152 17.4% 10.5%
Hopkinsville 14 32,507 17.5% 16.4%
Cynthiana 15 6,388 13.5% 9.9%
Ashland 16 21,551 18.8% 12.5%
Flatwoods 17 7,483 16.4% 8.7%
Maysville 18 8,951 14.3% 10.6%
Paducah 19 25,046 22.7% 8.8%
Somerset 20 11,311 15.8% 6.4%
Campbellsville 21 11,126 17.4% 11.0%
Frankfort 22 27,389 25.5% 11.4%
Murray 23 18,375 34.3% 13.5%
Shively 24 15,450 12.3% 8.8%
Madisonville 25 19,807 15.1% 7.5%
Henderson 26 28,840 16.7% 10.7%
Dayton 27 5,382 9.5% 9.8%
Owensboro 28 58,000 19.0% 7.9%
Newport 29 15,467 18.7% 13.1%
Danville 30 16,471 25.0% 10.1%
Bardstown 31 12,833 16.9% 18.0%
Bowling Green 32 60,660 26.4% 11.7%
Williamsburg 33 5,260 32.9% 8.4%
Paris 34 9,746 14.8% 10.4%
Hazard 35 5,453 27.1% 10.8%
Pikeville 36 7,313 36.5% 6.1%
Winchester 37 18,363 18.0% 11.1%
Covington 38 40,712 19.0% 12.1%
Oak Grove 39 7,522 14.1% 10.8%
Mount Sterling 40 7,030 23.1% 13.7%
Hillview 41 7,785 10.1% 11.2%
Berea 42 14,209 27.5% 7.2%
Morehead 43 6,896 35.8% 7.2%
Radcliff 44 22,939 18.5% 12.3%
Richmond 45 32,706 30.0% 10.6%
Highland Heights 46 7,152 31.6% 10.0%
Louisville 47 605,762 27.4% 10.2%
Elizabethtown 48 29,464 27.0% 8.5%
Vine Grove 49 5,296 27.7% 12.0%
Shelbyville 50 14,558 18.8% 7.2%
Georgetown 51 30,349 25.6% 8.2%
Shepherdsville 52 11,573 12.5% 8.8%
Nicholasville 53 28,483 21.2% 11.2%
La Grange 54 8,283 21.8% 8.9%
Lexington-Fayette 55 304,473 40.2% 8.0%
Florence 56 31,038 26.6% 6.6%
Erlanger 57 18,370 23.1% 8.6%
Douglass Hills 58 5,566 42.2% 5.8%
Versailles 59 8,908 22.3% 7.5%
Lawrenceburg 60 11,014 16.5% 6.8%
Bellevue 61 5,933 27.4% 7.9%
St. Matthews 62 17,686 49.9% 4.8%
Cold Spring 63 6,093 37.2% 3.6%
Elsmere 64 8,451 16.8% 7.3%
Lyndon 65 11,167 40.3% 5.1%
Wilmore 66 5,995 55.2% 4.2%
Fort Thomas 67 16,250 44.1% 6.3%
Fort Mitchell 68 8,209 45.0% 4.0%
Middletown 69 7,333 43.1% 4.6%
Mount Washington 70 11,956 19.2% 8.2%
Jeffersontown 71 26,862 35.9% 6.9%
Taylor Mill 72 6,682 27.8% 6.7%
Villa Hills 73 7,359 47.7% 9.1%
Edgewood 74 8,665 49.4% 5.1%
Fort Wright 75 5,726 46.3% 4.0%
Independence 76 25,638 29.1% 6.9%
Alexandria 77 8,654 30.1% 6.1%
Union 78 5,569 50.0% 4.1%