These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts” based on data:

  1. Fall River
  2. Springfield
  3. North Adams
  4. Holyoke
  5. New Bedford
  6. Pittsfield
  7. Chicopee
  8. Gardner
  9. Lawrence
  10. Southbridge Town

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, Franklin Town is the hardest-working place in MA.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Bay 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 Massachusetts:

  • 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 53 places in Massachusetts over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 53 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 Massachusetts”. And, at the end of the day, Fall River 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. Fall River

Fall River - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,756College Educated: 13.8%
Unemployment Rate: 15.0%

2. Springfield

Springfield - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 153,836College Educated: 17.9%
Unemployment Rate: 15.4%

3. North Adams

North Adams - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,563College Educated: 21.1%
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%

4. Holyoke

Holyoke - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,079College Educated: 23.2%
Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

5. New Bedford

New Bedford - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,873College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.2%

6. Pittsfield

Pittsfield - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,226College Educated: 26.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%

7. Chicopee

Chicopee - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,603College Educated: 17.8%
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

8. Gardner

Gardner - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,279College Educated: 17.4%
Unemployment Rate: 11.3%

9. Lawrence

Lawrence - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,364College Educated: 11.9%
Unemployment Rate: 13.5%

10. Southbridge Town

Southbridge Town - Laziest Massachusetts

Source: Google Maps

Population: 16,775 College Educated: 17.4%
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Fall River 1 88,756 13.8% 15.0%
Springfield 2 153,836 17.9% 15.4%
North Adams 3 13,563 21.1% 11.7%
Holyoke 4 40,079 23.2% 14.4%
New Bedford 5 94,873 15.3% 12.2%
Pittsfield 6 44,226 26.0% 10.8%
Chicopee 7 55,603 17.8% 10.1%
Gardner 8 20,279 17.4% 11.3%
Lawrence 9 77,364 11.9% 13.5%
Southbridge Town 10 16,775 17.4% 10.4%
West Springfield Town 11 28,554 28.5% 10.5%
Fitchburg 12 40,419 20.6% 12.5%
Palmer Town 13 12,155 20.7% 10.6%
Worcester 14 182,511 30.1% 10.5%
Greenfield Town 15 17,484 27.1% 7.4%
Taunton 16 56,056 18.5% 10.4%
Lowell 17 108,491 21.6% 11.5%
Leominster 18 40,954 26.4% 10.1%
Barnstable Town 19 44,750 37.5% 7.7%
Lynn 20 91,289 19.3% 10.9%
Brockton 21 94,267 18.1% 13.6%
Gloucester 22 29,237 32.7% 10.0%
Agawam Town 23 28,626 27.8% 7.0%
Westfield 24 41,371 30.2% 9.5%
Easthampton Town 25 16,066 30.8% 6.1%
Salem 26 42,321 38.1% 9.5%
Chelsea 27 37,084 16.4% 11.2%
Peabody 28 51,868 28.8% 6.1%
Winthrop Town 29 17,992 35.2% 8.9%
Revere 30 53,258 19.0% 10.4%
Haverhill 31 61,769 28.7% 9.1%
Northampton 32 28,637 56.0% 7.8%
Methuen Town 33 48,159 28.7% 8.0%
Everett 34 42,758 16.1% 10.1%
Weymouth Town 35 54,815 32.0% 9.4%
Attleboro 36 43,774 30.2% 8.8%
Boston 37 639,594 44.6% 10.0%
Beverly 38 40,370 45.4% 7.0%
Woburn 39 38,826 35.3% 7.0%
Malden 40 60,309 31.7% 11.0%
Quincy 41 92,920 40.0% 9.4%
Marlborough 42 39,141 39.2% 6.9%
Newburyport 43 17,662 57.8% 8.7%
Waltham 44 61,908 48.4% 6.3%
Watertown Town 45 32,880 57.7% 7.7%
Braintree Town 46 36,543 37.0% 8.3%
Medford 47 56,981 45.0% 6.7%
Amesbury Town 48 16,554 41.9% 6.9%
Cambridge 49 106,844 74.7% 5.8%
Somerville 50 77,560 55.5% 6.5%
Newton 51 86,945 75.9% 5.7%
Melrose 52 27,509 50.5% 4.8%
Franklin Town 53 32,393 51.5% 6.9%