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:
- Grand Rapids
- Little Falls
- Detroit Lakes
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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?
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:
- Moorhead (2.9% unemployment)
- Woodbury (3%)
- Eden Prairie (3%)
- Maple Grove (3.1%)
- 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: