These Are The 10 Laziest Places In Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin” based on data:

  1. Antigo
  2. Rice Lake
  3. Marinette
  4. Rhinelander
  5. Wisconsin Rapids
  6. Waupaca
  7. Chippewa Falls
  8. Prairie Du Chien
  9. Superior
  10. Merrill

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, Muskego is the hardest-working place in WI.

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How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Badger 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 Wisconsin:

  • 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 141 places in Wisconsin over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 141 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 Wisconsin”. And, at the end of the day, Antigo 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. Antigo

Antigo - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,075College Educated: 12.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

2. Rice Lake

Rice Lake - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,353 College Educated: 18.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

3. Marinette

Marinette - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,890College Educated: 14.8%
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

4. Rhinelander

Rhinelander - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,642College Educated: 18.5%
Unemployment Rate: 11.5%

5. Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,162College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%

6. Waupaca

Waupaca - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,016College Educated: 15.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%

7. Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,803College Educated: 21.1%
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%

8. Prairie Du Chien

Prairie Du Chien - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,829College Educated: 15.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

9. Superior

Superior - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,932College Educated: 22.4%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%

10. Merrill

Merrill - Laziest Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,491College Educated: 14.6%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

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

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Antigo 1 8,075 12.1% 7.3%
Rice Lake 2 8,353 18.3% 9.9%
Marinette 3 10,890 14.8% 8.1%
Rhinelander 4 7,642 18.5% 11.5%
Wisconsin Rapids 5 18,162 15.3% 7.8%
Waupaca 6 6,016 15.4% 7.5%
Chippewa Falls 7 13,803 21.1% 9.6%
Prairie du Chien 8 5,829 15.9% 6.5%
Superior 9 26,932 22.4% 8.6%
Merrill 10 9,491 14.6% 7.7%
Manitowoc 11 33,443 21.8% 8.2%
Racine 12 78,347 17.2% 13.2%
Sparta 13 9,610 18.9% 9.0%
New London 14 7,091 15.4% 9.4%
Beloit 15 36,876 15.4% 14.5%
Wausau 16 39,209 25.1% 9.3%
Ashland 17 8,167 29.1% 9.4%
Richland Center 18 5,128 20.2% 6.3%
Sturgeon Bay 19 9,093 25.6% 7.5%
Sheboygan 20 48,918 18.5% 8.6%
Shawano 21 9,202 17.5% 5.9%
Berlin 22 5,451 13.4% 6.6%
Fond du Lac 23 43,007 22.1% 8.9%
Sheboygan Falls 24 7,796 23.7% 8.3%
Two Rivers 25 11,577 18.2% 6.3%
Tomah 26 9,281 18.6% 5.5%
Baraboo 27 12,046 21.3% 8.9%
Beaver Dam 28 16,331 18.9% 7.1%
Monroe 29 10,807 20.0% 5.2%
Cudahy 30 18,321 20.9% 10.5%
Green Bay 31 104,574 23.1% 8.3%
Milwaukee 32 598,078 22.8% 13.1%
Mayville 33 5,086 12.6% 7.5%
Ashwaubenon 34 17,065 26.8% 8.1%
Janesville 35 63,674 21.5% 9.2%
Marshfield 36 18,514 25.8% 5.9%
St. Francis 37 9,488 27.3% 10.0%
Kimberly 38 6,590 22.6% 5.8%
Reedsburg 39 9,411 17.2% 4.2%
West Allis 40 60,595 22.4% 7.9%
Delavan 41 8,467 16.2% 8.0%
Menasha 42 17,535 21.7% 6.3%
Plymouth 43 8,408 28.8% 5.9%
Oshkosh 44 66,430 24.8% 6.5%
South Milwaukee 45 21,210 18.8% 9.8%
Watertown 46 23,899 22.8% 11.4%
Waupun 47 11,336 10.1% 4.4%
Stevens Point 48 26,778 34.2% 9.7%
Fort Atkinson 49 12,436 26.8% 6.3%
Portage 50 10,227 18.2% 6.4%
Plover 51 12,195 31.6% 7.3%
Weston 52 14,937 24.0% 7.7%
North Fond du Lac 53 5,000 11.3% 5.3%
Ripon 54 7,699 23.4% 5.8%
Elkhorn 55 10,020 21.8% 10.1%
Burlington 56 10,528 18.5% 8.6%
Greenfield 57 36,990 26.7% 6.8%
Kenosha 58 99,709 23.0% 12.0%
Milton 59 5,562 23.6% 8.6%
La Crosse 60 51,864 30.6% 6.2%
Monona 61 7,711 44.4% 6.2%
Altoona 62 6,940 30.6% 6.4%
Mount Pleasant 63 26,220 33.0% 7.8%
Sturtevant 64 6,981 15.6% 5.2%
Brown Deer 65 12,067 38.6% 7.5%
New Richmond 66 8,501 23.8% 11.1%
Bellevue 67 14,936 24.9% 4.9%
Menomonie 68 16,219 31.1% 7.1%
Allouez 69 13,948 38.7% 6.2%
Neenah 70 25,697 29.3% 4.9%
Lake Geneva 71 7,693 29.5% 8.7%
Edgerton 72 5,478 20.9% 6.8%
Jefferson 73 7,968 17.1% 5.1%
Eau Claire 74 67,036 32.6% 6.0%
Greendale 75 14,208 38.9% 6.8%
Pewaukee 76 8,233 37.2% 5.8%
Little Chute 77 10,520 21.7% 5.5%
Holmen 78 9,335 23.3% 5.7%
Onalaska 79 18,148 35.7% 5.5%
Howard 80 18,313 27.4% 6.2%
De Pere 81 24,216 34.5% 6.5%
West Bend 82 31,496 26.1% 6.7%
Glendale 83 12,893 52.7% 4.9%
Kaukauna 84 15,649 21.3% 5.5%
Columbus 85 5,014 31.2% 9.2%
Twin Lakes 86 6,033 22.6% 9.0%
Whitewater 87 14,801 35.1% 7.6%
Rothschild 88 5,279 24.9% 4.0%
Appleton 89 72,861 31.9% 4.5%
Jackson 90 6,773 24.0% 6.8%
Hales Corners 91 7,749 35.6% 5.9%
Slinger 92 5,131 24.7% 4.9%
Madison 93 239,848 55.0% 5.8%
Pleasant Prairie 94 20,015 34.4% 8.7%
Caledonia 95 24,689 31.1% 7.4%
Middleton 96 18,185 56.0% 5.7%
Waterford 97 5,346 26.5% 8.0%
Hartford 98 14,251 21.9% 4.5%
Fitchburg 99 26,050 45.9% 6.2%
Brookfield 100 37,971 57.7% 5.3%
Mequon 101 23,300 63.9% 5.3%
Waukesha 102 71,083 34.4% 6.0%
Platteville 103 11,480 32.3% 4.2%
Shorewood 104 13,245 67.6% 4.9%
Oak Creek 105 34,823 29.1% 6.2%
Wauwatosa 106 46,838 55.8% 4.6%
Cedarburg 107 11,485 55.7% 6.2%
Stoughton 108 12,886 36.9% 5.6%
Elm Grove 109 5,985 75.9% 4.1%
Menomonee Falls 110 35,828 40.8% 4.9%
Lake Hallie 111 6,550 26.0% 4.0%
Sun Prairie 112 30,601 42.5% 5.6%
Germa 113 19,791 38.6% 6.4%
New Berlin 114 39,712 40.6% 5.1%
Port Washington 115 11,401 37.7% 5.5%
Delafield 116 7,136 51.3% 5.5%
Fox Point 117 6,695 76.5% 4.1%
Hudson 118 13,023 46.7% 5.1%
Lake Mills 119 5,768 34.2% 5.1%
Suamico 120 11,621 33.7% 5.6%
Hartland 121 9,161 38.8% 5.3%
Oregon 122 9,629 37.3% 5.8%
Mukwonago 123 7,426 30.7% 3.8%
Whitefish Bay 124 14,132 75.8% 4.8%
Hobart 125 6,951 39.1% 4.8%
Oconomowoc 126 15,990 39.8% 5.5%
Mount Horeb 127 7,286 36.6% 4.4%
Franklin 128 35,920 34.1% 4.6%
Kronenwetter 129 7,330 31.7% 4.7%
Grafton 130 11,539 40.3% 3.6%
Richfield 131 11,365 36.6% 6.1%
River Falls 132 15,050 39.8% 5.8%
Verona 133 11,353 50.5% 3.3%
McFarland 134 8,009 49.1% 2.1%
Pewaukee 135 13,599 48.8% 4.1%
Evansville 136 5,089 24.2% 4.1%
Waunakee 137 12,613 50.5% 4.2%
Cottage Grove 138 6,533 45.1% 4.5%
Sussex 139 10,632 35.8% 3.6%
DeForest 140 9,232 34.4% 3.5%
Muskego 141 24,387 33.6% 4.0%

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