These Are The 10 Laziest Places In New Jersey

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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey” based on data:

  1. Wildwood
  2. Salem
  3. Camden
  4. Atlantic City
  5. Penns Grove
  6. Paulsboro
  7. Trenton
  8. Millville
  9. Asbury Park
  10. Bellmawr

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, Glen Ridge is the hardest-working place in NJ.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Garden 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 New Jersey:

  • 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 191 places in New Jersey over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 191 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 New Jersey”. And, at the end of the day, Wildwood 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. Wildwood

Wildwood - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,255College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 16.9%

2. Salem

Salem - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,045College Educated: 10.9%
Unemployment Rate: 29.4%

3. Camden

Camden - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,294College Educated: 8.2%
Unemployment Rate: 22.0%

4. Atlantic City

Atlantic City - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,521College Educated: 15.6%
Unemployment Rate: 17.4%

5. Penns Grove

Penns Grove - Laziest New Jersey

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Population: 5,082College Educated: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 19.6%

6. Paulsboro

Paulsboro - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,041College Educated: 10.8%
Unemployment Rate: 20.5%

7. Trenton

Trenton - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,459College Educated: 10.7%
Unemployment Rate: 18.5%

8. Millville

Millville - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,603College Educated: 15.9%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%

9. Asbury Park

Asbury Park - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,933College Educated: 20.6%
Unemployment Rate: 15.2%

10. Bellmawr

Bellmawr - Laziest New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,538College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Wildwood 1 5,255 14.9% 16.9%
Salem 2 5,045 10.9% 29.4%
Camden 3 77,294 8.2% 22.0%
Atlantic City 4 39,521 15.6% 17.4%
Penns Grove 5 5,082 4.3% 19.6%
Paulsboro 6 6,041 10.8% 20.5%
Trenton 7 84,459 10.7% 18.5%
Millville 8 28,603 15.9% 15.5%
Asbury Park 9 15,933 20.6% 15.2%
Bellmawr 10 11,538 14.5% 12.3%
Paterson 11 146,341 10.7% 11.5%
Phillipsburg 12 14,717 15.8% 13.1%
Vineland 13 60,985 16.3% 11.7%
Burlington 14 9,865 18.5% 11.8%
Ventnor City 15 10,632 27.6% 13.2%
Pleasantville 16 20,436 10.5% 16.2%
Somerdale 17 5,246 18.1% 10.9%
Runnemede 18 8,435 18.3% 13.1%
Gloucester City 19 11,392 15.6% 10.6%
Bridgeton 20 25,252 5.9% 16.6%
Lindenwold 21 17,512 16.2% 12.7%
East Orange 22 64,538 16.2% 20.1%
Woodbury 23 10,098 26.6% 11.3%
Newton 24 7,999 23.1% 10.7%
Somers Point 25 10,783 23.0% 8.4%
Manville 26 10,426 13.7% 11.8%
Roselle 27 21,348 18.3% 15.4%
Palmyra 28 7,372 27.3% 11.9%
Absecon 29 8,400 28.8% 10.5%
Barrington 30 6,904 27.8% 11.0%
Passaic 31 70,651 14.3% 10.6%
Lodi 32 24,428 23.1% 9.7%
Belmar 33 5,760 43.7% 11.2%
Garfield 34 30,996 18.9% 9.4%
Margate City 35 6,343 43.0% 8.7%
Prospect Park 36 5,915 15.8% 13.0%
Hammonton 37 14,796 20.1% 9.3%
Newark 38 278,750 13.3% 19.1%
Stratford 39 6,997 27.0% 11.6%
Eato 40 12,323 33.7% 9.2%
Keansburg 41 10,011 17.4% 13.8%
Pitman 42 8,959 33.3% 8.8%
Wharton 43 6,586 18.1% 11.1%
Pine Hill 44 10,383 17.7% 9.4%
Brigantine 45 9,420 34.4% 8.9%
Linden 46 41,054 18.0% 11.9%
Perth Amboy 47 51,727 14.8% 6.2%
South Amboy 48 8,749 24.3% 8.8%
Rahway 49 27,994 26.0% 12.7%
Elizabeth 50 126,964 11.8% 12.2%
Jamesburg 51 5,963 20.7% 9.7%
Long Branch 52 30,590 28.3% 10.9%
Northfield 53 8,616 32.7% 8.8%
Clayton 54 8,225 20.0% 8.0%
Roselle Park 55 13,465 28.2% 14.8%
Audubon 56 8,763 31.1% 8.8%
Glassboro 57 18,798 30.4% 11.8%
Bloomingdale 58 7,808 27.4% 12.2%
New Brunswick 59 55,804 20.5% 10.9%
Red Bank 60 12,250 35.9% 10.4%
Caldwell 61 7,864 48.2% 10.9%
Carteret 62 23,770 22.8% 13.8%
Freehold 63 12,018 21.1% 8.0%
South River 64 16,177 22.0% 15.2%
Totowa 65 10,872 33.9% 11.9%
Washington 66 6,439 23.1% 9.0%
Wallington 67 11,487 24.9% 6.7%
Dover 68 18,298 13.7% 8.1%
Tinton Falls 69 17,933 41.4% 9.5%
Woodland Park 70 12,129 30.3% 8.1%
Kearny 71 41,538 21.0% 13.1%
Union Beach 72 6,040 16.5% 14.3%
Keyport 73 7,213 28.2% 6.7%
Oceanport 74 5,834 42.5% 12.4%
Wanaque 75 11,243 30.9% 14.5%
Linwood 76 7,071 45.0% 7.3%
Union City 77 68,001 17.4% 12.5%
Hasbrouck Heights 78 11,989 38.6% 8.8%
Haledon 79 8,397 28.1% 10.4%
Elmwood Park 80 19,921 26.1% 6.6%
Berlin 81 7,587 27.2% 11.4%
Kenilworth 82 8,045 26.6% 9.3%
Plainfield 83 50,423 18.2% 13.2%
Ocean City 84 11,520 46.8% 6.6%
Hackensack 85 43,903 32.5% 7.1%
Mount Arlington 86 5,140 38.5% 11.0%
Hawthorne 87 18,944 32.7% 8.7%
North Haledon 88 8,478 41.6% 10.6%
Spotswood 89 8,359 23.8% 6.6%
Somerville 90 12,175 36.0% 6.9%
Bayonne 91 64,763 30.6% 7.5%
Harrison 92 14,436 30.8% 11.2%
Ridgefield 93 11,191 37.5% 9.7%
Fairview 94 14,126 21.6% 10.2%
Point Pleasant 95 18,481 39.7% 8.8%
Carlstadt 96 6,189 31.4% 9.7%
Hackett 97 9,633 25.7% 8.9%
Lincoln Park 98 10,515 35.9% 6.8%
North Arlington 99 15,587 31.9% 7.2%
Rockaway 100 6,480 31.2% 6.2%
Haddon Heights 101 7,425 51.6% 8.5%
Cliffside Park 102 24,532 41.1% 9.0%
West New York 103 51,511 24.3% 13.3%
Park Ridge 104 8,763 53.3% 9.9%
Collingswood 105 13,929 42.3% 6.6%
Raritan 106 7,318 34.7% 6.3%
Boonton 107 8,424 45.7% 9.3%
West Long Branch 108 8,391 41.3% 7.1%
Hopatcong 109 14,921 30.5% 14.5%
East Rutherford 110 9,298 42.2% 5.8%
Secaucus 111 17,614 40.6% 8.1%
Clifton 112 85,138 30.4% 7.6%
Maywood 113 9,651 38.0% 7.1%
Middlesex 114 13,766 30.0% 7.8%
Pompton Lakes 115 11,162 32.7% 8.8%
Guttenberg 116 11,397 30.1% 10.6%
Bound Brook 117 10,607 19.7% 7.9%
Bogota 118 8,277 27.2% 9.3%
Highland Park 119 14,224 64.1% 8.6%
Fort Lee 120 36,048 54.1% 8.5%
Wood-Ridge 121 8,249 38.3% 6.7%
Beachwood 122 11,127 22.2% 7.2%
Roseland 123 5,835 57.1% 6.0%
Hight 124 5,557 37.7% 8.4%
Morris Plains 125 5,635 53.3% 7.8%
Mil 126 6,974 44.2% 12.4%
Mendham 127 5,008 66.5% 6.6%
Morri 128 18,580 46.3% 5.1%
New Milford 129 16,524 41.0% 7.1%
Jersey City 130 255,861 42.5% 10.4%
Old Tappan 131 5,835 55.2% 8.1%
Little Ferry 132 10,773 30.8% 6.7%
Butler 133 7,636 33.8% 7.1%
Madison 134 16,043 65.3% 7.4%
Sayreville 135 43,962 33.0% 8.5%
Matawan 136 8,759 36.4% 7.7%
North Plainfield 137 22,056 25.5% 7.5%
Westwood 138 11,056 46.8% 5.9%
Dunellen 139 7,317 24.5% 5.1%
Watchung 140 5,855 60.8% 2.0%
Midland Park 141 7,229 53.5% 2.8%
Haddonfield 142 11,521 73.1% 5.4%
Leonia 143 9,051 59.7% 6.9%
South Plainfield 144 23,686 37.4% 7.8%
Ridgefield Park 145 12,875 35.8% 6.1%
Palisades Park 146 20,066 39.0% 7.4%
Englewood 147 27,435 46.9% 6.7%
Englewood Cliffs 148 5,346 61.5% 5.5%
Fair Lawn 149 32,962 52.2% 8.1%
Manasquan 150 5,841 54.4% 4.6%
Emerson 151 7,538 45.0% 9.9%
Allendale 152 6,666 65.0% 9.3%
Oakland 153 12,914 49.6% 6.2%
Mountainside 154 6,765 59.4% 7.6%
Waldwick 155 9,808 49.4% 7.0%
Rutherford 156 18,297 49.9% 7.3%
Paramus 157 26,612 48.3% 6.4%
Bergenfield 158 27,157 36.8% 7.3%
New Providence 159 12,314 65.2% 5.5%
Dumont 160 17,706 39.8% 6.4%
Montvale 161 8,000 55.5% 6.5%
Hillsdale 162 10,381 52.9% 6.0%
Kinnelon 163 10,349 62.3% 10.1%
Closter 164 8,519 59.8% 9.7%
Florham Park 165 11,820 61.8% 5.7%
Cresskill 166 8,669 57.0% 5.1%
Summit 167 21,826 69.2% 6.2%
Princeton 168 28,940 80.9% 7.2%
Oradell 169 8,080 63.4% 7.4%
Woodcliff Lake 170 5,785 71.1% 5.8%
Rumson 171 7,045 69.0% 5.3%
Edgewater 172 11,969 72.2% 6.4%
Ringwood 173 12,320 42.1% 6.8%
Fair Haven 174 6,093 72.1% 6.0%
Franklin Lakes 175 10,726 66.0% 6.5%
Norwood 176 5,769 50.0% 5.8%
Ramsey 177 14,650 60.1% 5.4%
Fanwood 178 7,475 59.5% 8.2%
Little Silver 179 5,920 63.6% 3.3%
Westfield 180 30,647 66.4% 7.2%
Metuchen 181 13,707 60.8% 6.2%
Tenafly 182 14,672 74.1% 6.9%
Bernardsville 183 7,766 69.5% 5.0%
Upper Saddle River 184 8,304 72.2% 6.9%
River Edge 185 11,483 55.5% 4.5%
Ridgewood 186 25,270 74.9% 6.2%
Glen Rock 187 11,784 67.2% 6.7%
Hoboken 188 51,979 74.3% 4.1%
North Caldwell 189 6,407 68.1% 5.0%
Chatham 190 9,000 74.1% 4.0%
Glen Ridge 191 7,606 75.0% 5.3%

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