These Are The 10 Laziest Places In South Carolina

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 South 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 South 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 South Carolina” based on data:

  1. Cheraw
  2. Hartsville
  3. Abbeville
  4. Darlington
  5. Lake City
  6. Gaffney
  7. Georgetown
  8. Walterboro
  9. Anderson
  10. Greenwood

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, Tega Cay is the hardest-working place in SC.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Palmetto 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 South 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 62 places in South Carolina over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 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 South Carolina”. And, at the end of the day, Cheraw 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. Cheraw

Cheraw - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,809College Educated: 17.7%
Unemployment Rate: 15.4%

2. Hartsville

Hartsville - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,857College Educated: 28.5%
Unemployment Rate: 19.4%

3. Abbeville

Abbeville - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,207College Educated: 13.3%
Unemployment Rate: 17.3%

4. Darlington

Darlington - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,232College Educated: 21.3%
Unemployment Rate: 24.4%

5. Lake City

Lake City - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,720College Educated: 14.2%
Unemployment Rate: 24.3%

6. Gaffney

Gaffney - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,565College Educated: 20.0%
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%

7. Georgetown

Georgetown - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,110College Educated: 17.2%
Unemployment Rate: 13.6%

8. Walterboro

Walterboro - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,339College Educated: 19.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.3%

9. Anderson

Anderson - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,798College Educated: 20.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.1%

10. Greenwood

Greenwood - Laziest South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,296College Educated: 18.9%
Unemployment Rate: 14.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Cheraw 1 5,809 17.7% 15.4%
Hartsville 2 7,857 28.5% 19.4%
Abbeville 3 5,207 13.3% 17.3%
Darlington 4 6,232 21.3% 24.4%
Lake City 5 6,720 14.2% 24.3%
Gaffney 6 12,565 20.0% 13.4%
Georgetown 7 9,110 17.2% 13.6%
Walterboro 8 5,339 19.3% 13.3%
Anderson 9 26,798 20.6% 12.1%
Greenwood 10 23,296 18.9% 14.9%
Dillon 11 6,731 8.7% 13.4%
Batesburg-Leesville 12 5,242 15.7% 20.7%
Orangeburg 13 13,790 30.1% 14.5%
Chester 14 5,543 17.4% 22.2%
Union 15 8,191 21.9% 16.8%
Seneca 16 8,147 25.6% 13.9%
Spartanburg 17 37,216 27.4% 13.7%
Marion 18 6,833 16.2% 25.3%
Bennettsville 19 8,928 13.8% 11.3%
Clinton 20 8,525 17.0% 12.5%
Lancaster 21 8,801 17.1% 15.5%
Sumter 22 40,819 25.3% 14.5%
Newberry 23 10,259 23.6% 10.0%
Myrtle Beach 24 28,455 27.8% 11.2%
Laurens 25 9,136 18.0% 12.0%
North Myrtle Beach 26 14,485 32.6% 8.8%
Fountain Inn 27 8,031 19.9% 14.1%
Florence 28 37,512 29.3% 12.1%
Central 29 5,170 33.2% 12.1%
Forest Acres 30 10,533 56.1% 9.4%
Cayce 31 12,944 26.7% 8.5%
Conway 32 18,645 23.7% 11.0%
York 33 7,913 14.2% 12.5%
West Columbia 34 15,623 32.6% 8.9%
Aiken 35 29,980 43.1% 8.5%
Greenville 36 60,670 41.5% 9.7%
Clemson 37 14,254 65.4% 7.6%
Hilton Head Island 38 38,497 47.2% 5.9%
Moncks Corner 39 8,711 11.4% 12.7%
Clover 40 5,321 14.5% 16.1%
Easley 41 20,242 23.5% 10.2%
North Charleston 42 102,143 19.6% 11.8%
Columbia 43 131,331 40.1% 11.7%
Rock Hill 44 68,185 27.9% 11.5%
North Augusta 45 21,832 32.4% 8.9%
James Island 46 11,451 38.0% 9.6%
Camden 47 6,931 34.7% 8.6%
Hanahan 48 18,999 25.6% 6.9%
Greer 49 26,626 30.2% 7.3%
Beaufort 50 12,702 39.4% 4.0%
Port Royal 51 11,264 29.7% 4.9%
Mauldin 52 23,985 34.6% 6.6%
Charleston 53 125,458 49.2% 7.4%
Simpsonville 54 19,219 28.4% 6.4%
Goose Creek 55 38,545 25.9% 9.3%
Bluffton 56 13,979 29.4% 9.8%
Summerville 57 44,717 30.8% 10.7%
Fort Mill 58 12,068 32.9% 6.4%
Mount Pleasant 59 72,379 58.4% 6.2%
Irmo 60 11,518 36.8% 6.5%
Lexington 61 19,007 40.9% 5.4%
Tega Cay 62 8,224 60.5% 6.9%