These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Maryland

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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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland” based on data:

  1. Cumberland
  2. Hagerstown
  3. Cambridge
  4. Frostburg
  5. Salisbury
  6. Aberdeen
  7. Baltimore
  8. Ocean City
  9. Elkton
  10. Cheste

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, Poolesville is the hardest-working place in MD.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Old Line 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 Maryland:

  • 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 41 places in Maryland over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 41 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 Maryland”. And, at the end of the day, Cumberland 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. Cumberland

Cumberland - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,557College Educated: 17.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.9%

2. Hagerstown

Hagerstown - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,295College Educated: 17.1%
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%

3. Cambridge

Cambridge - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,511College Educated: 19.3%
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%

4. Frostburg

Frostburg - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,802College Educated: 32.2%
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%

5. Salisbury

Salisbury - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,334College Educated: 27.8%
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%

6. Aberdeen

Aberdeen - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,137College Educated: 18.6%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

7. Baltimore

Baltimore - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 622,271College Educated: 27.7%
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%

8. Ocean City

Ocean City - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,093College Educated: 33.5%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

9. Elkton

Elkton - Laziest Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,673College Educated: 21.6%
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

10. Cheste

Cheste - Laziest Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,221 College Educated: 34.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Cumberland 1 20,557 17.3% 12.9%
Hagerstown 2 40,295 17.1% 13.9%
Cambridge 3 12,511 19.3% 14.2%
Frostburg 4 8,802 32.2% 11.8%
Salisbury 5 31,334 27.8% 10.6%
Aberdeen 6 15,137 18.6% 9.9%
Baltimore 7 622,271 27.7% 13.9%
Ocean City 8 7,093 33.5% 10.3%
Elkton 9 15,673 21.6% 10.1%
Cheste 10 5,221 34.7% 6.9%
Glenarden 11 6,145 27.1% 11.6%
Easton 12 16,541 30.0% 6.4%
Havre de Grace 13 13,360 35.8% 8.9%
District Heights 14 5,977 16.0% 15.2%
Bladensburg 15 9,371 13.4% 8.0%
Thurmont 16 6,333 28.6% 12.1%
Westminster 17 18,656 29.3% 5.6%
Fruitland 18 5,028 32.5% 5.4%
New Carrollton 19 12,412 21.2% 12.9%
Bel Air 20 10,240 37.8% 6.1%
Annapolis 21 38,599 45.7% 5.1%
Cheverly 22 6,307 44.7% 10.6%
Mount Rainier 23 8,277 27.5% 9.5%
Frederick 24 66,646 37.6% 7.1%
College Park 25 31,387 50.0% 10.7%
Brunswick 26 6,006 26.9% 6.3%
Greenbelt 27 23,612 41.9% 6.9%
La Plata 28 8,903 31.7% 4.0%
Taneytown 29 6,738 25.7% 5.0%
Hampstead 30 6,342 32.3% 2.8%
Riverdale Park 31 7,119 23.2% 10.1%
Walkersville 32 5,966 42.3% 4.7%
Laurel 33 25,673 39.4% 7.2%
Gaithersburg 34 63,491 51.6% 6.6%
Hyattsville 35 18,049 33.7% 6.8%
Chesapeake Beach 36 5,816 29.4% 7.7%
Rockville 37 63,402 62.3% 5.3%
Bowie 38 56,335 48.0% 7.7%
Takoma Park 39 17,307 52.8% 8.1%
Mount Airy 40 9,333 42.7% 5.1%
Poolesville 41 5,042 54.5% 4.1%