These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Montana

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana” based on data:

  1. Kalispell
  2. Butte-Silver Bow
  3. Miles City
  4. Great Falls
  5. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
  6. Missoula
  7. Sidney
  8. Helena
  9. Havre
  10. Glendive

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, Belgrade is the hardest-working place in MT.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Treasure 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 Montana:

  • 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 17 places in Montana over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 17 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 Montana”. And, at the end of the day, Kalispell 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.

1. Kalispell

Kalispell - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,629College Educated: 27.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%

2. Butte-Silver Bow

Butte-Silver Bow - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,481College Educated: 23.6%
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%

3. Miles City

Miles City - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,553College Educated: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

4. Great Falls

Great Falls - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,017College Educated: 25.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

5. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,243College Educated: 18.6%
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

6. Missoula

Missoula - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,377College Educated: 45.7%
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%

7. Sidney

Sidney - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,888College Educated: 14.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

8. Helena

Helena - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,142College Educated: 44.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

9. Havre

Havre - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,668College Educated: 26.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

10. Glendive

Glendive - Laziest Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,167College Educated: 17.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Kalispell 1 20,629 27.9% 8.7%
Butte-Silver Bow 2 33,481 23.6% 7.0%
Miles City 3 8,553 18.4% 4.4%
Great Falls 4 59,017 25.5% 5.6%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 5 9,243 18.6% 7.4%
Missoula 6 68,377 45.7% 9.2%
Sidney 7 5,888 14.8% 3.3%
Helena 8 29,142 44.8% 5.1%
Havre 9 9,668 26.8% 3.3%
Glendive 10 5,167 17.0% 3.2%
Lewistown 11 5,879 31.3% 2.7%
Whitefish 12 6,542 46.0% 7.8%
Bozeman 13 39,123 54.4% 8.1%
Billings 14 106,979 30.5% 4.4%
Livingston 15 7,086 30.5% 6.4%
Laurel 16 6,887 18.5% 3.0%
Belgrade 17 7,625 28.3% 3.2%
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