These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Missouri

We used science and data to determine the places in Missouri that are total couch potatoes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri” based on data:

  1. Caruthersville
  2. Charleston
  3. Poplar Bluff
  4. Cameron
  5. Clinton
  6. Kennett
  7. Lebanon
  8. West Plains
  9. Nevada
  10. Sullivan

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, Wildwood is the hardest-working place in MO.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Show Me 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 Missouri:

  • 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 128 places in Missouri over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 128 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 Missouri”. And, at the end of the day, Caruthersville 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. Caruthersville

Caruthersville - Laziest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,086College Educated: 12.2%
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%

2. Charleston

Charleston - Laziest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,905College Educated: 9.6%
Unemployment Rate: 22.2%

3. Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff - Laziest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,190College Educated: 16.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

4. Cameron

Cameron - Laziest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,008College Educated: 11.7%
Unemployment Rate: 13.0%

5. Clinton

Clinton - Laziest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,014College Educated: 15.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%

6. Kennett

Kennett - Laziest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,002College Educated: 14.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%

7. Lebanon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 14,595 College Educated: 13.7%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

8. West Plains

West Plains - Laziest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,176College Educated: 16.3%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

9. Nevada

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,318 College Educated: 12.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

10. Sullivan

Sullivan - Laziest Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,058 College Educated: 12.9%
Unemployment Rate: 18.5%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Caruthersville 1 6,086 12.2% 13.4%
Charleston 2 5,905 9.6% 22.2%
Poplar Bluff 3 17,190 16.1% 10.3%
Cameron 4 10,008 11.7% 13.0%
Clinton 5 9,014 15.0% 8.9%
Kennett 6 11,002 14.0% 10.8%
Lebanon 7 14,595 13.7% 10.2%
West Plains 8 12,176 16.3% 8.4%
Nevada 9 8,318 12.9% 6.5%
Sullivan 10 7,058 12.9% 18.5%
Aurora 11 7,475 11.8% 12.1%
Dexter 12 7,902 13.4% 10.1%
Park Hills 13 8,714 11.3% 7.5%
Carthage 14 14,281 16.6% 10.2%
Macon 15 5,476 20.3% 10.9%
Sedalia 16 21,429 15.8% 7.2%
Sikeston 17 16,642 18.2% 9.3%
Mexico 18 11,555 14.7% 9.7%
Farmington 19 17,213 16.5% 9.3%
Bonne Terre 20 7,025 7.3% 10.7%
St. Ann 21 12,988 15.3% 10.8%
Bowling Green 22 5,452 10.8% 5.1%
Branson 23 10,942 22.9% 10.2%
Fulton 24 12,791 19.7% 9.9%
Berkeley 25 9,120 12.4% 13.8%
Bolivar 26 10,443 22.4% 11.6%
Monett 27 8,935 18.9% 13.4%
Moberly 28 13,898 15.1% 8.3%
Jennings 29 14,730 12.7% 26.4%
Webb City 30 10,985 15.8% 7.9%
Marshfield 31 6,789 15.7% 10.4%
Hannibal 32 17,779 17.8% 7.8%
Richmond 33 5,702 14.5% 8.8%
De Soto 34 6,449 16.3% 9.6%
Springfield 35 162,333 26.6% 9.3%
Trenton 36 6,058 18.1% 4.3%
Chillicothe 37 8,528 18.8% 4.4%
Neosho 38 12,038 16.9% 5.5%
Rolla 39 19,808 34.0% 7.4%
Boonville 40 8,320 18.3% 8.2%
Bridgeton 41 11,654 29.0% 11.0%
Kirksville 42 17,578 31.7% 6.8%
St. John 43 6,486 17.2% 9.0%
Joplin 44 50,900 22.2% 8.9%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 45 10,823 14.2% 11.7%
Independence 46 117,160 17.5% 9.0%
Maplewood 47 7,987 41.3% 10.4%
St. Joseph 48 77,040 19.5% 9.0%
Harrisonville 49 10,019 18.9% 11.4%
Pacific 50 6,047 11.8% 9.0%
Perryville 51 8,280 16.7% 4.3%
Marshall 52 13,059 19.8% 6.9%
St. Louis 53 318,727 30.4% 14.1%
Warrenton 54 7,974 16.0% 10.4%
Cape Girardeau 55 38,665 32.7% 8.5%
Dellwood 56 5,010 13.8% 25.0%
Maryville 57 12,018 28.9% 9.0%
Waynesville 58 5,147 34.4% 18.4%
Savannah 59 5,101 20.5% 7.4%
Hazelwood 60 25,671 25.4% 11.1%
Ferguson 61 21,151 23.3% 12.3%
Jefferson City 62 43,184 33.2% 5.4%
Shrewsbury 63 6,217 52.2% 5.7%
Overland 64 16,043 16.6% 7.3%
Union 65 10,517 20.1% 10.5%
Odessa 66 5,237 12.2% 7.8%
Pevely 67 5,566 17.1% 10.7%
University City 68 35,226 52.6% 8.6%
Kansas City 69 465,005 31.6% 9.1%
Grandview 70 24,860 20.1% 10.0%
Festus 71 11,740 21.2% 10.2%
Gladstone 72 26,032 25.7% 8.1%
Washington 73 13,982 28.1% 5.1%
Jackson 74 14,221 25.0% 6.0%
Florissant 75 52,353 23.1% 9.2%
Excelsior Springs 76 11,391 13.5% 6.6%
Black Jack 77 6,924 28.8% 17.7%
Warrensburg 78 19,548 40.4% 7.1%
Republic 79 15,222 20.5% 6.3%
Raytown 80 29,520 23.6% 6.8%
Willard 81 5,395 21.0% 7.6%
Belton 82 23,197 21.2% 10.2%
Troy 83 11,015 20.2% 7.2%
Olivette 84 7,809 59.5% 6.8%
Clayton 85 15,912 79.6% 5.0%
St. Charles 86 66,900 34.9% 7.2%
Oak Grove 87 7,747 15.3% 7.0%
Arnold 88 21,020 20.2% 8.4%
Maryland Heights 89 27,420 40.0% 7.3%
Liberty 90 29,806 37.7% 8.8%
Columbia 91 113,155 55.9% 5.3%
Valley Park 92 6,980 36.4% 5.6%
Crestwood 93 11,934 45.5% 7.1%
Nixa 94 19,821 23.3% 6.4%
Ladue 95 8,549 83.0% 3.0%
Richmond Heights 96 8,526 67.5% 3.8%
Kirkwood 97 27,587 61.8% 3.2%
Weldon Spring 98 5,496 52.9% 0.5%
Chesterfield 99 47,651 64.0% 4.7%
Ozark 100 18,369 27.4% 6.0%
Sunset Hills 101 8,523 47.4% 3.5%
Carl Junction 102 7,511 36.9% 5.4%
Brentwood 103 8,048 65.8% 3.1%
Creve Coeur 104 17,841 70.1% 3.5%
Webster Groves 105 23,084 64.9% 4.4%
Pleasant Hill 106 8,173 22.9% 6.8%
Battlefield 107 5,759 37.5% 4.3%
Town and Country 108 10,890 72.9% 2.9%
Lake St. Louis 109 14,759 41.1% 6.5%
St. Peters 110 54,236 34.2% 6.4%
Blue Springs 111 53,053 30.3% 6.2%
Grain Valley 112 13,037 24.1% 5.6%
Raymore 113 19,576 30.1% 5.1%
Des Peres 114 8,443 70.0% 4.1%
Ellisville 115 9,162 47.3% 5.2%
Lee’s Summit 116 92,813 42.6% 5.4%
Glendale 117 5,926 77.6% 2.0%
Ballwin 118 30,478 53.6% 5.2%
Kearney 119 8,845 32.8% 5.1%
Manchester 120 18,125 54.3% 3.3%
O’Fallon 121 81,978 37.5% 5.0%
Greenwood 122 5,322 34.9% 5.5%
Eureka 123 10,375 38.7% 6.6%
Wentzville 124 31,591 30.9% 4.6%
Parkville 125 5,811 60.7% 4.6%
Smithville 126 8,791 27.6% 4.3%
Dardenne Prairie 127 12,116 47.6% 6.0%
Wildwood 128 35,701 65.8% 4.1%

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