These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Minnesota

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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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota” based on data:

  1. Virginia
  2. International Falls
  3. Hibbing
  4. Chisholm
  5. Albert Lea
  6. Brainerd
  7. Little Falls
  8. Austin
  9. Waite Park
  10. Redwood Falls

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, St. Michael is the hardest-working place in MN.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The North Star 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 Minnesota:

  • 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 144 places in Minnesota over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 144 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 Minnesota”. And, at the end of the day, Virginia 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. Virginia

Virginia - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,671College Educated: 16.4%
Unemployment Rate: 12.7%

2. International Falls

International Falls - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,329College Educated: 19.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

3. Hibbing

Hibbing - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,330College Educated: 18.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%

4. Chisholm

Chisholm - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,001College Educated: 20.6%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

5. Albert Lea

Albert Lea - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,931College Educated: 15.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

6. Brainerd

Brainerd - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,521College Educated: 19.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%

7. Little Falls

Little Falls - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,291College Educated: 20.2%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

8. Austin

Austin - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,760College Educated: 19.2%
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%

9. Waite Park

Waite Park - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,391College Educated: 21.2%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

10. Redwood Falls

Redwood Falls - Laziest Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,174College Educated: 18.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Virginia 1 8,671 16.4% 12.7%
International Falls 2 6,329 19.0% 9.1%
Hibbing 3 16,330 18.0% 7.6%
Chisholm 4 5,001 20.6% 9.3%
Albert Lea 5 17,931 15.2% 6.4%
Brainerd 6 13,521 19.2% 10.8%
Little Falls 7 8,291 20.2% 8.4%
Austin 8 24,760 19.2% 7.8%
Waite Park 9 7,391 21.2% 9.1%
Redwood Falls 10 5,174 18.3% 5.8%
Alexandria 11 11,465 24.0% 6.6%
Willmar 12 19,626 20.0% 8.3%
Worthington 13 12,920 14.6% 9.8%
Bemidji 14 14,319 30.3% 9.9%
Fergus Falls 15 13,215 29.8% 6.9%
Grand Rapids 16 10,950 24.1% 5.4%
Fairmont 17 10,474 18.6% 5.1%
Cloquet 18 12,064 25.1% 7.1%
Faribault 19 23,460 19.1% 9.1%
Crookston 20 7,899 23.9% 7.6%
Spring Lake Park 21 6,503 19.5% 10.8%
Waseca 22 9,370 18.3% 5.9%
West St. Paul 23 19,690 27.7% 8.7%
North St. Paul 24 11,775 22.8% 12.0%
Red Wing 25 16,502 23.3% 7.2%
Duluth 26 86,239 32.7% 8.0%
Thief River Falls 27 8,662 15.1% 2.5%
Lake City 28 5,093 20.1% 5.2%
South St. Paul 29 20,368 23.1% 9.1%
Sauk Rapids 30 13,079 24.3% 9.1%
Columbia Heights 31 19,605 20.4% 9.6%
Owatonna 32 25,550 27.6% 6.7%
St. Cloud 33 66,038 28.4% 9.2%
Winona 34 27,526 31.8% 10.8%
Brooklyn Center 35 30,549 19.8% 8.9%
Litchfield 36 6,689 19.5% 5.3%
New Ulm 37 13,328 25.8% 4.5%
Anoka 38 17,202 20.6% 6.9%
Montevideo 39 5,283 19.0% 3.4%
Cambridge 40 8,223 18.7% 7.3%
Detroit Lakes 41 8,834 25.7% 4.2%
Baxter 42 7,710 28.2% 5.0%
Fridley 43 27,494 26.3% 8.9%
Hutchinson 44 13,983 22.4% 3.8%
St. Paul Park 45 5,327 19.7% 9.5%
New Hope 46 20,648 31.7% 7.3%
Hermantown 47 9,588 31.9% 5.7%
Little Canada 48 10,015 31.4% 7.4%
East Grand Forks 49 8,621 21.9% 2.2%
Zimmerman 50 5,268 17.9% 12.9%
Mankato 51 39,871 34.3% 6.4%
Mounds View 52 12,412 27.9% 7.8%
Robbinsdale 53 14,196 39.9% 7.7%
St. Anthony 54 8,501 43.4% 5.7%
St. Paul 55 291,728 38.6% 9.5%
Glencoe 56 5,575 19.8% 4.5%
Hopkins 57 17,909 40.5% 6.5%
Bloomington 58 85,136 39.7% 6.7%
Inver Grove Heights 59 34,258 33.2% 7.4%
Richfield 60 35,877 33.4% 7.7%
Hastings 61 22,355 26.7% 7.1%
Moorhead 62 39,053 34.0% 5.7%
Minneapolis 63 394,424 47.0% 9.0%
Morris 64 5,324 32.6% 3.3%
Coon Rapids 65 61,809 25.6% 7.9%
St. Francis 66 7,297 13.4% 7.6%
Maplewood 67 39,261 30.2% 6.0%
North Mankato 68 13,403 35.7% 5.0%
Edina 69 48,940 67.9% 5.1%
Marshall 70 13,609 33.1% 4.1%
New Brighton 71 21,899 44.7% 5.2%
St. Joseph 72 6,694 32.8% 5.7%
Oakdale 73 27,705 30.6% 6.5%
White Bear Lake 74 24,398 31.8% 4.4%
Rochester 75 109,252 42.2% 4.8%
Brooklyn Park 76 77,579 30.0% 7.7%
Roseville 77 34,554 46.5% 4.4%
Burnsville 78 61,059 35.6% 6.5%
Crystal 79 22,459 29.7% 4.7%
Arden Hills 80 9,700 55.8% 8.0%
Buffalo 81 15,710 22.6% 5.6%
St. Louis Park 82 46,466 54.5% 5.2%
Stewartville 83 5,990 25.0% 3.1%
North Branch 84 10,099 19.8% 5.9%
Minnetonka 85 50,897 55.7% 5.4%
Falcon Heights 86 5,439 68.4% 5.0%
Mendota Heights 87 11,131 61.8% 5.2%
Kasson 88 6,017 26.7% 2.5%
Golden Valley 89 20,683 52.4% 5.0%
Corcoran 90 5,482 30.6% 8.3%
East Bethel 91 11,614 19.7% 7.5%
Medina 92 5,163 59.2% 6.6%
Stillwater 93 18,541 44.3% 5.3%
Blaine 94 59,295 32.0% 6.6%
Forest Lake 95 18,933 28.4% 6.3%
St. Peter 96 11,403 35.5% 3.8%
Northfield 97 20,303 47.9% 5.7%
Belle Plaine 98 6,794 28.3% 6.4%
Oak Grove 99 8,145 20.2% 6.4%
Plymouth 100 72,868 57.3% 5.3%
Big Lake 101 10,230 22.6% 6.7%
Apple Valley 102 49,911 44.4% 5.8%
Shoreview 103 25,673 53.5% 4.6%
Isanti 104 5,396 16.1% 3.5%
Eden Prairie 105 62,096 60.7% 5.1%
Vadnais Heights 106 12,770 40.1% 3.6%
Ham Lake 107 15,565 31.7% 7.1%
Ramsey 108 24,441 27.9% 6.3%
Cottage Grove 109 35,169 31.2% 5.3%
Albertville 110 7,159 36.6% 7.9%
Monticello 111 12,974 28.3% 4.9%
Elk River 112 23,346 30.4% 5.4%
Shakopee 113 38,613 38.5% 5.9%
Mahtomedi 114 7,923 50.5% 4.6%
Eagan 115 65,053 50.4% 5.2%
Orono 116 7,690 60.9% 4.2%
Sartell 117 16,123 40.8% 3.6%
Byron 118 5,023 33.6% 2.5%
Lake Elmo 119 8,123 46.9% 5.1%
Maple Grove 120 64,364 49.4% 5.5%
Wyoming 121 7,764 26.2% 4.4%
Chanhassen 122 24,003 60.7% 4.8%
Otsego 123 14,257 28.9% 5.0%
Lino Lakes 124 20,671 39.4% 5.6%
Jordan 125 5,784 32.1% 4.1%
Mound 126 9,205 40.2% 4.5%
Prior Lake 127 23,956 43.3% 4.9%
Savage 128 28,055 42.6% 5.4%
Woodbury 129 64,544 57.2% 4.7%
Chaska 130 24,238 42.2% 4.0%
Waconia 131 11,230 43.2% 3.6%
Andover 132 31,271 32.7% 5.2%
Delano 133 5,598 40.3% 4.9%
Lakeville 134 57,715 46.3% 4.3%
New Prague 135 7,434 34.4% 3.3%
Rosemount 136 22,469 42.5% 4.0%
Farmington 137 21,861 34.0% 4.3%
Shorewood 138 7,438 63.1% 2.9%
Champlin 139 23,591 34.6% 3.6%
Minnetrista 140 6,661 52.3% 3.8%
Rogers 141 11,747 36.0% 3.7%
Victoria 142 7,845 61.6% 4.7%
Hugo 143 13,850 37.7% 3.7%
St. Michael 144 16,767 34.3% 4.1%