These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Oregon

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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 Oregon 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 Oregon 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 Oregon” based on data:

  1. Winston
  2. Prineville
  3. Ontario
  4. Sutherlin
  5. Grants Pass
  6. Klamath Falls
  7. Baker City
  8. Madras
  9. Roseburg
  10. Redmond

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, Happy Valley is the hardest-working place in OR.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Beaver 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 Oregon:

  • 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 76 places in Oregon over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 76 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 Oregon”. And, at the end of the day, Winston 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. Winston

Winston - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,356College Educated: 8.8%
Unemployment Rate: 15.1%

2. Prineville

Prineville - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,184College Educated: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 15.0%

3. Ontario

Ontario - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,148College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 15.1%

4. Sutherlin

Sutherlin - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,776College Educated: 10.4%
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%

5. Grants Pass

Grants Pass - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,916College Educated: 15.9%
Unemployment Rate: 13.3%

6. Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,165College Educated: 20.8%
Unemployment Rate: 16.2%

7. Baker City

Baker City - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,774College Educated: 18.7%
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%

8. Madras

Madras - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,419College Educated: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%

9. Roseburg

Roseburg - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,858College Educated: 21.5%
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%

10. Redmond

Redmond - Laziest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,002College Educated: 18.7%
Unemployment Rate: 19.5%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Winston 1 5,356 8.8% 15.1%
Prineville 2 9,184 11.2% 15.0%
Ontario 3 11,148 14.5% 15.1%
Sutherlin 4 7,776 10.4% 11.8%
Grants Pass 5 34,916 15.9% 13.3%
Klamath Falls 6 21,165 20.8% 16.2%
Baker City 7 9,774 18.7% 10.8%
Madras 8 6,419 13.6% 14.0%
Roseburg 9 21,858 21.5% 14.2%
Redmond 10 27,002 18.7% 19.5%
Milton-Freewater 11 7,094 11.7% 17.0%
Cottage Grove 12 9,772 12.8% 12.8%
Coos Bay 13 16,022 20.8% 11.1%
Seaside 14 6,481 23.2% 12.2%
Sweet Home 15 9,042 12.4% 14.7%
Brookings 16 6,350 25.5% 10.2%
Florence 17 8,498 24.6% 9.8%
Lincoln City 18 7,977 21.9% 10.4%
Sheridan 19 6,081 7.9% 21.5%
The Dalles 20 15,068 18.5% 8.3%
Stayton 21 7,719 16.1% 15.1%
Springfield 22 59,882 15.2% 12.9%
North Bend 23 9,591 22.4% 12.5%
Junction City 24 5,566 12.2% 14.6%
Medford 25 76,648 24.2% 12.2%
La Grande 26 13,090 24.7% 9.4%
Pendleton 27 16,830 19.3% 9.7%
Central Point 28 17,443 18.2% 10.1%
Lebanon 29 15,761 16.5% 10.0%
Dallas 30 14,788 17.1% 14.4%
Umatilla 31 6,998 7.2% 12.5%
Albany 32 51,210 23.5% 12.5%
Eugene 33 158,131 39.9% 10.0%
Ashland 34 20,412 57.8% 9.5%
Creswell 35 5,065 16.4% 10.3%
McMinnville 36 32,839 21.1% 12.1%
Salem 37 157,967 26.9% 12.9%
Eagle Point 38 8,599 11.8% 12.1%
Independence 39 8,654 17.6% 18.8%
Cornelius 40 12,068 11.9% 16.3%
Hermiston 41 17,031 16.1% 8.1%
Newport 42 10,045 28.9% 7.1%
Fairview 43 9,094 18.2% 5.4%
Astoria 44 9,503 28.5% 7.8%
Woodburn 45 24,282 12.8% 13.6%
Talent 46 6,164 28.1% 7.0%
Warrenton 47 5,089 19.9% 5.5%
St. Helens 48 13,017 15.9% 15.1%
Bend 49 79,698 39.0% 8.3%
Keizer 50 36,875 24.6% 9.5%
Monmouth 51 9,769 35.0% 10.9%
Forest Grove 52 22,070 22.5% 10.9%
Corvallis 53 54,735 58.5% 8.7%
Scappoose 54 6,778 20.1% 12.1%
Silverton 55 9,342 29.5% 11.3%
Hood River 56 7,311 39.9% 4.2%
Milwaukie 57 20,449 26.1% 10.2%
Troutdale 58 16,339 21.5% 12.8%
Gresham 59 108,250 18.6% 12.1%
Gladstone 60 11,668 20.7% 9.9%
Molalla 61 8,247 14.8% 9.8%
Oregon City 62 33,834 22.7% 9.8%
Sandy 63 9,945 17.7% 8.5%
Wilsonville 64 20,335 39.3% 8.9%
Lake Oswego 65 37,310 65.2% 9.1%
Canby 66 16,821 25.8% 10.3%
Portland 67 602,568 44.4% 9.4%
Tualatin 68 26,604 41.8% 9.6%
Newberg 69 22,451 25.6% 7.9%
Beaverton 70 92,593 43.5% 9.2%
Tigard 71 49,633 41.4% 8.3%
Damascus 72 10,711 22.3% 8.9%
Hillsboro 73 95,765 33.7% 8.4%
West Linn 74 25,710 54.1% 8.1%
Sherwood 75 18,687 43.2% 7.5%
Happy Valley 76 15,693 48.8% 7.5%