These Are The 10 Laziest Places In North Carolina

We used science and data to determine the places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina” based on data:

  1. Forest City
  2. Williamston
  3. Henderson
  4. Whiteville
  5. Hamlet
  6. Kinston
  7. Roxboro
  8. Washington
  9. Marion
  10. Ahoskie

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, Weddington is the hardest-working place in NC.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Tar Heel 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 North Carolina:

  • 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 132 places in North Carolina over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 132 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 North Carolina”. And, at the end of the day, Forest City 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. Forest City

Forest City - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,387 College Educated: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 18.9%

2. Williamston

Williamston - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,410College Educated: 12.4%
Unemployment Rate: 17.3%

3. Henderson

Henderson - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,325College Educated: 14.2%
Unemployment Rate: 17.8%

4. Whiteville

Whiteville - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,465College Educated: 18.9%
Unemployment Rate: 18.2%

5. Hamlet

Hamlet - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,566College Educated: 12.1%
Unemployment Rate: 21.2%

6. Kinston

Kinston - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,589College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 17.8%

7. Roxboro

Roxboro - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,330College Educated: 9.9%
Unemployment Rate: 21.6%

8. Washington

Washington - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,768College Educated: 21.5%
Unemployment Rate: 18.7%

9. Marion

Marion - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,948College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 17.5%

10. Ahoskie

Ahoskie - Laziest North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,017College Educated: 17.3%
Unemployment Rate: 16.0%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Forest City 1 7,387 13.6% 18.9%
Williamston 2 5,410 12.4% 17.3%
Henderson 3 15,325 14.2% 17.8%
Whiteville 4 5,465 18.9% 18.2%
Hamlet 5 6,566 12.1% 21.2%
Kinston 6 21,589 14.9% 17.8%
Roxboro 7 8,330 9.9% 21.6%
Washington 8 9,768 21.5% 18.7%
Marion 9 7,948 14.5% 17.5%
Ahoskie 10 5,017 17.3% 16.0%
Rockingham 11 9,444 19.3% 15.9%
Eden 12 15,543 12.4% 18.3%
Lenoir 13 18,061 15.3% 16.3%
Lexington 14 19,029 14.0% 18.5%
Laurinburg 15 15,799 20.1% 17.2%
Bessemer City 16 5,410 6.7% 17.4%
Goldsboro 17 35,908 19.8% 18.7%
Rocky Mount 18 57,071 18.9% 17.7%
Tarboro 19 11,323 16.8% 13.8%
Wadesboro 20 5,711 16.0% 31.0%
Ayden 21 5,018 14.4% 14.2%
Newton 22 12,998 15.1% 12.7%
Hendersonville 23 13,350 32.0% 12.3%
Thomasville 24 27,042 13.1% 15.6%
Roanoke Rapids 25 15,653 18.4% 10.7%
Shelby 26 20,283 21.7% 16.6%
Mount Airy 27 10,411 27.0% 12.4%
Salisbury 28 33,524 23.5% 15.5%
Elizabeth City 29 18,343 21.0% 19.3%
Clinton 30 8,729 20.9% 12.6%
Dunn 31 9,570 17.8% 15.3%
Asheboro 32 25,573 16.5% 12.7%
Wilson 33 49,389 23.6% 13.7%
Morganton 34 16,816 25.2% 11.7%
Spring Lake 35 13,101 17.9% 16.1%
Lumberton 36 21,707 18.3% 8.8%
New Bern 37 30,171 26.2% 15.2%
Kings Mountain 38 10,743 12.6% 15.5%
Statesville 39 25,132 20.9% 16.6%
Albemarle 40 15,924 18.9% 13.3%
Graham 41 14,384 17.0% 11.1%
Oxford 42 8,585 18.7% 15.0%
Smithfield 43 11,357 18.3% 13.0%
Morehead City 44 9,030 27.1% 9.1%
Reidsville 45 14,249 17.5% 11.2%
Nashville 46 5,469 17.4% 12.9%
Conover 47 8,200 23.3% 10.3%
Selma 48 6,172 8.2% 22.4%
Waynesville 49 9,770 23.9% 6.9%
Sawmills 50 5,164 10.8% 10.6%
Brevard 51 7,651 35.7% 9.1%
Trinity 52 6,648 13.6% 4.9%
Cherryville 53 5,826 18.9% 13.7%
Lincolnton 54 10,601 18.2% 15.7%
Havelock 55 20,850 13.6% 11.6%
Black Mountain 56 7,977 34.9% 7.4%
Burlington 57 51,740 22.2% 10.6%
Boone 58 17,802 48.1% 18.5%
Fayetteville 59 202,421 25.2% 13.8%
Wilmington 60 110,100 39.8% 11.3%
Greenville 61 87,546 37.9% 12.6%
Oak Island 62 7,051 28.7% 11.9%
Woodfin 63 6,167 25.7% 9.4%
Siler City 64 8,109 14.0% 18.5%
Winston-Salem 65 234,469 32.7% 11.4%
Southern Pines 66 12,782 41.9% 11.3%
Archdale 67 11,322 14.6% 8.3%
High Point 68 106,797 29.7% 12.6%
Gastonia 69 72,664 22.0% 13.6%
Aberdeen 70 6,702 29.5% 7.0%
Butner 71 7,661 11.4% 8.7%
Sanford 72 28,798 21.2% 12.9%
Kannapolis 73 43,865 18.0% 13.2%
Hickory 74 40,108 31.6% 7.7%
Asheville 75 85,783 45.0% 7.9%
Elon 76 9,516 39.2% 8.1%
Mocksville 77 5,086 23.8% 10.2%
Greensboro 78 276,225 36.3% 10.0%
Jacksonville 79 69,300 22.1% 13.0%
Hope Mills 80 16,024 19.8% 9.8%
Fletcher 81 7,320 31.0% 5.9%
King 82 6,732 23.8% 7.5%
Boiling Spring Lakes 83 5,529 17.5% 11.8%
Pineville 84 7,855 29.0% 10.3%
Kernersville 85 23,522 30.2% 6.4%
Monroe 86 33,588 16.2% 12.3%
Mount Holly 87 13,815 25.4% 10.8%
Hillsborough 88 6,256 39.9% 7.8%
Belmont 89 10,346 33.2% 9.3%
Pinehurst 90 15,052 53.8% 3.8%
Winterville 91 9,424 34.8% 9.7%
Durham 92 240,107 47.3% 8.3%
Leland 93 15,316 40.9% 8.5%
Mills River 94 6,917 29.1% 5.3%
Lewisville 95 13,037 39.2% 9.0%
Chapel Hill 96 58,379 74.0% 7.0%
Clemmons 97 19,101 45.7% 4.6%
Mooresville 98 34,466 31.9% 11.9%
Concord 99 82,266 30.1% 11.7%
Charlotte 100 774,807 40.7% 10.8%
Kill Devil Hills 101 6,810 27.8% 5.8%
Raleigh 102 423,287 47.6% 8.3%
Wendell 103 6,085 34.0% 5.1%
Mebane 104 12,509 30.4% 7.2%
Carolina Beach 105 5,888 36.7% 9.8%
Garner 106 26,723 32.3% 9.1%
Clayton 107 17,274 30.5% 8.3%
Gibsonville 108 6,565 31.4% 3.9%
Fuquay-Varina 109 20,246 35.4% 9.7%
Davidson 110 11,492 65.5% 6.9%
Morrisville 111 20,728 64.8% 5.0%
Carrboro 112 20,337 66.6% 4.8%
Unionville 113 6,180 21.5% 5.9%
Matthews 114 28,677 49.8% 7.5%
Stokesdale 115 5,177 34.5% 8.2%
Cary 116 146,041 61.8% 5.1%
Mint Hill 117 23,934 33.7% 6.5%
Waxhaw 118 10,878 53.6% 10.7%
Indian Trail 119 34,950 35.4% 9.0%
Cornelius 120 26,246 52.2% 7.0%
Stallings 121 14,185 42.8% 6.9%
Harrisburg 122 13,549 41.2% 5.6%
Oak Ridge 123 6,435 50.2% 2.8%
Apex 124 40,631 60.9% 6.4%
Wesley Chapel 125 7,882 43.5% 8.5%
Wake Forest 126 33,319 50.5% 6.5%
Summerfield 127 10,477 51.2% 6.3%
Huntersville 128 49,279 53.7% 6.6%
Knightdale 129 12,692 45.2% 4.5%
Marvin 130 5,806 70.9% 6.5%
Holly Springs 131 27,339 54.9% 5.4%
Weddington 132 9,906 57.8% 7.2%

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