These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Texas

We used science and data to determine the places in Texas that are total couch potatoes.

John McLeanby John McLeanRankings - 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas” based on data:

  1. Raymondville
  2. Jasper
  3. La Feria
  4. Elsa
  5. Lamesa
  6. San Benito
  7. Crockett
  8. Port Arthur
  9. Groves
  10. Paris

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, Highland Village is the hardest-working place in TX.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Lone Star 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 Texas:

  • 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 340 places in Texas over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 340 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 Texas”. And, at the end of the day, Raymondville 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. Raymondville

Raymondville - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,226College Educated: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

2. Jasper

Jasper - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,688College Educated: 8.2%
Unemployment Rate: 18.2%

3. La Feria

La Feria - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,301College Educated: 8.8%
Unemployment Rate: 17.7%

4. Elsa

Elsa - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,232College Educated: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 24.2%

5. Lamesa

Lamesa - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,365College Educated: 11.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

6. San Benito

San Benito - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,447College Educated: 8.7%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

7. Crockett

Crockett - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,702College Educated: 14.7%
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%

8. Port Arthur

Port Arthur - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,685College Educated: 10.4%
Unemployment Rate: 12.5%

9. Groves

Groves - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,911College Educated: 12.4%
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%

10. Paris

Paris - Laziest Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,023College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Raymondville 1 11,226 6.8% 12.3%
Jasper 2 7,688 8.2% 18.2%
La Feria 3 7,301 8.8% 17.7%
Elsa 4 6,232 3.0% 24.2%
Lamesa 5 9,365 11.0% 10.1%
San Benito 6 24,447 8.7% 12.3%
Crockett 7 6,702 14.7% 14.0%
Port Arthur 8 54,685 10.4% 12.5%
Groves 9 15,911 12.4% 12.3%
Paris 10 25,023 14.9% 10.5%
Cameron 11 5,445 12.2% 9.3%
Sweetwater 12 10,809 10.0% 9.3%
Robstown 13 11,599 7.6% 15.5%
Littlefield 14 6,325 12.6% 12.4%
Bellmead 15 10,052 6.1% 10.2%
Mercedes 16 16,271 12.7% 18.3%
Carrizo Springs 17 5,662 11.9% 9.1%
Freeport 18 12,108 8.3% 11.6%
Roma 19 9,938 12.5% 12.0%
Bonham 20 10,059 13.9% 16.8%
Marlin 21 5,867 10.0% 10.5%
Hillsboro 22 8,394 11.4% 9.3%
Mineral Wells 23 16,593 10.0% 9.8%
Sulphur Springs 24 15,673 13.9% 10.1%
Lacy-Lakeview 25 6,569 8.5% 7.0%
Greenville 26 25,892 17.3% 12.3%
Pearsall 27 9,482 7.6% 8.2%
Carthage 28 6,835 12.5% 7.9%
Alamo 29 18,907 11.0% 12.2%
Beeville 30 13,102 12.3% 8.1%
Donna 31 16,169 11.9% 11.6%
Gonzales 32 7,317 12.2% 11.6%
Center 33 5,239 10.0% 4.4%
Graham 34 8,840 17.5% 9.3%
Kerrville 35 22,560 27.2% 8.4%
Texarkana 36 36,999 26.0% 10.3%
Orange 37 18,810 18.5% 9.0%
Hondo 38 8,929 11.9% 10.8%
Diboll 39 5,377 6.5% 10.0%
Breckenridge 40 5,631 14.9% 5.6%
Lufkin 41 35,754 20.0% 9.9%
Denison 42 22,745 17.0% 10.2%
Corsicana 43 23,968 17.4% 12.9%
Livingston 44 5,245 17.0% 7.9%
Texas City 45 45,802 12.5% 12.2%
Harlingen 46 65,677 18.9% 8.9%
Uvalde 47 16,094 15.6% 11.8%
Yoakum 48 5,540 9.4% 5.4%
Rusk 49 5,573 8.8% 6.1%
Vernon 50 11,005 16.1% 7.4%
Aransas Pass 51 8,287 10.4% 7.4%
Weslaco 52 36,752 16.8% 10.9%
Plainview 53 21,952 15.2% 9.0%
Sinton 54 5,678 9.8% 10.5%
Beaumont 55 117,543 22.3% 10.6%
Brownfield 56 9,678 11.4% 7.8%
Hitchcock 57 7,206 9.5% 9.7%
Jacinto City 58 10,717 4.1% 24.9%
Gun Barrel City 59 5,805 13.7% 14.1%
Wharton 60 8,768 11.5% 10.0%
Nacogdoches 61 33,589 28.9% 10.9%
Navasota 62 7,215 12.7% 5.6%
Port Isabel 63 5,033 11.2% 7.1%
Bowie 64 5,195 15.1% 8.6%
Kingsville 65 26,348 25.8% 11.8%
Borger 66 13,121 12.5% 6.1%
Galveston 67 48,513 27.4% 10.7%
La Marque 68 14,981 15.2% 12.8%
Big Spring 69 27,768 13.1% 7.9%
Fredericksburg 70 10,707 34.2% 6.9%
Eagle Pass 71 27,463 17.5% 10.5%
Huntsville 72 39,764 18.6% 7.6%
Progreso 73 5,709 3.0% 10.0%
Brady 74 5,515 12.6% 5.5%
Baytown 75 74,157 13.5% 11.7%
Waco 76 127,796 21.3% 8.5%
Gatesville 77 15,946 7.3% 8.1%
Gilmer 78 5,031 15.7% 9.4%
Sherman 79 39,119 19.1% 11.0%
Marble Falls 80 6,137 21.5% 6.7%
Clute 81 11,277 12.5% 8.6%
Vidor 82 10,844 8.4% 7.8%
Granbury 83 8,496 22.2% 8.2%
Del Rio 84 36,081 16.4% 9.6%
Athens 85 12,782 15.5% 5.7%
Jacksonville 86 14,654 13.9% 7.7%
Cleveland 87 7,684 10.2% 19.5%
Crystal City 88 7,353 9.5% 4.5%
Seguin 89 26,237 15.4% 9.5%
Kaufman 90 6,837 11.8% 10.8%
Atlanta 91 5,638 16.4% 14.6%
Anthony 92 5,218 11.0% 10.7%
Lampasas 93 6,885 20.0% 10.0%
Cuero 94 6,979 15.2% 10.6%
Marshall 95 24,424 20.6% 8.8%
Terrell 96 16,146 14.2% 13.2%
Santa Fe 97 12,572 13.0% 12.2%
Rockport 98 9,776 27.4% 5.8%
Childress 99 6,140 18.0% 5.2%
Port Lavaca 100 12,289 18.3% 11.4%
Commerce 101 8,348 26.2% 16.6%
Brownwood 102 19,107 17.3% 5.2%
Everman 103 6,213 5.9% 10.4%
Windcrest 104 5,562 36.1% 14.1%
Pharr 105 73,143 13.1% 10.6%
Hereford 106 15,330 14.8% 7.0%
Brownsville 107 179,834 17.2% 10.9%
Mount Pleasant 108 16,066 11.8% 7.4%
Forest Hill 109 12,612 9.7% 11.1%
Pecos 110 8,919 12.4% 7.2%
Bridgeport 111 6,099 12.4% 8.2%
Perryton 112 9,330 12.0% 6.5%
Muleshoe 113 5,161 8.6% 7.3%
Bay City 114 17,499 15.6% 7.6%
Pampa 115 18,180 15.4% 5.2%
Mexia 116 7,502 15.4% 9.2%
Alton 117 14,735 6.3% 8.9%
San Juan 118 35,183 10.3% 8.4%
Wake Village 119 5,477 18.8% 5.0%
Nederland 120 17,018 20.0% 7.0%
McGregor 121 5,041 12.7% 9.9%
Gainesville 122 16,040 15.4% 10.2%
Silsbee 123 6,676 17.7% 8.4%
Victoria 124 64,275 17.6% 7.5%
Rio Grande City 125 14,033 14.1% 8.7%
Socorro 126 32,623 6.8% 13.1%
Hempstead 127 6,197 14.0% 18.4%
Levelland 128 13,735 15.5% 7.2%
Burnet 129 6,065 15.3% 5.2%
Alice 130 19,358 12.3% 5.8%
Palestine 131 18,611 16.7% 5.7%
Iowa Park 132 6,375 12.9% 3.2%
Kirby 133 8,221 10.5% 8.5%
River Oaks 134 7,575 10.7% 9.3%
Snyder 135 11,368 15.5% 3.6%
Copperas Cove 136 33,023 20.1% 12.2%
Longview 137 82,030 20.6% 7.2%
Edna 138 5,616 14.3% 5.9%
Wichita Falls 139 104,771 22.2% 7.2%
Abilene 140 120,776 22.6% 6.7%
Monahans 141 7,204 15.8% 5.3%
Liberty 142 8,696 16.6% 9.2%
White Settlement 143 16,571 10.2% 6.9%
San Angelo 144 96,177 21.6% 6.4%
Hutchins 145 5,410 8.4% 11.3%
Ennis 146 18,674 12.6% 8.9%
Temple 147 68,877 26.3% 7.0%
Bryan 148 78,368 25.7% 8.8%
Burkburnett 149 10,915 17.6% 4.7%
Alpine 150 6,026 33.5% 4.6%
Pleasanton 151 9,283 17.9% 9.7%
Bridge City 152 7,898 13.7% 6.4%
Galena Park 153 11,093 5.3% 9.3%
Willis 154 6,052 11.4% 4.9%
Lindale 155 5,169 21.6% 7.5%
Haltom City 156 43,259 12.3% 8.4%
Killeen 157 134,030 17.8% 11.8%
Slaton 158 6,100 15.4% 4.3%
Tyler 159 99,344 29.5% 7.2%
Palmview 160 5,577 13.8% 10.9%
South Houston 161 17,323 6.8% 10.1%
Highland Park 162 8,796 83.3% 7.1%
Cleburne 163 29,765 15.7% 7.3%
Floresville 164 6,813 10.0% 5.5%
Prairie View 165 5,890 37.1% 17.6%
Rockdale 166 5,506 20.7% 7.9%
Dayton 167 7,350 7.9% 7.9%
Henderson 168 13,723 13.9% 3.2%
Pasadena 169 152,171 14.0% 10.7%
Brenham 170 16,029 21.0% 5.1%
Lubbock 171 236,868 29.5% 6.4%
Humble 172 15,402 16.2% 11.1%
Fort Stockton 173 8,373 11.1% 4.8%
El Campo 174 11,549 13.1% 6.0%
Corpus Christi 175 312,680 21.2% 7.2%
Richland Hills 176 7,933 16.0% 9.8%
Decatur 177 6,201 23.3% 8.1%
Mission 178 80,538 23.6% 8.5%
El Paso 179 669,771 22.7% 8.6%
Balch Springs 180 24,693 9.2% 8.9%
Georgetown 181 53,007 42.9% 7.6%
Amarillo 182 194,930 22.5% 5.4%
Dalhart 183 8,150 20.4% 5.9%
Sealy 184 6,181 14.7% 9.4%
Kermit 185 5,894 10.9% 2.5%
Kilgore 186 14,178 20.8% 6.0%
Bastrop 187 7,469 19.5% 8.9%
Alamo Heights 188 7,397 71.1% 6.6%
Stephenville 189 18,387 29.4% 6.0%
Taylor 190 16,001 14.6% 10.5%
Port Neches 191 12,877 26.4% 7.2%
San Marcos 192 51,289 32.2% 9.5%
Keene 193 6,089 18.3% 8.1%
Gladewater 194 6,461 12.9% 5.6%
Tomball 195 11,030 25.6% 6.9%
Weatherford 196 26,490 25.8% 7.2%
Angleton 197 19,034 12.7% 5.5%
Seminole 198 6,848 15.5% 3.2%
Lumberton 199 12,153 20.6% 6.0%
Odessa 200 107,325 17.3% 5.0%
San Antonio 201 1,385,438 24.9% 8.4%
College Station 202 98,505 55.1% 7.6%
McAllen 203 135,048 27.7% 7.8%
Harker Heights 204 27,757 29.3% 8.9%
Edinburg 205 79,002 28.1% 9.1%
Waxahachie 206 31,045 23.9% 7.9%
Webster 207 10,898 26.2% 8.6%
Andrews 208 12,160 13.0% 4.2%
Belton 209 19,292 26.6% 6.7%
Laredo 210 245,048 17.6% 6.5%
Dallas 211 1,240,985 29.7% 8.9%
La Porte 212 34,473 14.7% 8.2%
Hidalgo 213 13,063 16.7% 9.1%
Seagoville 214 15,379 10.6% 5.6%
Dumas 215 14,908 13.9% 4.6%
Hurst 216 38,140 25.9% 7.7%
Boerne 217 11,674 35.3% 6.0%
Lancaster 218 37,731 18.4% 10.3%
Farmers Branch 219 30,261 33.3% 7.7%
Euless 220 52,649 31.9% 8.0%
Rosenberg 221 32,789 12.7% 4.9%
Benbrook 222 21,898 32.8% 5.0%
Fort Worth 223 778,573 26.7% 8.6%
Deer Park 224 32,965 19.6% 7.1%
Fairview 225 7,882 61.5% 7.1%
Ingleside 226 9,468 15.2% 6.3%
Alvin 227 24,938 16.6% 7.4%
Houston 228 2,167,988 29.8% 8.9%
Lake Jackson 229 27,224 29.6% 5.3%
Richmond 230 11,769 14.5% 6.3%
Bedford 231 48,104 35.3% 6.1%
Lockhart 232 12,966 13.7% 6.4%
Denton 233 122,742 38.3% 9.5%
Los Fresnos 234 6,164 16.2% 5.6%
Addison 235 14,594 55.1% 3.7%
University Park 236 23,761 83.3% 5.8%
DeSoto 237 50,837 28.6% 10.1%
Arlington 238 375,305 28.9% 8.8%
Irving 239 224,859 33.8% 7.5%
Live Oak 240 14,213 30.4% 6.6%
Joshua 241 5,935 16.2% 4.2%
New Braunfels 242 61,712 28.1% 6.1%
Garland 243 232,305 21.6% 9.8%
Elgin 244 8,224 16.4% 7.1%
Portland 245 15,420 25.6% 3.2%
White Oak 246 6,431 21.2% 4.9%
Midland 247 119,409 25.5% 4.3%
Universal City 248 19,164 27.3% 4.9%
Lake Dallas 249 7,306 28.6% 8.0%
Robinson 250 11,051 24.2% 4.2%
Duncanville 251 39,315 26.0% 7.4%
Sanger 252 7,237 16.5% 5.7%
Grand Prairie 253 181,135 23.0% 8.7%
Leon Valley 254 10,658 33.1% 4.7%
Richardson 255 103,752 51.2% 7.5%
Whitehouse 256 7,882 23.7% 5.3%
Canyon 257 13,882 40.8% 3.2%
Austin 258 864,218 46.0% 6.8%
Conroe 259 61,268 20.0% 5.2%
Mesquite 260 142,552 18.1% 7.6%
Watauga 261 23,999 17.8% 7.7%
Lago Vista 262 6,349 38.4% 9.6%
Princeton 263 7,520 22.0% 5.6%
Horizon City 264 18,477 20.2% 8.6%
Manor 265 5,936 23.8% 13.0%
West University Place 266 15,223 88.0% 3.1%
Schertz 267 35,093 31.4% 7.0%
Woodway 268 8,614 49.7% 2.9%
Azle 269 10,744 19.8% 4.4%
Glenn Heights 270 11,671 21.4% 8.1%
Saginaw 271 20,840 20.2% 7.8%
Heath 272 7,620 60.3% 10.8%
Luling 273 5,569 18.3% 1.7%
Hewitt 274 13,905 33.8% 3.5%
Dickinson 275 19,135 23.1% 7.5%
North Richland Hills 276 65,835 30.5% 6.2%
Forney 277 16,017 27.8% 11.2%
Converse 278 19,738 24.7% 5.8%
Lakeway 279 12,709 63.9% 7.1%
Burleson 280 39,335 24.1% 6.5%
Stafford 281 17,990 33.7% 5.3%
Round Rock 282 106,972 37.3% 7.1%
Jersey Village 283 7,795 36.8% 4.5%
Lewisville 284 99,039 30.8% 5.9%
Lucas 285 5,928 50.3% 9.6%
Royse City 286 9,755 23.9% 7.6%
Roanoke 287 6,488 34.0% 1.9%
Cedar Hill 288 46,414 30.1% 7.7%
Crowley 289 13,762 24.0% 6.4%
Terrell Hills 290 5,037 72.2% 0.8%
Bellaire 291 17,533 77.5% 3.6%
Corinth 292 20,432 39.8% 8.3%
Hutto 293 18,839 19.6% 6.8%
Grapevine 294 48,671 45.6% 4.3%
Cedar Park 295 58,088 44.1% 6.6%
Plano 296 271,166 54.6% 5.9%
Carrollton 297 124,501 36.5% 5.6%
Leander 298 30,040 30.1% 8.0%
Red Oak 299 11,149 22.3% 4.2%
Midlothian 300 19,590 28.1% 6.9%
Fair Oaks Ranch 301 6,534 61.7% 4.1%
The Colony 302 38,690 33.4% 7.7%
Katy 303 15,071 29.6% 4.5%
Seabrook 304 12,437 46.3% 5.2%
Pflugerville 305 52,138 36.2% 5.3%
Rowlett 306 57,532 31.3% 7.7%
Missouri City 307 69,152 43.0% 7.8%
Friendswood 308 37,001 48.3% 5.7%
Selma 309 7,046 33.4% 4.6%
Rockwall 310 39,948 38.2% 5.6%
Kennedale 311 7,093 24.0% 2.9%
Southlake 312 27,755 68.5% 4.8%
Anna 313 9,108 25.8% 6.1%
Buda 314 9,443 37.1% 5.0%
Sunnyvale 315 5,480 49.9% 5.7%
Coppell 316 40,021 63.2% 4.1%
Colleyville 317 23,928 64.8% 4.8%
Little Elm 318 30,213 30.5% 6.9%
Sachse 319 21,790 32.4% 5.7%
Mansfield 320 59,757 41.1% 5.3%
Allen 321 89,845 52.6% 5.2%
Sugar Land 322 82,420 54.2% 5.3%
Cibolo 323 22,744 40.6% 4.8%
Keller 324 41,913 56.8% 4.9%
Wylie 325 43,531 34.7% 6.4%
League City 326 88,979 41.2% 4.5%
Manvel 327 6,159 21.8% 3.2%
McKinney 328 144,066 45.1% 4.0%
Fate 329 7,643 41.2% 6.5%
Helotes 330 7,880 45.8% 3.2%
Frisco 331 130,499 58.4% 4.9%
Prosper 332 12,503 44.7% 3.8%
Pearland 333 97,427 45.7% 4.9%
Trophy Club 334 9,451 63.8% 2.6%
Kyle 335 30,664 28.5% 4.4%
Flower Mound 336 67,630 57.6% 4.3%
Murphy 337 19,154 54.0% 5.1%
Celina 338 6,558 36.6% 2.8%
Melissa 339 5,675 36.5% 2.5%
Highland Village 340 15,589 55.9% 3.7%

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