How lazy are Minnesotans? Check out these 'couch potato' rankings

Author:
Updated:
Original:

If you're reading this from your La-Z-Boy while watching daytime TV and tucking into some frozen pizza, then you could be one of Minnesota's couch potatoes.

The Washington Post published national rankings Thursday that indicate just how "couch potato-ey" American states are, and Minnesota is ... somewhere in the middle.

The newspaper used this research by the Estately Blog, which ranked each state based on seven different indicators, as its jumping off point.

These indicators included: How long people spend watching TV; how many fast food restaurants there are; Facebook interest in daytime soap operas; exercise frequency; Google searches for frozen pizza; number of La-Z-Boy dealers; and Google searches for watching and renting video games.

In the Estately Blog rankings, Minnesota was actually found to be the fourth-least couch potato-ey (yes, we're making that an adjective) state, behind Hawaii, Colorado and Utah.

Minnesotans love frozen pizza

But the Washington Post went further, "standardizing" the results by giving the highest ranking state in each category a score of 100, the lowest a score of 0, with those in the middle given a score based on where they fit between those two points.

This saw Minnesota place in the middle of the couch potato rankings – partly because of the state's apparent love of frozen pizza.

According to the research, Minnesota had the second-highest number of Google searches for frozen pizza in the country – only behind Wisconsin (which is way, way out front in first place).

On the other side of the coin, Minnesotans are less interested in watching, renting or playing video games (fourth-lowest score), and also are less inclined to recline, with only one La-Z-Boy retailer for every 1.084 million residents in the state (note: other recliner brands are available), compared to one for every 231,437 people Delaware.

Minnesotans also aren't particular fans of daytime soap operas, while the state ranked in the middle for fast food restaurants and the amount of exercise undertaken in the past 30 days.

The exercise findings might be somewhat surprising, given that the Twin Cities was recently ranked the second healthiest metro area in the United States by the American Fitness Index – though it notes the number of people regularly exercising had declined.

In spite of this apparently average level of exercising, a study by JAMA Internal Medicine recently found that Minnesota has fared better than fellow upper Midwestern states in terms of obesity, being the only one to reduce its obesity rate over the past five years, WCCO reports.

The Estately research also recognized Minnesota's relatively low obesity rate.

The Midwest was found to be about in the middle in the Washington Post's rankings, with the biggest couch potatoes tending to be in the eastern, southern, and southeastern United States.

West Virginia was found to have the most couch potatoes, followed by Alabama and Mississippi, with Wyoming having the fewest.

Next Up

ambulance

2 killed in separate incidents in Minneapolis hours apart Thursday

One man was killed in a triple shooting, the other fatally stabbed in an apparent domestic incident.

duluth police department

'Dangerous situation' in Duluth, public asked to stay away after suspect kills K9

It started on Thursday evening and has continued into Friday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher basketball

Gophers offense disappears in loss to Northwestern

The Gophers are quickly falling out of NCAA tournament contention.

Malik Beasley

Timberwolves Malik Beasley suspended 12 games for offseason incident

Beasley was sentenced to 120 days in jail earlier this month.

Russell Wilson

Vikings fans should REALLY hope Russell Wilson doesn't go to the Bears

Wilson has a 6-0 record against Minnesota and could be on his way to the NFC North.

Ostroushko

Celebrated Minnesota musician Peter Ostroushko dies

Ostroushko, who learned his craft in the Ukrainian community of Northeast Minneapolis, had a versatile career including performances with popular artists and orchestras

Costco_Wholesale_Store_(34635636926)

Costco will bump its minimum wage to $16 next week

The company, which has 12 stores in Minnesota, is pushing ahead of retailers Target and Amazon with its new minimum wage

Seth Green/Gopher Football

Gophers wildcat QB Seth Green announces decision to transfer

Green will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis pays 3 times more than it receives in state funds, new report says

This report comes as state lawmakers are debating proposals opponents say would "bail out" the state's largest city.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Is Kirk Cousins' contract extension helping or hurting the Vikings?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 11.04.21 AM

How Minnesotans rank in the Forbes 2019 Billionaire List

We know you'll be anxious to hear they're doing well.

Olympic rower was college couch potato

U.S. Olympic team member and Twin Cities native Megan Kalmoe rowed her way from fat to fit, and now she is headed to the London Games.