These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Washington

We used science and data to determine the places in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington” based on data:

  1. Clarkston
  2. Kelso
  3. Longview
  4. Centralia
  5. Hoquiam
  6. Port Angeles
  7. Sequim
  8. Aberdeen
  9. Airway Heights
  10. Chehalis

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, Snoqualmie is the hardest-working place in WA.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Evergreen 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 Washington:

  • 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 118 places in Washington over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 118 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 Washington”. And, at the end of the day, Clarkston 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. Clarkston

Clarkston - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,318College Educated: 10.6%
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%

2. Kelso

Kelso - Laziest Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,837College Educated: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 22.5%

3. Longview

Longview - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,589College Educated: 15.5%
Unemployment Rate: 15.0%

4. Centralia

Centralia - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,664College Educated: 13.7%
Unemployment Rate: 15.4%

5. Hoquiam

Hoquiam - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,560College Educated: 12.3%
Unemployment Rate: 17.1%

6. Port Angeles

Port Angeles - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,125College Educated: 20.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.6%

7. Sequim

Sequim - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,651College Educated: 24.3%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%

8. Aberdeen

Aberdeen - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,544College Educated: 15.6%
Unemployment Rate: 12.9%

9. Airway Heights

Airway Heights - Laziest Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,356College Educated: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%

10. Chehalis

Chehalis - Laziest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,265College Educated: 17.4%
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Clarkston 1 7,318 10.6% 11.9%
Kelso 2 11,837 10.0% 22.5%
Longview 3 36,589 15.5% 15.0%
Centralia 4 16,664 13.7% 15.4%
Hoquiam 5 8,560 12.3% 17.1%
Port Angeles 6 19,125 20.3% 12.6%
Sequim 7 6,651 24.3% 15.5%
Aberdeen 8 16,544 15.6% 12.9%
Airway Heights 9 6,356 7.9% 11.4%
Chehalis 10 7,265 17.4% 11.4%
Union Gap 11 6,061 5.3% 9.0%
Moses Lake 12 21,141 20.0% 11.3%
Ocean Shores 13 5,609 20.9% 17.3%
Burlington 14 8,466 13.3% 10.6%
Yakima 15 92,806 17.3% 11.2%
Sedro-Woolley 16 10,645 13.7% 11.8%
Prosser 17 5,793 19.8% 11.7%
Wapato 18 5,043 3.4% 17.1%
Shelton 19 9,798 14.2% 11.9%
Walla Walla 20 31,895 23.1% 8.8%
Spokane Valley 21 90,829 20.9% 9.6%
Lakewood 22 58,890 21.3% 14.1%
Grandview 23 11,023 8.6% 15.3%
East Wenatchee 24 13,403 18.4% 10.4%
Quincy 25 7,075 10.8% 13.8%
Oak Harbor 26 22,220 23.2% 9.8%
Port Townsend 27 9,168 45.3% 10.4%
Toppenish 28 9,007 7.2% 11.9%
Spokane 29 210,142 28.6% 9.5%
Ferndale 30 12,040 26.0% 10.0%
Sunnyside 31 16,038 9.8% 11.8%
Port Orchard 32 12,715 24.7% 12.0%
Vancouver 33 165,554 25.1% 11.3%
Pacific 34 6,845 13.5% 13.5%
Othello 35 7,524 13.3% 10.4%
Mount Vernon 36 32,356 20.3% 9.4%
Gig Harbor 37 7,620 44.6% 11.2%
Wenatchee 38 32,627 24.2% 7.9%
Ephrata 39 7,888 19.8% 6.7%
Yelm 40 7,398 22.0% 11.8%
Bremerton 41 38,664 19.4% 11.2%
Ellensburg 42 18,455 39.8% 9.6%
Connell 43 5,130 5.3% 7.1%
Sumner 44 9,548 17.0% 8.8%
Everett 45 104,708 21.0% 10.9%
Arlington 46 18,370 14.8% 10.4%
Bellingham 47 82,080 40.7% 9.6%
Tacoma 48 201,794 25.5% 11.3%
Olympia 49 47,847 43.4% 9.0%
Cheney 50 11,014 42.5% 12.5%
Lacey 51 44,031 31.0% 9.4%
Tukwila 52 19,573 21.7% 11.1%
Liberty Lake 53 8,027 44.7% 9.9%
University Place 54 31,670 34.9% 12.5%
Woodland 55 5,535 17.2% 14.1%
Stanwood 56 6,468 22.9% 7.6%
Washougal 57 14,563 23.9% 12.1%
Lynden 58 12,579 26.1% 6.2%
Fircrest 59 6,592 41.1% 8.6%
Anacortes 60 15,965 37.1% 6.8%
Puyallup 61 38,092 24.6% 10.4%
Kennewick 62 75,971 22.3% 6.5%
Tumwater 63 18,128 34.2% 6.3%
SeaTac 64 27,606 18.8% 10.1%
College Place 65 8,905 28.2% 5.5%
Pullman 66 30,851 65.0% 9.1%
Marysville 67 62,472 18.1% 10.3%
Selah 68 7,328 33.4% 5.0%
Des Moines 69 30,403 23.0% 8.9%
Pasco 70 65,858 15.5% 7.7%
Fife 71 9,346 19.5% 9.1%
Auburn 72 73,403 22.5% 9.5%
Milton 73 7,260 22.7% 7.9%
Burien 74 49,291 23.1% 8.5%
Richland 75 51,116 43.7% 6.5%
Edgewood 76 9,538 23.6% 8.2%
Battle Ground 77 18,168 20.4% 8.7%
West Richland 78 12,680 32.5% 8.0%
Orting 79 6,941 17.0% 9.3%
Snohomish 80 9,326 24.0% 6.7%
Enumclaw 81 11,388 17.7% 7.4%
Lynnwood 82 36,267 26.4% 8.1%
Kent 83 122,620 24.3% 9.4%
Poulsbo 84 9,436 35.2% 5.3%
Steilacoom 85 6,083 34.6% 6.1%
Federal Way 86 91,676 25.7% 8.7%
Mercer Island 87 23,636 75.6% 4.5%
Mountlake Terrace 88 20,318 26.7% 7.5%
Bellevue 89 132,268 62.1% 7.1%
Monroe 90 17,564 19.2% 8.3%
Normandy Park 91 6,491 53.7% 7.2%
Shoreline 92 54,254 43.2% 8.7%
North Bend 93 6,127 38.9% 5.7%
DuPont 94 8,851 48.4% 5.0%
Redmond 95 56,704 62.4% 5.8%
Renton 96 95,479 31.7% 7.5%
Lake Stevens 97 29,258 22.2% 8.5%
Edmonds 98 40,343 47.1% 6.3%
Seattle 99 637,850 57.9% 6.5%
Bothell 100 34,920 45.5% 7.8%
Kirkland 101 83,320 55.6% 7.0%
Issaquah 102 32,551 60.1% 6.0%
Camas 103 20,458 42.0% 7.0%
Lake Forest Park 104 12,938 56.7% 7.3%
Bainbridge Island 105 23,206 66.6% 7.2%
Bonney Lake 106 18,040 22.2% 8.0%
Mukilteo 107 20,635 48.2% 6.1%
Woodinville 108 11,201 52.7% 5.3%
Mill Creek 109 18,667 47.8% 4.8%
Kenmore 110 21,263 49.1% 7.1%
Duvall 111 7,185 41.6% 9.2%
Brier 112 6,255 35.4% 7.7%
Ridgefield 113 5,373 30.5% 8.0%
Maple Valley 114 24,040 35.1% 8.5%
Covington 115 18,361 29.5% 7.0%
Newcastle 116 10,792 62.9% 5.0%
Sammamish 117 49,077 72.5% 4.4%
Snoqualmie 118 11,625 59.8% 4.7%

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