These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania” based on data:

  1. Johnstown
  2. Uniontown
  3. Sunbury
  4. Bradford
  5. Titusville
  6. Shenandoah
  7. Sharon
  8. Lewi
  9. Carbondale
  10. New Castle

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, Franklin Park is the hardest-working place in PA.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Keystone 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 Pennsylvania:

  • 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 196 places in Pennsylvania over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 196 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 Pennsylvania”. And, at the end of the day, Johnstown 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. Johnstown

Johnstown - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,576College Educated: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 15.3%

2. Uniontown

Uniontown - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,203College Educated: 13.7%
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%

3. Sunbury

Sunbury - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,817College Educated: 8.9%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

4. Bradford

Bradford - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,665College Educated: 16.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%

5. Titusville

Titusville - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,479College Educated: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 17.0%

6. Shenandoah

Shenandoah - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,002College Educated: 5.5%
Unemployment Rate: 18.6%

7. Sharon

Sharon - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,845College Educated: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 11.6%

8. Lewi

Lewi - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,341 College Educated: 13.2%
Unemployment Rate: 11.5%

9. Carbondale

Carbondale - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,843College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 14.7%

10. New Castle

New Castle - Laziest Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,883College Educated: 14.7%
Unemployment Rate: 11.3%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Johnstown 1 20,576 10.3% 15.3%
Uniontown 2 10,203 13.7% 14.0%
Sunbury 3 9,817 8.9% 12.3%
Bradford 4 8,665 16.3% 13.8%
Titusville 5 5,479 18.4% 17.0%
Shenandoah 6 5,002 5.5% 18.6%
Sharon 7 13,845 16.8% 11.6%
Lewi 8 8,341 13.2% 11.5%
Carbondale 9 8,843 14.5% 14.7%
New Castle 10 22,883 14.7% 11.3%
Ambridge 11 6,973 15.2% 12.5%
York 12 43,817 10.7% 20.9%
Shamokin 13 7,295 7.3% 13.3%
Chester 14 34,007 9.5% 20.5%
Punxsutawney 15 5,927 16.3% 9.7%
Corry 16 6,546 14.9% 11.9%
Beaver Falls 17 8,842 14.6% 11.8%
Pottsville 18 14,136 15.1% 9.7%
Arnold 19 5,090 8.6% 12.3%
Lebanon 20 25,553 10.9% 15.7%
Milton 21 7,017 15.3% 14.5%
Harrisburg 22 49,297 18.4% 16.7%
Butler 23 13,609 15.2% 10.7%
DuBois 24 7,718 17.3% 8.5%
Hazleton 25 25,179 11.5% 15.1%
Nanticoke 26 10,395 14.3% 10.6%
Pittston 27 7,702 16.6% 12.3%
Altoona 28 45,987 16.2% 9.2%
Oil City 29 10,383 15.3% 10.8%
Clearfield 30 6,143 17.6% 8.2%
Wilkes-Barre 31 41,202 15.3% 9.9%
Washington 32 13,715 16.7% 11.5%
Duquesne 33 5,558 12.4% 25.9%
Plymouth 34 5,905 12.8% 9.8%
Erie 35 100,832 21.2% 11.0%
McKees Rocks 36 6,088 12.6% 13.3%
Franklin 37 6,448 21.0% 8.0%
Somerset 38 6,185 24.7% 9.4%
Greenville 39 5,919 17.6% 11.7%
McKeesport 40 19,663 11.4% 13.9%
Warren 41 9,543 25.4% 9.3%
Reading 42 88,051 8.3% 20.0%
Connellsville 43 7,578 10.0% 6.1%
Williamsport 44 29,377 18.2% 14.2%
Steelton 45 5,959 11.9% 9.5%
Waynesboro 46 10,673 14.7% 14.0%
Berwick 47 10,398 14.9% 8.4%
Bristol 48 9,657 13.7% 9.2%
Columbia 49 10,399 11.3% 8.4%
Monessen 50 7,630 15.8% 8.8%
Aliquippa 51 9,356 18.7% 11.4%
Vandergrift 52 5,142 10.7% 9.9%
Sugarcreek 53 5,238 8.5% 6.2%
Shippensburg 54 5,479 19.9% 11.7%
Lancaster 55 59,368 18.8% 13.9%
Turtle Creek 56 5,335 10.4% 9.1%
Meadville 57 13,307 30.1% 9.1%
New Kensington 58 12,959 19.9% 12.0%
Blakely 59 6,534 22.1% 6.8%
Taylor 60 6,230 17.8% 8.3%
Schuylkill Haven 61 5,368 16.6% 11.0%
New Brighton 62 5,973 16.4% 9.8%
Sayre 63 5,553 26.6% 7.1%
Scranton 64 75,842 21.4% 9.1%
Lock Haven 65 9,860 19.4% 10.2%
Clairton 66 6,752 13.8% 12.5%
Middl 67 8,909 16.7% 8.2%
Old Forge 68 8,265 22.4% 10.2%
Stroudsburg 69 5,528 25.9% 18.5%
Allentown 70 118,793 16.2% 15.1%
Tyrone 71 5,433 18.8% 8.6%
Chambersburg 72 20,430 21.5% 7.7%
Tamaqua 73 6,994 14.5% 11.0%
St. Marys 74 12,940 16.5% 4.5%
Exeter 75 5,633 26.2% 8.4%
Dickson City 76 6,049 21.3% 5.9%
Coatesville 77 13,130 12.7% 15.7%
Hanover 78 15,365 16.3% 8.8%
Monaca 79 5,721 17.1% 7.7%
Catasauqua 80 6,477 18.1% 10.8%
South Williamsport 81 6,370 23.5% 5.9%
Mount Carmel 82 5,833 16.3% 8.5%
California 83 6,703 27.1% 12.0%
Palmyra 84 7,399 23.2% 7.9%
Greensburg 85 14,726 33.0% 8.5%
Kingston 86 13,105 30.6% 7.2%
Huntingdon 87 7,069 28.1% 5.7%
Bethlehem 88 75,050 26.5% 9.3%
Hermitage 89 16,237 30.8% 6.7%
Gettysburg 90 7,632 28.9% 9.5%
Indiana 91 14,025 40.7% 14.0%
Darby 92 10,689 8.6% 17.4%
Carnegie 93 7,960 27.6% 8.0%
Easton 94 26,977 17.9% 13.1%
Norri 95 34,454 18.3% 12.0%
Bloomsburg 96 14,699 27.5% 6.0%
Norwood 97 5,897 14.3% 11.3%
Folcroft 98 6,615 16.3% 12.6%
Jeannette 99 9,522 17.2% 3.9%
Coraopolis 100 5,655 26.3% 6.2%
Wilkinsburg 101 15,894 30.0% 11.5%
Munhall 102 11,355 21.7% 8.3%
Dunmore 103 13,974 30.0% 7.1%
Bridgeville 104 5,142 25.9% 5.0%
Olyphant 105 5,178 24.2% 5.1%
Archbald 106 7,053 28.6% 8.1%
Pittsburgh 107 306,045 37.2% 9.4%
Lehighton 108 5,427 15.6% 7.5%
Moosic 109 5,712 24.6% 4.9%
Clarion 110 5,000 45.5% 8.2%
Oxford 111 5,100 21.0% 8.2%
Red Lion 112 6,343 16.5% 6.2%
Canonsburg 113 8,973 28.9% 8.5%
Bangor 114 5,256 15.7% 11.4%
Pott 115 22,519 18.1% 8.9%
Mechanicsburg 116 8,971 31.4% 8.2%
West Mifflin 117 20,271 20.6% 9.6%
Helle 118 5,881 21.7% 7.8%
Ellwood City 119 7,743 22.9% 8.5%
Nazareth 120 5,723 28.6% 7.4%
Ephrata 121 13,529 18.4% 7.5%
Lower Burrell 122 11,653 26.5% 9.5%
Philadelphia 123 1,546,920 24.5% 14.9%
Lewisburg 124 5,781 31.6% 7.3%
Sharon Hill 125 5,685 18.3% 16.4%
Carlisle 126 18,877 34.9% 7.5%
Northampton 127 9,921 17.3% 6.9%
New Holland 128 5,407 17.2% 5.3%
Hollidaysburg 129 5,792 33.9% 2.7%
Kut 130 5,016 30.7% 11.3%
Swissvale 131 8,963 34.6% 9.8%
Quake 132 8,939 21.4% 7.4%
Kennett Square 133 6,123 22.6% 7.3%
Prospect Park 134 6,464 20.6% 8.4%
State College 135 42,066 67.1% 8.8%
Palmerton 136 5,382 11.9% 4.6%
Westmont 137 5,086 48.2% 5.8%
Ridley Park 138 7,021 25.4% 8.6%
Millersville 139 8,320 31.0% 8.1%
Bellefonte 140 6,250 28.4% 4.3%
Birdsboro 141 5,158 18.0% 10.7%
Brookhaven 142 8,045 26.8% 8.4%
Collingdale 143 8,778 16.1% 10.6%
Swoyersville 144 5,038 23.1% 2.8%
New Cumberland 145 7,276 35.0% 4.1%
Wilson 146 7,852 15.6% 7.5%
Baldwin 147 19,791 24.5% 8.4%
Shillington 148 5,272 27.5% 5.0%
Camp Hill 149 7,891 52.5% 5.7%
Downin 150 7,921 31.8% 9.8%
Wyomissing 151 10,467 50.8% 5.3%
Lititz 152 9,386 29.2% 3.3%
Bellevue 153 8,338 30.1% 7.5%
Mount Joy 154 7,774 24.5% 7.0%
Clarks Summit 155 5,101 48.9% 3.6%
White Oak 156 7,851 24.6% 5.3%
Souderton 157 6,668 25.6% 7.6%
Fox Chapel 158 5,397 85.0% 8.0%
Glenolden 159 7,150 22.6% 5.6%
East Stroudsburg 160 9,773 27.6% 17.5%
Pleasant Hills 161 8,291 40.9% 9.5%
Emmaus 162 11,291 29.2% 5.9%
Clifton Heights 163 6,656 17.8% 5.4%
Ambler 164 6,481 38.7% 11.9%
Morrisville 165 8,689 27.2% 11.4%
Media 166 5,341 47.1% 8.5%
Selinsgrove 167 5,698 26.3% 2.7%
Edinboro 168 6,484 41.4% 3.7%
Hatboro 169 7,403 31.9% 11.1%
Brentwood 170 9,625 27.8% 6.9%
Grove City 171 8,242 36.4% 3.9%
West Chester 172 18,860 45.7% 7.8%
Yeadon 173 11,506 26.5% 8.5%
Forest Hills 174 6,501 49.9% 7.8%
Elizabet 175 11,602 32.5% 5.0%
Collegeville 176 5,263 55.4% 8.0%
Monroeville 177 28,365 37.8% 5.5%
Oakmont 178 6,358 43.9% 4.7%
Whitehall 179 13,931 33.8% 5.8%
Lansdale 180 16,382 31.0% 6.2%
Lansdowne 181 10,618 33.9% 8.5%
Crafton 182 5,931 35.5% 3.9%
Doyle 183 8,353 43.0% 5.9%
Castle Shannon 184 8,317 27.8% 6.3%
Plum 185 27,386 33.8% 6.4%
Phoenixville 186 16,530 39.0% 6.8%
Dormont 187 8,565 36.0% 5.2%
Perkasie 188 8,511 30.4% 7.2%
Jefferson Hills 189 10,984 43.1% 6.1%
West View 190 6,752 32.0% 4.4%
Bethel Park 191 32,338 44.8% 5.8%
Conshohocken 192 7,864 55.3% 6.2%
Economy 193 9,133 29.4% 5.3%
Murrysville 194 20,171 50.2% 4.1%
Swarthmore 195 6,198 80.4% 4.9%
Franklin Park 196 13,882 67.2% 3.7%

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