No. 1 Laziest State: Louisiana

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No. 1 Laziest State: Louisiana


Time sleeping: 8 hours, 44 minutes*
Time watching TV: 3 hours, 5 minutes*
Time relaxing and thinking: 29 minutes*
Time socializing: 54 minutes*
Time working (averaged over total population ages 15 and older): 2 hours, 41 minutes*
Median age: 35.1**
Obesity ranking: No. 5 (31.2 percent) ***

We aren't trying to beat up on Louisiana. Goodness knows, between Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill, the state has been through some tough times in recent years. But the statistics speak for themselves: Residents of the state (which happens to be the country's third-poorest) watch more television per day than any other Americans except South Carolinians. They also rank third for being the most social, which includes entertaining and talking with friends, family, and other acquaintances. The average time spent working among all Louisianans is shorter than all other states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). (The data were compiled before the Gulf Oil Spill so they do not reflect recent spill-related layoffs.)

Source on all slides: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; **U.S. Census Bureau; ***Trust for America's Health

Note: All time estimates are based on the BLS American Time Use Survey and are averaged across the population ages 15 and older in each state, excluding persons residing in institutions such as nursing homes, prisons, and jails. The averages include people who did not do the activity at all. The figures are based on 2004-08 averages and were compiled in 2009. State obesity rates, a 2007-09 three-year average, are listed as a reference, but were not included to determine the ranking.