These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Virginia

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

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia” based on data:

  1. Emporia
  2. Martinsville
  3. South Boston
  4. Danville
  5. Wytheville
  6. Hopewell
  7. Marion
  8. Petersburg
  9. Bristol
  10. Big Stone Gap

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, Purcellville is the hardest-working place in VA.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Old Dominion

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 Virginia:

  • 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 Virginia 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 Virginia”. And, at the end of the day, Emporia 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. Emporia

Emporia - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,682College Educated: 15.0%
Unemployment Rate: 17.2%

2. Martinsville

Martinsville - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,745College Educated: 16.6%
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%

3. South Boston

South Boston - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,069College Educated: 19.5%
Unemployment Rate: 12.4%

4. Danville

Danville - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,704College Educated: 17.2%
Unemployment Rate: 14.7%

5. Wytheville

Wytheville - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,193College Educated: 20.6%
Unemployment Rate: 11.3%

6. Hopewell

Hopewell - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,375College Educated: 10.9%
Unemployment Rate: 13.7%

7. Marion

Marion - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,931College Educated: 19.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

8. Petersburg

Petersburg - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,439College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 15.1%

9. Bristol

Bristol - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,595College Educated: 20.4%
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%

10. Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap - Laziest Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,559College Educated: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Emporia 1 5,682 15.0% 17.2%
Martinsville 2 13,745 16.6% 14.2%
South Boston 3 8,069 19.5% 12.4%
Danville 4 42,704 17.2% 14.7%
Wytheville 5 8,193 20.6% 11.3%
Hopewell 6 22,375 10.9% 13.7%
Marion 7 5,931 19.0% 8.2%
Petersburg 8 32,439 14.9% 15.1%
Bristol 9 17,595 20.4% 11.0%
Big Stone Gap 10 5,559 14.9% 8.8%
Buena Vista 11 6,683 14.0% 7.8%
Bluefield 12 5,375 20.6% 11.9%
Richlands 13 5,698 12.2% 8.1%
Pulaski 14 8,993 12.3% 7.5%
Farmville 15 8,350 31.3% 10.6%
Waynesboro 16 21,177 19.0% 7.8%
Galax 17 6,981 12.4% 8.2%
Franklin 18 8,534 19.8% 14.0%
Roanoke 19 97,949 24.1% 8.0%
Lynchburg 20 77,626 32.3% 9.6%
Abingdon 21 8,176 32.6% 8.0%
Covington 22 5,853 9.0% 5.1%
Colonial Heights 23 17,542 19.6% 7.2%
Vinton 24 8,129 19.8% 6.5%
Hampton 25 136,904 23.3% 10.5%
Portsmouth 26 96,007 19.5% 10.5%
Staunton 27 24,132 31.5% 6.4%
Radford 28 16,993 34.9% 9.4%
Richmond 29 211,063 35.4% 10.7%
Ashland 30 7,264 23.4% 6.5%
Salem 31 25,120 30.7% 5.9%
Winchester 32 27,031 28.1% 7.2%
Newport News 33 181,362 24.1% 9.6%
Woodstock 34 5,164 20.2% 5.5%
Norfolk 35 244,745 25.6% 11.6%
Front Royal 36 14,709 16.6% 9.4%
Fredericksburg 37 26,632 37.7% 10.4%
Lexington 38 7,114 44.8% 5.1%
Harrisonburg 39 50,821 35.6% 6.8%
Blacksburg 40 43,204 69.3% 8.8%
Suffolk 41 85,477 26.1% 8.9%
Smithfield 42 8,159 30.9% 10.1%
Charlottesville 43 44,505 49.3% 5.0%
Strasburg 44 6,486 15.9% 5.0%
Williamsburg 45 14,401 48.6% 6.2%
Chesapeake 46 228,168 29.4% 7.6%
Dumfries 47 5,122 12.9% 14.1%
Christiansburg 48 21,427 40.9% 3.6%
Poquoson 49 12,103 35.8% 4.7%
Culpeper 50 16,968 23.9% 7.2%
Virginia Beach 51 445,623 33.5% 6.2%
Bridgewater 52 5,812 34.8% 2.9%
Warrenton 53 9,774 34.9% 5.5%
Manassas 54 40,436 29.1% 8.0%
Fairfax 55 23,507 53.5% 5.5%
Alexandria 56 146,422 61.5% 4.7%
Falls Church 57 13,074 75.1% 5.0%
Herndon 58 24,141 48.7% 4.7%
Leesburg 59 46,211 49.4% 4.7%
Vienna 60 16,173 65.5% 3.6%
Manassas Park 61 14,992 26.3% 3.7%
Purcellville 62 8,350 53.8% 3.6%

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