These Are The 10 Laziest Places In North Dakota

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 North Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Dakota” based on data:

  1. Devils Lake
  2. Wahpeton
  3. Jamestown
  4. Grand Forks
  5. Valley City
  6. Fargo
  7. Mandan
  8. Bismarck
  9. Williston
  10. Dickinson

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, West Fargo is the hardest-working place in ND.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Peace 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 North Dakota:

  • 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 12 places in North Dakota over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 12 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 Dakota”. And, at the end of the day, Devils Lake 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. Devils Lake

Devils Lake - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,218College Educated: 19.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%

2. Wahpeton

Wahpeton - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804College Educated: 23.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

3. Jamestown

Jamestown - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,407College Educated: 22.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

4. Grand Forks

Grand Forks - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,095College Educated: 34.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

5. Valley City

Valley City - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,636College Educated: 27.1%
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%

6. Fargo

Fargo - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,725College Educated: 38.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

7. Mandan

Mandan - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,381College Educated: 26.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

8. Bismarck

Bismarck - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,123College Educated: 34.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

9. Williston

Williston - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,849College Educated: 19.4%
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%

10. Dickinson

Dickinson - Laziest North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,920College Educated: 25.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Devils Lake 1 7,218 19.7% 2.3%
Wahpeton 2 7,804 23.7% 4.7%
Jamestown 3 15,407 22.8% 3.2%
Grand Forks 4 54,095 34.9% 4.6%
Valley City 5 6,636 27.1% 1.8%
Fargo 6 110,725 38.6% 4.2%
Mandan 7 19,381 26.2% 3.6%
Bismarck 8 65,123 34.0% 2.4%
Williston 9 19,849 19.4% 1.1%
Dickinson 10 19,920 25.2% 2.9%
Minot 11 44,533 26.1% 2.7%
West Fargo 12 28,371 35.7% 1.7%
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