These Are The 10 Laziest Places In New York

We used science and data to determine the places in New York 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 New York 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 York 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 York” based on data:

  1. Salamanca
  2. Gloversville
  3. Massena
  4. Jamestown
  5. Niagara Falls
  6. Utica
  7. Dunkirk
  8. Fulton
  9. Elmira
  10. Medina

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, Kings Point is the hardest-working place in NY.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Empire 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 York:

  • 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 170 places in New York over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 170 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 York”. And, at the end of the day, Salamanca 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. Salamanca

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,717
College Educated: 12.1%
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%

2. Gloversville

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,395
College Educated: 13.7%
Unemployment Rate: 14.7%

3. Massena

Massena - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,937
College Educated: 20.2%
Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

4. Jamestown

Jamestown - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,799
College Educated: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

5. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,679
College Educated: 16.5%
Unemployment Rate: 11.6%

6. Utica

Utica - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,852
College Educated: 16.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.9%

7. Dunkirk

Dunkirk - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,386
College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

8. Fulton

Fulton - Laziest New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,786
College Educated: 15.5%
Unemployment Rate: 15.7%

9. Elmira

Elmira - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,046
College Educated: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%

10. Medina

Medina - Laziest New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,962
College Educated: 22.8%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Salamanca 1 5,717 12.1% 14.1%
Gloversville 2 15,395 13.7% 14.7%
Massena 3 10,937 20.2% 14.4%
Jamestown 4 30,799 18.4% 12.3%
Niagara Falls 5 49,679 16.5% 11.6%
Utica 6 61,852 16.6% 12.9%
Dunkirk 7 12,386 16.8% 9.9%
Fulton 8 11,786 15.5% 15.7%
Elmira 9 29,046 14.1% 9.2%
Medina 10 5,962 22.8% 15.5%
Ogdensburg 11 11,029 17.5% 9.3%
Amsterdam 12 18,348 15.0% 13.2%
Newark 13 9,019 15.9% 11.2%
Hornell 14 8,508 17.5% 10.1%
Albion 15 5,799 9.4% 12.5%
Endicott 16 13,216 19.3% 12.4%
Auburn 17 27,369 17.7% 11.0%
Binghamton 18 46,771 23.0% 11.4%
Lackawanna 19 18,037 16.9% 11.9%
Bath 20 5,747 16.1% 7.8%
Norwich 21 7,080 23.2% 9.5%
Monticello 22 6,780 15.6% 17.9%
Herkimer 23 7,752 20.0% 10.4%
Watertown 24 27,590 21.5% 11.4%
Johnson City 25 14,977 22.0% 8.4%
Rochester 26 210,461 24.4% 13.9%
Buffalo 27 259,959 24.7% 12.5%
Syracuse 28 144,648 26.0% 12.5%
Ilion 29 7,968 24.5% 11.6%
Johnstown 30 8,552 17.3% 9.1%
Lockport 31 20,957 20.8% 9.3%
Oswego 32 18,119 25.4% 9.1%
Penn Yan 33 5,011 21.0% 7.4%
New Square 34 7,328 3.9% 11.8%
Malone 35 5,866 15.5% 6.6%
Hudson Falls 36 7,266 13.3% 12.6%
North Syracuse 37 6,659 22.3% 8.9%
Olean 38 14,232 26.2% 9.3%
Cohoes 39 16,195 18.3% 9.6%
Port Jervis 40 8,736 17.4% 10.3%
Rensselaer 41 9,476 22.8% 12.2%
Hudson 42 6,658 23.2% 11.5%
Saranac Lake 43 6,055 31.0% 8.9%
Troy 44 49,965 25.4% 12.1%
Batavia 45 15,274 21.3% 7.5%
Tonawanda 46 15,048 22.0% 8.8%
Watervliet 47 10,250 19.0% 7.7%
Plattsburgh 48 19,840 29.6% 7.2%
Schenectady 49 66,055 20.1% 12.0%
Rome 50 33,161 19.5% 6.6%
Poughkeepsie 51 30,716 24.0% 14.5%
Kingston 52 23,707 21.6% 9.5%
Depew 53 15,262 19.0% 7.1%
Kiryas Joel 54 21,201 7.5% 6.5%
Corning 55 11,108 33.6% 7.7%
Newburgh 56 28,614 11.2% 11.5%
Solvay 57 6,514 19.8% 6.9%
Oneida 58 11,290 23.1% 7.0%
Glens Falls 59 14,574 26.6% 8.8%
East Rochester 60 6,687 27.2% 8.8%
North Tonawanda 61 31,245 25.0% 7.7%
Mechanicville 62 5,207 16.9% 7.4%
Cortland 63 19,218 23.9% 7.5%
Albany 64 98,287 36.3% 8.9%
Lancaster 65 10,314 24.1% 9.9%
Webster 66 5,528 34.4% 6.3%
Canandaigua 67 10,532 35.8% 8.4%
Middletown 68 27,904 18.4% 11.0%
Horseheads 69 6,593 27.4% 3.7%
Baldwinsville 70 7,655 32.0% 6.8%
Ballston Spa 71 5,298 33.8% 10.3%
Waterloo 72 5,178 18.6% 3.4%
Canton 73 6,600 44.0% 11.8%
Spring Valley 74 32,007 17.4% 13.5%
Geneva 75 13,202 27.9% 6.3%
Fairport 76 5,364 50.1% 9.3%
Mount Vernon 77 67,962 27.3% 13.4%
Colonie 78 7,869 33.4% 6.2%
Kenmore 79 15,334 33.5% 5.8%
Oneonta 80 13,906 44.0% 9.0%
Scotia 81 7,742 25.5% 6.5%
Warwick 82 6,783 37.7% 9.1%
Potsdam 83 9,577 53.1% 10.7%
Fredonia 84 10,988 40.7% 5.8%
Peekskill 85 23,875 26.2% 12.9%
Yonkers 86 198,654 30.7% 9.5%
Mastic Beach 87 14,880 13.1% 11.0%
Saratoga Springs 88 26,998 49.6% 7.5%
Walden 89 6,919 21.6% 9.6%
Hempstead 90 54,801 15.9% 10.8%
Ithaca 91 30,399 64.3% 7.1%
Beacon 92 14,437 30.5% 11.5%
Great Neck Plaza 93 6,823 59.9% 9.8%
Hamburg 94 9,482 40.3% 5.9%
Haverstraw 95 12,060 22.4% 9.2%
Hilton 96 5,954 19.4% 6.3%
Williamsville 97 5,286 57.1% 6.0%
Port Chester 98 29,275 21.4% 7.7%
Brockport 99 8,398 35.1% 7.0%
Freeport 100 43,168 24.1% 9.7%
New Paltz 101 6,945 60.9% 12.4%
Geneseo 102 8,043 47.9% 8.1%
West Haverstraw 103 10,308 19.6% 8.2%
Sleepy Hollow 104 10,002 40.6% 8.8%
Suffern 105 10,864 42.1% 8.4%
Wappingers Falls 106 5,377 18.1% 4.6%
New York 107 8,354,889 35.0% 10.3%
Ossining 108 25,232 30.7% 8.9%
New Rochelle 109 78,476 41.0% 8.3%
Tarr 110 11,423 57.1% 8.9%
East Aurora 111 6,255 47.8% 3.8%
Nyack 112 6,857 51.2% 5.3%
Chittenango 113 5,052 32.5% 2.4%
Tuckahoe 114 6,559 51.2% 8.2%
Mamaroneck 115 19,133 50.9% 8.4%
Patchogue 116 12,045 28.3% 5.1%
Glen Cove 117 27,161 34.9% 5.9%
Farmingdale 118 8,306 35.6% 6.0%
Manorhaven 119 6,638 47.8% 10.6%
Great Neck 120 10,052 55.1% 10.2%
Pleasantville 121 7,090 60.9% 9.1%
Lynbrook 122 19,517 40.0% 9.1%
Goshen 123 5,417 41.6% 6.4%
Amityville 124 9,551 36.6% 5.8%
Mount Kisco 125 11,016 42.7% 7.9%
White Plains 126 57,505 47.7% 6.9%
Rye Brook 127 9,456 64.8% 9.8%
Port Jefferson 128 7,789 61.6% 6.9%
Valley Stream 129 37,764 32.6% 10.3%
Lindenhurst 130 27,303 23.9% 6.4%
East Rockaway 131 9,861 42.6% 6.5%
Williston Park 132 7,319 48.4% 7.5%
Massapequa Park 133 17,137 37.2% 8.4%
Mineola 134 18,918 37.9% 4.6%
Harrison 135 27,822 50.0% 7.0%
North Hills 136 5,122 64.2% 1.6%
Washingtonville 137 5,837 27.6% 6.3%
Babylon 138 12,177 41.7% 6.6%
New Hempstead 139 5,240 44.7% 9.5%
Bronxville 140 6,378 80.2% 8.6%
Malverne 141 8,544 48.7% 8.1%
Westbury 142 15,201 35.5% 5.0%
Cedarhurst 143 6,631 44.0% 8.1%
Northport 144 7,417 64.1% 7.4%
Airmont 145 8,770 44.7% 4.4%
Rockville Centre 146 24,128 59.5% 6.6%
Croton-on-Hudson 147 8,168 60.4% 8.6%
Long Beach 148 33,522 45.1% 6.2%
Wesley Hills 149 5,779 58.3% 7.5%
New Hyde Park 150 9,764 40.0% 6.8%
Hastings-on-Hudson 151 7,905 68.8% 6.6%
Rye 152 15,892 73.9% 5.9%
Floral Park 153 16,190 44.8% 6.5%
Dobbs Ferry 154 11,001 58.0% 6.3%
Sea Cliff 155 5,012 64.4% 4.2%
Lake Grove 156 11,235 35.7% 5.0%
Chestnut Ridge 157 8,035 47.0% 6.1%
Bayville 158 6,724 43.5% 2.6%
Monroe 159 8,493 41.4% 6.3%
Woodbury 160 10,638 43.9% 6.7%
Garden City 161 22,543 67.1% 5.5%
East Hills 162 7,025 76.8% 5.0%
Irvington 163 6,506 70.1% 4.3%
Briarcliff Manor 164 7,783 72.3% 4.4%
Larchmont 165 5,952 83.8% 6.3%
Pelham 166 6,984 56.3% 4.5%
Lawrence 167 6,511 75.9% 2.4%
Scarsdale 168 17,471 86.7% 5.5%
Pelham Manor 169 5,539 73.1% 2.5%
Kings Point 170 5,076 56.7% 3.8%

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