These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Nebraska

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska” based on data:

  1. Mccook
  2. North Platte
  3. Alliance
  4. Scottsbluff
  5. South Sioux City
  6. Nebraska City
  7. Crete
  8. Schuyler
  9. Beatrice
  10. Hastings

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, Gretna is the hardest-working place in NE.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Cornhusker 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 Nebraska:

  • 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 32 places in Nebraska over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 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 Nebraska”. And, at the end of the day, Mccook 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. Mccook

Mccook - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,670College Educated: 17.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

2. North Platte

North Platte - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,532College Educated: 19.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

3. Alliance

Alliance - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,501College Educated: 15.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

4. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,998College Educated: 22.5%
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

5. South Sioux City

South Sioux City - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,375College Educated: 10.7%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

6. Nebraska City

Nebraska City - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,279College Educated: 19.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

7. Crete

Crete - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,055College Educated: 14.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

8. Schuyler

Schuyler - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,195College Educated: 8.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.7%

9. Beatrice

Beatrice - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,183College Educated: 21.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

10. Hastings

Hastings - Laziest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,030College Educated: 21.7%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
McCook 1 7,670 17.6% 5.9%
North Platte 2 24,532 19.2% 5.4%
Alliance 3 8,501 15.4% 5.3%
Scottsbluff 4 14,998 22.5% 9.0%
South Sioux City 5 13,375 10.7% 9.3%
Nebraska City 6 7,279 19.8% 6.6%
Crete 7 7,055 14.4% 7.2%
Schuyler 8 6,195 8.1% 10.7%
Beatrice 9 12,183 21.5% 5.2%
Hastings 10 25,030 21.7% 7.3%
Grand Island 11 50,059 17.2% 7.0%
Lexington 12 10,189 9.5% 8.5%
Fremont 13 26,483 19.5% 6.0%
Columbus 14 22,436 21.9% 5.8%
Norfolk 15 24,364 22.3% 4.4%
York 16 7,878 25.6% 2.5%
Gering 17 8,463 20.4% 4.1%
Holdrege 18 5,506 25.5% 1.4%
Omaha 19 435,454 33.8% 7.3%
Sidney 20 6,801 25.9% 2.3%
Bellevue 21 52,690 28.1% 7.9%
Kearney 22 31,759 35.9% 4.5%
Plattsmouth 23 6,473 17.1% 4.0%
Chadron 24 5,829 42.6% 3.1%
Wayne 25 5,578 47.0% 6.4%
Ralston 26 6,826 25.1% 5.0%
Lincoln 27 265,811 36.2% 6.3%
Seward 28 7,050 29.8% 3.7%
Blair 29 7,990 29.8% 2.0%
Papillion 30 21,100 39.2% 4.4%
La Vista 31 17,125 33.8% 4.2%
Gretna 32 5,416 35.9% 3.5%

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