This Is the Laziest State in America

The state enjoys kicking back and taking it slow more than any other place in the country.

Binge-watching your favorite shows, sleeping in, and taking a day off from your workout routine are great ways to get in some rest and relaxation—two things that most of us could probably use a lot more of. But do those things too often and you'll find yourself becoming a little too sedentary, though you certainly wouldn't be the only one in that boat. According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, researchers at Stanford University analyzed smartphone step counters around the world and found that Americans averaged just over 4,700 steps per day, which was near the bottom of the pack. (Hong Kong, for instance, averaged the most with 6,880 steps daily.) But, where in the U.S. are people the least active? At Best Life, we analyzed a series of data points to determine the laziest state in America.

We first looked at a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the percentage of adults in each state who experience short sleep duration, which is defined as seven hours or less per any 24-hour period. (We've included the high end of the CDCs estimated percentage range.) It's important to note that while we acknowledge that sleeping too much or too little could be the result of a physical or mental health condition, not necessarily laziness, it does often play a factor in how active your lifestyle is. We also used CDC data to determine the percentage of adults in each state who self-reported being physically inactive, meaning they had not engaged in any form of physical exercise in the past month.

In addition to the CDC data, we calculated the number of gyms, fitness centers, and other workout facilities per 100,000 people in each state, using a report from Exercise.com. Finally, using data from Verizon, which examined Google Trends data and other sources, we included the total time each state's residents spend watching TV every day, on average.

Each of the four metrics were then given a weighted value and plugged into our exclusive algorithm to see where all 50 states ranked on our 100-point scale Lazy Index, with 100 being the laziest score possible. Read on to find out if your hometown is in the laziest state in America. And for the part of the country that's all about themselves, check out This Is the Most Selfish State in America.

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50
Minnesota

aerial view of the town of Winona, Minnesota
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 21.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 10.34

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:33:50

Lazy Index Score: 0.00

49
Alaska

purple flowers and mountain in Valdez, Alaska
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 20.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.20

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:20:24

Lazy Index Score: 7.32

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Connecticut

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 22.70 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.61

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:41:03

Lazy Index Score: 16.43

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Colorado

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 17.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.11

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:28:22

Lazy Index Score: 17.32

46
Hawaii

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 21.60 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.67

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:32:58

Lazy Index Score: 20.96

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Wisconsin

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 21.40 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.46

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:39:09

Lazy Index Score: 21.11

44
New Hampshire

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 21.80 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.27

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:40:22

Lazy Index Score: 24.60

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Washington

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 18.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.41

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:35:15

Lazy Index Score: 29.61

42
Utah

orange rocks and mountains in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah at sunrise
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 18.60 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.41

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:13:55

Lazy Index Score: 32.30

41
Rhode Island

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island at sunset
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 25.90 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.19

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:47:26

Lazy Index Score: 32.47

40
Virginia

a bridge over and rocks on the James River in Richmond, Virginia
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.79

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:54:03

Lazy Index Score: 33.02

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Maine

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 23.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.86

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:17:37

Lazy Index Score: 34.03

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Vermont

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 20.50 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.28

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:19:43

Lazy Index Score: 41.41

37
Oregon

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 19.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.52

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:46:23

Lazy Index Score: 44.98

36
California

Sunrise at Hot Creek Geological Site in Mono County, California
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 20.40 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.52

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:39:03

Lazy Index Score: 46.36

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South Dakota

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 22.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.93

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:02:21

Lazy Index Score: 46.62

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Maryland

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 23.90 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.49

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:53:23

Lazy Index Score: 46.76

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Michigan

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 25.10 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.20

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:02:22

Lazy Index Score: 46.84

32
Massachusetts

lighthouse, townhouse, and empty road in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 23.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.05

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:57:52

Lazy Index Score: 47.29

31
Indiana

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 28.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.08

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:04:35

Lazy Index Score: 48.84

30
Iowa

Des Moines River, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Van Buren County, Iowa
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.40

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:07:56

Lazy Index Score: 49.88

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Nebraska

trees, sand hills and a bridge overcasting Dismal River in Nebraska Sandhills, Nebraska
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.08

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:59:41

Lazy Index Score: 49.93

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Montana

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 22.50 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.66

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:36:39

Lazy Index Score: 50.01

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Idaho

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 21.50 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.06

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:56:41

Lazy Index Score: 50.50

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26
New Mexico

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 22.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.81

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:52:06

Lazy Index Score: 54.10

25
North Dakota

cityscape photo of shop, railroad track, and train in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in the snow
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.60 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.86

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:34:29

Lazy Index Score: 56.87

24
Pennsylvania

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.80 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.27

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:13:50

Lazy Index Score: 57.34

23
South Carolina

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 27.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.38

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:22:23

Lazy Index Score: 58.80

22
Ohio

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 27.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.15

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:19:40

Lazy Index Score: 59.41

21
Arizona

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 23.70 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.76

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:57:36

Lazy Index Score: 60.82

20
Georgia

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 28.50 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.69

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:26:29

Lazy Index Score: 61.24

19
Illinois

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.30 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.26

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:08:03

Lazy Index Score: 61.66

18
Wyoming

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.10 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.15

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:14:32

Lazy Index Score: 64.04

17
North Carolina

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 24.70 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.44

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:50:50

Lazy Index Score: 64.43

16
Kansas

green trees and Hamilton Lake at sunset in Garland County, Arkansas
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 31.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 25.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.64

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:56:30

Lazy Index Score: 65.04

15
Missouri

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 26.80 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.40

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:02:37

Lazy Index Score: 65.85

14
Louisiana

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 30.90 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 7.26

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:41:20

Lazy Index Score: 66.68

13
New York

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 26.60 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 3.11

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:52:31

Lazy Index Score: 67.87

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12
Tennessee

fall trees reflecting on the shoreline of Bay Mountain Lake Park in Kingsport, Tennessee
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 30.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.14

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 2:56:36

Lazy Index Score: 67.94

11
Delaware

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 28.40 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 6.30

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:47:09

Lazy Index Score: 70.52

10
Alabama

waterfall at little river canyon national preserve in alabama
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 31.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.51

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:27:25

Lazy Index Score: 70.86

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9
Nevada

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 25.60 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.83

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:34:53

Lazy Index Score: 71.72

8
Texas

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 34.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 27.90 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 5.06

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:04:35

Lazy Index Score: 73.17

7
Florida

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 28.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.90

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:21:39

Lazy Index Score: 73.42

6
Kentucky

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 32.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.94

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:21:29

Lazy Index Score: 77.79

5
New Jersey

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 28.70 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.53

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:19:55

Lazy Index Score: 78.46

4
Oklahoma

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 30.20 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.56

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:36:34

Lazy Index Score: 88.81

3
Arkansas

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 32.50 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.48

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:24:52

Lazy Index Score: 92.22

2
Mississippi

cityscape photos of a traffic on a street next to the Biloxi Lighthouse in Biloxi, Mississippi at night
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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 37.9 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 33.00 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.55

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 3:29:20

Lazy Index Score: 94.70

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West Virginia

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Adults who regularly sleep seven hours or less: 44.1 percent

Adult residents living a sedentary lifestyle: 29.80 percent

Number of gyms per 100,000 residents: 4.53

Time spent watching TV each day per resident: 4:30:54

Lazy Index Score: 100.0

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