These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Michigan

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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan” based on data:

  1. Benton Harbor
  2. Muskegon Heights
  3. Muskegon
  4. Saginaw
  5. Flint
  6. Ecorse
  7. Escanaba
  8. Dowagiac
  9. Melvindale
  10. Ironwood

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, Grosse Pointe Park is the hardest-working place in MI.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Wolverine 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 Michigan:

  • 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 149 places in Michigan over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 149 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 Michigan”. And, at the end of the day, Benton Harbor 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. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,056College Educated: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 28.4%

2. Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights - Laziest Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,807College Educated: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 27.0%

3. Muskegon

Muskegon - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,822College Educated: 11.4%
Unemployment Rate: 22.0%

4. Saginaw

Saginaw - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,700College Educated: 11.4%
Unemployment Rate: 21.8%

5. Flint

Flint - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,569College Educated: 11.3%
Unemployment Rate: 26.3%

6. Ecorse

Ecorse - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,401College Educated: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 25.4%

7. Escanaba

Escanaba - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,529College Educated: 16.4%
Unemployment Rate: 14.3%

8. Dowagiac

Dowagiac - Laziest Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,822College Educated: 11.6%
Unemployment Rate: 15.3%

9. Melvindale

Melvindale - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,584College Educated: 9.6%
Unemployment Rate: 15.0%

10. Ironwood

Ironwood - Laziest Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,237College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 12.4%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Benton Harbor 1 10,056 4.5% 28.4%
Muskegon Heights 2 10,807 5.0% 27.0%
Muskegon 3 37,822 11.4% 22.0%
Saginaw 4 50,700 11.4% 21.8%
Flint 5 100,569 11.3% 26.3%
Ecorse 6 9,401 9.2% 25.4%
Escanaba 7 12,529 16.4% 14.3%
Dowagiac 8 5,822 11.6% 15.3%
Melvindale 9 10,584 9.6% 15.0%
Ironwood 10 5,237 14.5% 12.4%
Jackson 11 33,317 14.9% 18.0%
Niles 12 11,479 11.9% 13.9%
Port Huron 13 29,534 16.0% 17.8%
St. Louis 14 7,347 6.6% 12.8%
Pontiac 15 59,658 11.0% 21.0%
Menominee 16 8,516 16.1% 11.4%
Albion 17 8,416 18.4% 19.2%
Highland Park 18 10,951 10.8% 35.0%
Ludington 19 8,061 22.2% 13.3%
Cadillac 20 10,306 16.8% 11.9%
Alpena 21 10,336 17.5% 10.1%
Center Line 22 8,279 11.1% 12.9%
Inkster 23 25,056 10.4% 20.8%
Manistee 24 6,160 26.2% 12.7%
River Rouge 25 7,761 7.3% 26.4%
Three Rivers 26 7,765 11.9% 14.3%
Hazel Park 27 16,532 11.2% 16.8%
Hastings 28 7,313 14.1% 12.5%
Bay City 29 34,578 16.2% 13.5%
Springfield 30 5,231 11.7% 11.8%
Lincoln Park 31 37,648 8.2% 13.8%
Detroit 32 695,437 13.1% 27.1%
Alma 33 9,289 22.1% 15.2%
Sault Ste. Marie 34 14,121 21.1% 13.4%
Sturgis 35 10,923 16.3% 12.5%
Adrian 36 21,008 21.1% 15.8%
Taylor 37 62,331 9.6% 16.4%
Kingsford 38 5,115 20.1% 8.6%
Burton 39 29,429 15.0% 16.3%
Allegan 40 5,030 15.9% 8.4%
Battle Creek 41 51,963 21.3% 13.6%
Lapeer 42 8,801 15.5% 15.3%
Mount Clemens 43 16,345 17.9% 16.8%
Greenville 44 8,434 19.8% 13.5%
Hillsdale 45 8,222 16.9% 11.0%
Ionia 46 11,388 9.8% 16.6%
Swartz Creek 47 5,664 18.0% 12.6%
Zeeland 48 5,566 27.9% 10.2%
Owosso 49 14,922 14.1% 12.3%
Wayne 50 17,314 11.5% 14.5%
Davison 51 5,085 20.6% 12.3%
Lansing 52 114,382 25.1% 13.5%
Roseville 53 47,408 10.4% 13.3%
Iron Mountain 54 7,593 21.0% 5.2%
Charlotte 55 9,053 16.0% 11.5%
Coldwater 56 10,863 12.8% 10.3%
St. Johns 57 7,933 19.7% 9.0%
Eastpointe 58 32,526 13.4% 16.3%
Romulus 59 23,721 10.8% 16.5%
Big Rapids 60 10,543 31.6% 23.4%
Belding 61 5,764 10.6% 13.8%
Hamtramck 62 22,256 13.2% 19.6%
Eaton Rapids 63 5,221 14.9% 16.6%
Ishpeming 64 6,514 20.4% 5.4%
Warren 65 134,398 16.8% 13.2%
Dearborn Heights 66 57,063 20.6% 13.2%
Monroe 67 20,455 18.8% 9.8%
Grand Haven 68 10,687 31.8% 12.0%
Flushing 69 8,252 25.3% 12.8%
Riverview 70 12,347 21.9% 9.5%
Southfield 71 72,480 36.5% 13.5%
Norton Shores 72 23,941 28.5% 10.7%
Wyandotte 73 25,470 16.5% 10.9%
Southgate 74 29,710 16.3% 9.9%
Garden City 75 27,356 11.8% 11.4%
Mount Pleasant 76 26,095 40.8% 12.9%
Madison Heights 77 30,028 21.8% 12.2%
Petoskey 78 5,705 41.9% 8.4%
Trenton 79 18,635 25.9% 9.6%
Kalamazoo 80 75,190 33.1% 12.8%
Midland 81 42,067 42.2% 7.7%
Dearborn 82 96,739 29.2% 11.7%
Marshall 83 7,054 29.1% 7.7%
Marysville 84 9,842 24.4% 9.1%
Flat Rock 85 9,859 19.8% 12.5%
Marquette 86 21,430 35.8% 8.7%
Grand Blanc 87 8,147 41.0% 12.5%
Westland 88 83,188 17.7% 11.5%
Grand Rapids 89 190,739 30.7% 12.0%
Walled Lake 90 7,065 26.6% 10.5%
Oak Park 91 29,622 28.6% 14.2%
St. Clair 92 5,428 25.2% 10.5%
Allen Park 93 27,869 22.9% 10.0%
St. Clair Shores 94 59,865 23.7% 10.2%
Ypsilanti 95 19,844 36.0% 13.2%
Richmond 96 5,806 15.8% 9.4%
Houghton 97 7,897 51.1% 8.9%
Fraser 98 14,544 20.0% 10.7%
Holland 99 33,342 30.4% 8.6%
Wyoming 100 73,434 20.4% 9.4%
Grand Ledge 101 7,779 25.9% 7.0%
Traverse City 102 15,006 40.6% 8.0%
Holly 103 6,142 13.8% 12.7%
St. Joseph 104 8,310 41.0% 6.9%
Harper Woods 105 14,058 25.3% 12.8%
Chelsea 106 5,085 42.3% 5.7%
East Lansing 107 48,611 69.8% 8.7%
Portage 108 47,137 40.2% 8.2%
Hudsonville 109 7,217 25.7% 8.5%
Mason 110 8,266 25.5% 5.2%
Kentwood 111 49,736 33.1% 8.4%
Clawson 112 11,943 32.4% 9.6%
Walker 113 24,015 30.6% 6.9%
Fenton 114 11,601 27.5% 10.1%
Tecumseh 115 8,407 22.0% 7.6%
Woodhaven 116 12,747 23.1% 7.5%
Howell 117 9,543 22.1% 6.9%
Ferndale 118 20,102 41.0% 10.5%
Ann Arbor 119 115,985 70.9% 7.1%
Farmington 120 10,472 54.2% 7.3%
Plymouth 121 9,029 53.4% 6.2%
Sterling Heights 122 130,604 26.7% 10.2%
Grosse Pointe 123 5,350 70.2% 10.3%
Brighton 124 7,562 40.0% 4.9%
Auburn Hills 125 21,639 39.9% 9.9%
Northville 126 6,001 63.5% 9.1%
East Grand Rapids 127 10,999 76.4% 5.2%
Livonia 128 95,888 35.8% 7.6%
South Lyon 129 11,514 36.7% 7.0%
Berkley 130 15,136 47.2% 7.3%
Grandville 131 15,613 33.3% 6.3%
Farmington Hills 132 80,682 52.8% 5.9%
Rockford 133 5,876 38.5% 4.9%
Grosse Pointe Farms 134 9,371 70.1% 8.0%
Milan 135 5,724 29.6% 7.9%
Birmingham 136 20,382 77.4% 4.3%
Royal Oak 137 58,382 51.1% 5.8%
Milford 138 6,325 40.7% 10.6%
Saline 139 9,000 55.7% 5.3%
Grosse Pointe Woods 140 15,943 57.7% 7.8%
Wixom 141 13,640 40.8% 6.9%
Troy 142 82,106 57.7% 7.4%
Beverly Hills 143 10,368 68.9% 6.1%
Huntington Woods 144 6,310 79.4% 3.3%
Rochester Hills 145 72,195 52.4% 7.2%
Rochester 146 12,872 60.0% 6.0%
Novi 147 56,887 55.9% 6.0%
New Baltimore 148 12,144 25.9% 5.5%
Grosse Pointe Park 149 11,412 66.0% 5.7%