These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Mississippi

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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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi” based on data:

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Greenwood
  3. Booneville
  4. Yazoo City
  5. Clarksdale
  6. West Point
  7. Moss Point
  8. Holly Springs
  9. Greenville
  10. Natchez

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, Byram is the hardest-working place in MS.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Magnolia 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 Mississippi:

  • 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 61 places in Mississippi over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 61 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 Mississippi”. And, at the end of the day, Aberdeen 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. Aberdeen

Aberdeen - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,492College Educated: 16.5%
Unemployment Rate: 21.9%

2. Greenwood

Greenwood - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,873College Educated: 19.2%
Unemployment Rate: 16.7%

3. Booneville

Booneville - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,775 College Educated: 16.2%
Unemployment Rate: 16.4%

4. Yazoo City

Yazoo City - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,462College Educated: 13.0%
Unemployment Rate: 31.0%

5. Clarksdale

Clarksdale - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,497College Educated: 19.5%
Unemployment Rate: 16.6%

6. West Point

West Point - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,200College Educated: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 20.0%

7. Moss Point

Moss Point - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,690College Educated: 13.9%
Unemployment Rate: 16.7%

8. Holly Springs

Holly Springs - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,585College Educated: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 16.4%

9. Greenville

Greenville - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,518College Educated: 20.0%
Unemployment Rate: 22.9%

10. Natchez

Natchez - Laziest Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,563College Educated: 21.9%
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Aberdeen 1 5,492 16.5% 21.9%
Greenwood 2 15,873 19.2% 16.7%
Booneville 3 8,775 16.2% 16.4%
Yazoo City 4 11,462 13.0% 31.0%
Clarksdale 5 17,497 19.5% 16.6%
West Point 6 11,200 19.1% 20.0%
Moss Point 7 13,690 13.9% 16.7%
Holly Springs 8 7,585 12.6% 16.4%
Greenville 9 33,518 20.0% 22.9%
Natchez 10 15,563 21.9% 11.1%
Corinth 11 14,797 21.3% 12.4%
Columbus 12 23,483 21.1% 17.6%
Forest 13 5,719 15.7% 11.4%
Laurel 14 18,720 16.7% 11.5%
Kosciusko 15 7,302 21.2% 15.9%
Indianola 16 10,426 20.2% 19.4%
Grenada 17 12,951 16.2% 10.0%
Vicksburg 18 23,559 22.7% 11.1%
Amory 19 7,197 18.1% 14.8%
Ripley 20 5,349 14.1% 8.7%
Waveland 21 6,463 11.6% 18.3%
Meridian 22 40,809 21.5% 12.8%
Pascagoula 23 22,239 18.3% 10.8%
Columbia 24 6,446 13.0% 13.1%
Cleveland 25 12,318 29.1% 13.5%
Brookhaven 26 12,499 19.5% 10.0%
Louisville 27 6,498 22.7% 23.0%
Hattiesburg 28 46,629 32.2% 14.3%
D’Iberville 29 10,161 15.7% 7.0%
McComb 30 12,771 17.3% 10.0%
Gulfport 31 69,913 20.1% 11.7%
Picayune 32 10,838 18.7% 10.3%
Philadelphia 33 7,446 19.0% 11.3%
Starkville 34 24,457 47.6% 12.1%
Batesville 35 7,436 30.9% 7.0%
New Albany 36 8,291 20.8% 12.0%
Jackson 37 173,631 26.0% 12.6%
Tupelo 38 35,345 28.5% 7.8%
Oxford 39 20,200 50.5% 8.9%
Pearl 40 26,105 19.1% 9.0%
Horn Lake 41 26,486 11.9% 10.5%
Canton 42 13,321 20.8% 8.0%
Biloxi 43 44,527 23.8% 9.8%
Senatobia 44 8,063 25.8% 9.0%
Pontotoc 45 5,754 19.0% 1.9%
Gautier 46 18,581 21.2% 10.4%
Bay St. Louis 47 10,313 32.5% 8.4%
Long Beach 48 15,224 26.5% 9.6%
Richland 49 7,012 15.7% 4.6%
Petal 50 10,675 29.2% 8.2%
Ridgeland 51 24,209 49.5% 4.5%
Ocean Springs 52 17,446 36.4% 6.7%
Southaven 53 50,389 21.0% 6.8%
Clinton 54 25,486 41.5% 4.7%
Diamondhead 55 8,275 43.5% 4.1%
Hernando 56 14,723 26.8% 7.2%
Flowood 57 8,218 42.4% 6.1%
Olive Branch 58 34,543 26.7% 8.2%
Brandon 59 22,616 38.0% 5.5%
Madison 60 24,871 64.4% 4.6%
Byram 61 11,609 31.2% 6.4%