Do you know anyone whom you’d refer to as White trash? Most likely. Either there’s someone at your job, in your neighborhood, or in your family that you’d throw that label on.
Essentially, White trash is everywhere.
While calling someone White trash might be a mean-spirited way of ridiculing or poking fun at a particular demographic, it can also serve as a way to express disdain about the way someone lives their life. It isn’t as derogatory as using other racial slurs, and in fact, the term has a bit of humor associated with it, making it the focus of pop culture.
Take for instance Jerry Springer, Honey Boo Boo, Kid Rock, Eminem, Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite and even Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon movies.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, white trash is defined as:
“A term used broadly to define a person or group of persons whom embody the concepts of ignorance, racism, violence, alcoholism, poverty, and anglo-saxon ancestry. Similarly used with the term ‘cracker,’ ‘hillbilly’ or ‘redneck’.”
So, using some data crunching, we should be able to measure where the most White trash states are actually located.
After pouring over data, watching too many fist fights and perusing illiterate Facebook comments, we’ve determined these are the most White trash states in America:
- West Virginia
Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the states one by one.
How we determined the most white trash states in America?
Using publicly available government data, as well as Google Maps, we were able to collect the data on the following white trash metrics:
- States where there are lots of white people
- States where residents are poorer than average
- States where a high number of residents are high school dropouts
- High drug use
- Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets and bargain stores
- Violent states (measured in aggravated assaults)
- States with a high number of residents on welfare
We used the government Census for most of the data. For drug use and violence, we used FBI data, and for Cash Advance Outlets and bargain stores, we used Google Maps.
Next, then averaged all the ranks to create a “white trash index”.
In the end, West Virginia ended up being the the most white trash state in America. We also did an analysis on the 10 most White trash cities in America. Check it out!
1. West Virginia
Estimated White trash: 295,979
Estimated Meth Heads: 72,003
Payday Loan Outlets: 1st in America
Toss back a Natty Light, and suck down another Marlboro, West Virginia, because you’re the white trashiest state in of all in America.
Many of the folks here smell of cheap cigarettes, booze, and meth. And if you grew up here, there’s a decent chance you’ve attended some sort of White Trash Expo.
West Virginia ranks in the top 10% for several categories, including number of residents on welfare, most amount of high school dropouts, as well as a high number of payday loans per capita.
Is that heroin, meth, or blow many of your residents are doing? Fair question. The Mountain State could use a hug.
Don’t laugh Oklahoma. You weren’t too far out of the top 10 yourself.
Estimated White trash: 228,999
Estimated Meth Heads: 112,213
Bargain stores: 2nd in America
Tennessee sure does have some trashy folks. And, according to statistics, it has a major drug problem. Even the river rats are doing heroin. White Trash river rats? That should be a reality show for sure!
The Volunteer State ranks in the top 5 for three separate white trash metrics, including a high number of aggravated assaults, large percentage of welfare recipients, and a large number of bargain stores.
Here they have their own set of white trash problems. If you live here, there’s a good chance you know someone who is smokin’ meth.
Estimated White trash: 135,283
Estimated Meth Heads: 54,213
High school dropouts: 3rd in America
When it comes to defining proper white trash etiquette in Arkansas, always remember the cardinal rule: You need to be careful what you say in Arkansas because someone might come over and pop the wheels on your house.
Is that Ricky Bobby’s kid? Fair question, Sedalia. Your black and white checkered flag flies high over your state. But, don’t get your boxers in a bunch, we know the three things you don’t mess with in white trash land: racin’, drinkin’, and smokin’ meth.
Estimated White trash: 123,979
Estimated Meth Heads: 56,213
Assaults ranking: 3rd in the USA
Chances are, if you and your kids have moved in with someone after two just dates, than you might be from Kentucky.
The Bluegrass State ranks eighth for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights). And in pure white trash form, when it comes to fightin’ over who has better meth, you better believe it will be handled bare knuckle to bare knuckle in your trailer’s front yard.
The culture here is as if Tonya Harding and Eminem got together and had a baby.
Estimated White trash: 307,204
Estimated Meth Heads: 42,997
Welfare population: 5th in America
This trash state is definitely one of the “whitest states” on our list. The number of drug-related crimes and aggravated assaults, combined with the high number of poor dropouts, makes this white trash central for America.
And a lot of your trash must be getting into fist fights at your local dollar store when it’s 50% off day, because you are 3rd in America for aggravated assaults.
Simmer down, Show Me State. #NoShoesNoShirtNoTeethNoProblem
Estimated White trash: 212,342
Estimated Meth Heads: 36,997
Bargain stores: 1st in America
Alabama comes in sixth, followed by a smoky, meth-filled, haze. This number doesn’t reflect the high number of mullets, and the number of people who wear pajamas to Walmart.
Here, if they don’t have ‘Mountain Dew’ Mouth (Meth Mouth), they’re not doing it right.
And word on the street, the residents in the “RV Capital of the World” are down with O.P.P. – other people’s pills. They are 11th in the state for drug use.
Hey, ‘Heart of Dixie’ stay classy and keep it white trashy. Otherwise we won’t have anything to write about.
Estimated White trash: 209,953
Estimated Meth Heads: 46,997
Drug use: 11th in America
Welcome to Indiana, where the official vehicle is a rusted out 1987 Chevy Blazer, but the preferred method of transportation is a riding lawn mower.
Statistically, Indiana ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of bargain stores per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents. Indiana residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to Chicago to become assistant managers at a Walmart.
And, nothing says white trash in ‘the Hoosier State’ more than someone taking a lawnmower to buy some meth. Unless you get a DUI while driving that mower.
Estimated White trash: 247,675
Estimated Meth Heads: 32,997
Deadbeat dads: 2nd in the US
Hey now, Michigan. Kinda chilly up there, ‘eh? Also quite trashy when you look at the data.
According to online forums, many pockets of Michigan are filled with slums and meth head Lions fans. Hey don’t shoot the messenger!
Sadly, lots of Michigan’s population’s income is based on welfare, workers comp, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
And if you’re a dead-beat dad named Rick who snorts Tylenol (because he can’t afford adderall), and you moved to the U.P. with your sister’s best friend, you might be from Michigan.
Tomorrow is another day, Wolverine State.
Estimated White trash: 529,444
Estimated Meth Heads: 114,997
Payday Loan Outlets: 1st in America
Heroin overdoses: 1st in America
Nothin’ says white trash like a good ‘ol ass whoopin at a Walmart. You just might see that in Ohio on the first of the month.
In fact, Ohio was home to the infamous white trash Walmart fight between the woman in the jammies and the other woman in the jammies. Maybe they should fight at one of their local bargain stores so they won’t feel like they have to dress up.
Hey Ohio, you need to stop overdosing on heroin and other opioids. The cops and firefighters are out of resources to help so many people.
Estimated White trash: 110,204
Estimated Meth Heads: 25,997
Welfare population: 11th in America
Rounding out the list of the ten most white trash states in America brings us to Maine. This is where the high class white trash live. You think you’re hiding way out there in the boonies, but we’re onto you.
But for the residents of Maine, it’s just home sweet home. Where the Meth Heads roam. And the hillbillies and pillbillies play.
There You Have It
According to the official dictionary definition of White trash, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most White trash states can’t be too far off.
If you’re analyzing American states with lots of angry welfare recipients, high school dropouts and where people have lots of options for payday cash loans and bargain stores, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least white trash places in America:
- New Jersey (say what?)