These Are The 10 Laziest Cities In Minnesota

We used science and data to determine which MN cities need a kick in the butt.

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We all know lazy people. Heck, you might look in the mirror and see a lazy person staring right back at you.

Hey, we’re not hating. We all like long naps, lounging around on a Saturday and wasting time on Reddit and World of Warcraft.

But there are lazy people and then there are LAZY people. There’s a big difference.

Today, we’re going to determine which cities in Minnesota are the absolute laziest. How? By measuring data. Because the data never lies.

After crunching the numbers, here are the Laziest Cities in Minnesota:

  1. Grand Rapids
  2. Hermantown
  3. Hibbing
  4. Little Falls
  5. Cloquet
  6. Virginia
  7. Detroit Lakes
  8. Brainerd
  9. Cambridge
  10. Waseca

Read on below to see how your town ranked and how we crunched the numbers. And if you live in one of these cities, it’s hot time you got a fire under your butt and left the house once in a while.


How do you determine how lazy a city is?

In order to rank the laziest cities in Minnesota, we had to determine what criteria makes a city’s residents lazier than others. There are two basic criteria that we used. The unemployment rate is a good indication of who has a job. But it’s not always that easy.

So, once we had the cities with the highest unemployment rates, we then crunched the numbers on the number of hours people in those cities worked per week. Because when you’re out of work, that doesn’t mean you don’t ‘work’ right?

To make it even more interesting, we measured the number of gyms per capita as well.

How we crunched the numbers

Using the latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the U.S. Census and Yelp, we generated a ranking of each city based on the following criteria:

  • Each city’s unemployment rate
  • Hours worked each week, on average, by city
  • Number of gyms per city

1. Grand Rapids

Population: 10,989

Grand Rapids, MN

Wow, Grand Rapids. There are some lazy days in your week. According to the data, it looks like you’re the laziest city in the state of Minnesota. So, roll out of bed and give yourself a bow.

Grand Rapids has the 2nd highest unemployment in Minnesota at 7.1%. In addition, 22% reported to the U.S. Census that they worked zero hours each week.

And, women are apparently lazier than men here. 25% of women said they didn’t work a single hour.

There are three gyms in Grand Rapids as well. Which is really low. So not only are people in Grand Rapids not working, they’re not working out very much, either.

2. Hermantown

Population: 9,605

Hermantown, MN

Just outside of Duluth is the city of Hermantown. Hermantown’s unemployment rate is 5.7%, which is 9th worst in the state.

But 1 in 5 residents reported that they didn’t work a lick at all.

3. Hibbing

Population: 16,301

Hibbing, MN

Hibbing residents actually work even less than Hermantown folks do. At least that’s what they told the government. A whopping 23% of people in Hibbing work zero hours each week.

5.7% of Hibbing residents are unemployed. However, there are 6 gyms in Hibbing. So at least maybe lots of their residents not in the workforce are at least in shape.

Bob Dylan grew up in Hibbing, by the way. He sure had to work hard to get to where he got.

4. Little Falls

Population: 8,232

Little Falls, MN

Who has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Minnesota? Little Falls does. At 7.4%, folks here are by far the least employed in all the land of a million lakes.

To make matters worse, 21% of people in Little Falls reported that they didn’t work at all.

5. Cloquet

Population: 12,483

Cloquet, MN

Cloquet has a 6.5% unemployment rate, which is the 3rd highest in Minnesota. Plus, 19% of residents have decided that working at all is just not in their blood.

Did you know actress Jessica Lange is from Cloquet? Do you think she became famous by not working hard? Not a chance.

6. Virginia

Population: 8,612

Virginia, MN

We’ve seen Virginia before on a couple of our lists. They’re one of the worst cities to live in Minnesota, and one of the drunkest.

And now, the trifecta. They’re one of the laziest. Well, when 29% of you have decided not to work a single hour every week, that’s a bad sign.

7. Detroit Lakes

Population: 8,897

Detroit Lakes, MN

Detroit Lakes has the 12th highest (5.5%) unemployment rate, and its residents work the 12th least amount of hours every week.

There are only 5 gyms in the Detroit City. So, while Detroit Lakes isn’t the laziest in terms of hours logged, it appears as if they are far below average when it comes to self discipline.

8. Brainerd

Population: 13,394

Northern Pacific Railroad Shops Historic District in Brainerd, MN

Like Virginia, Brainerd has appeared on our worst and drunk list. When you have the 3rd least employed residents and the 5th lowest number of hours actually worked, it’s pretty clear that the data coincides with other stories we’ve written.

Brainerd, located in central Minnesota, is considered a major tourist draw, according to Wikipedia. Therefore, there should be plenty of opportunities for jobs.

9. Cambridge

Population: 8,300

The original Isanti County Courthouse in Cambridge, MN

A total of 6.3% of Cambridge residents are unemployed, which is the 6th highest in the state. And residents have attempted to work at least one hour a week only 82% of the time, which is the 10th lowest in Minnesota.

Cambridge calls itself, “Minnesota’s Opportunity Community.” Which means there’s no excuse for not joining the workforce, doesn’t it?

10. Waseca

Population: 9,733

Waseca, MN

Waseca’s individual numbers aren’t horrible, but across the board, it seems as if the residents here are just generally lazy. More than 5% don’t have jobs, and almost 1 in 5 hadn’t attempted to work a lick in the last U.S. Census reporting cycle.

Waseca is home to Quad/Graphics, a brand new water park, a Federal Corrections Institution, a large medical center, and the Birds Eye Brand packing plant,. So even if you know nothing about graphic design, life guarding, tazing prisoners or handing out medicine, at least you can lift some boxes on the weekend, right?

Maybe not.

There You Have It

If you’re looking at which of Minnesota’s largest cities have the laziest residents, this is a fair list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the hardest-working cities in Minnesota, according to government figures:

  1. Moorhead (2.9% unemployment)
  2. Woodbury (3%)
  3. Eden Prairie (3%)
  4. Maple Grove (3.1%)
  5. Edina (3.1%)

Disclaimer: This article is an opinion based on data. It should not be taken as fact.

Desktop users, here’s a chart of the top 100 cities in Minnesota, from laziest to hardest working:

City Rank
grand_rapids 1
hermantown 2
hibbing 3
little_falls 4
cloquet 5
virginia 6
detroit_lakes 7
brainerd 8
cambridge 9
waseca 10
bemidji 11
otsego 12
elk_river 13
north_branch 14
big_lake 15
hutchinson 16
thief_river_falls 17
monticello 18
sauk_rapids 19
buffalo 20
st._michael 21
fergus_falls 22
white_bear_lake 23
duluth 24
northfield 25
faribault 26
east_grand_forks 27
new_ulm 27
fairmont 29
willmar 30
albert_lea 31
brooklyn_center 32
oak_grove 33
east_bethel 34
ham_lake 35
sartell 36
red_wing 37
anoka 38
columbia_heights 39
lino_lakes 40
ramsey 41
oakdale 42
owatonna 43
fridley 44
andover 45
coon_rapids 46
st._cloud 47
st._paul 48
waconia 49
chanhassen 50
chaska 51
arden_hills 52
little_canada 53
north_st._paul 54
mounds_view 55
vadnais_heights 55
new_brighton 57
maplewood 58
brooklyn_park 59
prior_lake 60
austin 61
savage 62
winona 63
mendota_heights 64
marshall 64
west_st._paul 66
south_st._paul 67
farmington 68
rosemount 69
hastings 70
shakopee 71
blaine 72
burnsville 73
minneapolis 74
lake_elmo 75
st._anthony_(hennepin_and_ramsey_counties) 76
mound 77
rogers 78
alexandria 79
hugo 80
robbinsdale 81
hopkins 82
stillwater 83
forest_lake 84
new_hope 85
golden_valley 86
crystal 86
champlin 88
inver_grove_heights 89
lakeville 90
bloomington 91
rochester 92
mankato 93
cottage_grove 94
worthington 95
roseville 96
richfield 97
eagan 98
apple_valley 99
minnetonka 100
plymouth 101
st._peter 102
north_mankato 103
shoreview 104
st._louis_park 105
edina 106
maple_grove 107
eden_prairie 108
woodbury 109
moorhead 110

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.