These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Louisiana

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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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana” based on data:

  1. Bogalusa
  2. Tallulah
  3. Springhill
  4. Opelousas
  5. Ville Platte
  6. Mansfield
  7. Richwood
  8. Bastrop
  9. Crowley
  10. Franklin

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, Zachary is the hardest-working place in LA.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Pelican 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 Louisiana:

  • 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 64 places in Louisiana over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 64 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 Louisiana”. And, at the end of the day, Bogalusa 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. Bogalusa

Bogalusa - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,071College Educated: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 23.5%

2. Tallulah

Tallulah - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,267College Educated: 12.8%
Unemployment Rate: 22.0%

3. Springhill

Springhill - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,239College Educated: 17.8%
Unemployment Rate: 18.2%

4. Opelousas

Opelousas - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,668College Educated: 11.8%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

5. Ville Platte

Ville Platte - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,336College Educated: 9.6%
Unemployment Rate: 13.6%

6. Mansfield

Mansfield - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,012College Educated: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 16.0%

7. Richwood

Richwood - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,846 College Educated: 3.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

8. Bastrop

Bastrop - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,075College Educated: 11.9%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%

9. Crowley

Crowley - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,219College Educated: 10.4%
Unemployment Rate: 16.7%

10. Franklin

Franklin - Laziest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,483College Educated: 11.6%
Unemployment Rate: 20.1%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Bogalusa 1 12,071 10.0% 23.5%
Tallulah 2 7,267 12.8% 22.0%
Springhill 3 5,239 17.8% 18.2%
Opelousas 4 16,668 11.8% 10.5%
Ville Platte 5 7,336 9.6% 13.6%
Mansfield 6 5,012 12.6% 16.0%
Richwood 7 5,846 3.1% 6.0%
Bastrop 8 11,075 11.9% 15.5%
Crowley 9 13,219 10.4% 16.7%
Franklin 10 7,483 11.6% 20.1%
Westwego 11 8,531 8.0% 16.4%
Marksville 12 5,635 11.0% 7.2%
Minden 13 12,988 14.3% 13.4%
Jeanerette 14 5,547 8.1% 19.2%
Abbeville 15 12,341 9.3% 14.7%
Eunice 16 10,325 9.8% 7.1%
Alexandria 17 47,983 20.0% 11.4%
Natchitoches 18 18,460 24.7% 13.7%
Monroe 19 49,455 27.1% 12.1%
Morgan City 20 12,153 14.6% 8.8%
Sulphur 21 20,275 21.0% 8.5%
Lake Charles 22 73,503 23.6% 11.1%
Oakdale 23 7,741 10.3% 5.8%
Jennings 24 10,265 13.6% 11.1%
Breaux Bridge 25 8,232 15.5% 13.1%
New Iberia 26 30,750 15.9% 11.4%
West Monroe 27 13,073 18.9% 7.1%
Pineville 28 14,486 23.4% 8.6%
Leesville 29 6,656 16.7% 10.0%
Port Allen 30 5,150 18.0% 6.3%
Grambling 31 5,015 32.4% 23.2%
Plaquemine 32 7,055 13.7% 4.4%
Ruston 33 22,149 44.4% 13.3%
Gretna 34 17,801 17.4% 9.8%
St. Martinville 35 6,109 14.7% 7.5%
Shreveport 36 200,692 25.3% 8.3%
Rayne 37 7,984 8.6% 6.2%
St. Gabriel 38 6,796 12.1% 10.1%
Donaldsonville 39 7,507 13.6% 9.8%
Patterson 40 6,100 10.7% 8.4%
Gonzales 41 10,137 17.2% 9.1%
New Orleans 42 368,471 34.4% 11.6%
Baton Rouge 43 229,353 32.7% 10.0%
Denham Springs 44 10,148 13.0% 10.8%
Thibodaux 45 14,570 23.5% 7.3%
Houma 46 33,807 16.1% 7.4%
DeRidder 47 10,846 21.6% 8.0%
Hammond 48 20,207 28.7% 15.6%
Ponchatoula 49 6,751 20.0% 7.3%
Carencro 50 8,084 15.3% 8.3%
Bossier City 51 64,895 26.1% 6.4%
Baker 52 13,838 17.9% 9.3%
Kenner 53 66,926 22.4% 8.6%
Lafayette 54 123,528 33.3% 6.4%
Slidell 55 27,372 23.2% 9.5%
Harahan 56 9,324 27.9% 2.7%
Walker 57 6,176 20.3% 13.4%
Covington 58 9,151 32.9% 5.0%
Broussard 59 9,041 27.0% 3.6%
Scott 60 8,775 19.4% 6.0%
Mandeville 61 12,102 44.7% 6.9%
Central 62 27,505 20.2% 5.0%
Youngsville 63 9,358 35.4% 6.1%
Zachary 64 15,579 33.9% 4.6%

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