These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Maine

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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine” based on data:

  1. Waterville
  2. Lewiston
  3. Augusta
  4. Bath
  5. Presque Isle
  6. Caribou
  7. Bangor
  8. Belfast
  9. Auburn
  10. Westbrook

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, Saco is the hardest-working place in ME.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Pine Tree 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 Maine:

  • 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 19 places in Maine over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 19 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 Maine”. And, at the end of the day, Waterville 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. Waterville

Waterville - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886College Educated: 25.5%
Unemployment Rate: 16.4%

2. Lewiston

Lewiston - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,410College Educated: 15.7%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

3. Augusta

Augusta - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,898College Educated: 23.2%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

4. Bath

Bath - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,396College Educated: 31.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%

5. Presque Isle

Presque Isle - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,494College Educated: 19.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

6. Caribou

Caribou - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,025College Educated: 19.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

7. Bangor

Bangor - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,800College Educated: 28.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

8. Belfast

Belfast - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,664College Educated: 40.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.7%

9. Auburn

Auburn - Laziest Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,960College Educated: 24.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%

10. Westbrook

Westbrook - Laziest Maine

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,662College Educated: 26.7%
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Waterville 1 15,886 25.5% 16.4%
Lewiston 2 36,410 15.7% 10.2%
Augusta 3 18,898 23.2% 8.4%
Bath 4 8,396 31.0% 9.6%
Presque Isle 5 9,494 19.7% 5.2%
Caribou 6 8,025 19.2% 6.4%
Bangor 7 32,800 28.0% 8.1%
Belfast 8 6,664 40.0% 10.7%
Auburn 9 22,960 24.9% 8.6%
Westbrook 10 17,662 26.7% 8.2%
Old Town 11 7,756 26.8% 8.1%
Rockland 12 7,241 32.4% 4.3%
Biddeford 13 21,303 22.9% 6.3%
Ellsworth 14 7,804 31.1% 8.8%
Gardiner 15 5,737 20.2% 5.6%
Brewer 16 9,391 31.4% 6.4%
Portland 17 66,317 45.6% 6.9%
South Portland 18 25,154 40.2% 5.2%
Saco 19 18,757 31.2% 4.8%
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