These Are The 10 Laziest Places In West Virginia

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 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 West 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 West 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 West Virginia” based on data:

  1. Keyser
  2. Parkersburg
  3. Moundsville
  4. New Martinsville
  5. Grafton
  6. Huntington
  7. Princeton
  8. Dunbar
  9. Elkins
  10. Bluefield

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, Charles Town is the hardest-working place in WV.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Mountain 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 West 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 27 places in West Virginia over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 27 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 West Virginia”. And, at the end of the day, Keyser 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. Keyser

Keyser - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350College Educated: 15.5%
Unemployment Rate: 18.5%

2. Parkersburg

Parkersburg - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,195College Educated: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

3. Moundsville

Moundsville - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,960College Educated: 12.0%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

4. New Martinsville

New Martinsville - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,322College Educated: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%

5. Grafton

Grafton - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,179College Educated: 8.8%
Unemployment Rate: 13.0%

6. Huntington

Huntington - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,053College Educated: 28.7%
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

7. Princeton

Princeton - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,387College Educated: 19.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

8. Dunbar

Dunbar - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,844 College Educated: 20.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%

9. Elkins

Elkins - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241College Educated: 29.5%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

10. Bluefield

Bluefield - Laziest West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,465College Educated: 24.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Keyser 1 5,350 15.5% 18.5%
Parkersburg 2 31,195 14.5% 10.5%
Moundsville 3 8,960 12.0% 10.2%
New Martinsville 4 5,322 14.1% 6.8%
Grafton 5 5,179 8.8% 13.0%
Huntington 6 49,053 28.7% 9.0%
Princeton 7 6,387 19.3% 9.1%
Dunbar 8 7,844 20.0% 9.4%
Elkins 9 7,241 29.5% 9.9%
Bluefield 10 10,465 24.0% 4.9%
Beckley 11 17,529 24.0% 7.9%
Oak Hill 12 8,270 15.7% 8.3%
Buckhannon 13 5,646 27.7% 8.6%
Wheeling 14 28,129 28.0% 6.1%
Vienna 15 10,654 25.7% 6.2%
Martinsburg 16 17,508 19.6% 14.3%
Clarksburg 17 16,437 21.3% 7.8%
Morgantown 18 30,133 47.8% 8.1%
South Charleston 19 13,380 30.1% 4.0%
Weirton 20 19,523 19.8% 6.7%
Charleston 21 50,911 39.3% 6.6%
Nitro 22 6,860 18.6% 2.6%
Fairmont 23 18,746 23.7% 5.9%
St. Albans 24 10,939 24.2% 6.5%
Bridgeport 25 8,316 43.5% 6.2%
Hurricane 26 6,352 28.0% 6.0%
Charles Town 27 5,464 29.6% 9.7%
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