These Are the Laziest States in the U.S.

Research shows that these American states work the least.

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Where you live affects many factors of your life: your physical health, happiness, and yes, even your work ethic. It turns out that some states have more productive employees compared to others who are, well, a little more lax. This is why financial services website WalletHub analyzed data to determine the states where people work the hardest—and those that are the laziest.

According to the World Economic Forum, Americans work an average of 1,780 hours per year and only use 54 percent of their PTO benefits. However, that's not true of all regions in the country. In order to determine the laziest states in the country, WalletHub evaluated 10 metrics—ranging from the average number of workweek hours and unused vacation time to the amount of workers with multiple jobs. (Visit WalletHub to learn more about the methodology behind the scoring system.) Based on the weighted value of those metrics, each state was given a total score for how hard-working they are. Here are the 10 laziest states in the U.S. And for the places where residents are the most unhappy, These Are the Saddest States in the U.S.

10
Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, downtown cityscape from above at dusk.
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Total score: 40.04

9
Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA cityscape at dusk.
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Total score: 39.37

And for the worst places to live in terms of your physical health, check out The 10 Unhealthiest States in America.

8
Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Total score: 39.05

7
New York

New York City Skyline
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Total score: 39.03

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6
Connecticut

Hartford, CT skyline
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Total score: 37.51

5
Ohio

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Total score: 36.46

4
Michigan

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Total score: 33.88

And for the places where people are the most content, These Are the Happiest States in the U.S.

3
Rhode Island

downtown providence rhode island
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Total score: 32.97

2
New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
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Total score: 32.08

1
West Virginia

Panorama of WVU Coliseum Arena and campus of West Virginia University with river Monongahela in Morgantown, West Virginia
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Total score: 30.04

And if you're not getting enough shut-eye, it could be because you live in one of The Most Sleep-Deprived States in the U.S.

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