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Is there anything really wrong with being called a redneck?
It’s a part of our culture. Rednecks are hailed as being great in our song lyrics. They’re prominently featured in reality television. There are even video games about rednecks.
So, you’d think people who are rednecks would be proud to be called a redneck.
Wait. What is a redneck anyways? Well, according to the official bible of literature, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a redneck is:
“ a white person who lives in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive”
Plus, we thought why not add in a few stereotypes? Cause, you know, rednecks like to hunt, drink, smoke and shoot things. And shop at Walmart.
Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where rednecks might live in Alabama, and then put out a list.
Because, the data never lies, does it?
After analyzing all 439 cities in the Yellowhammer State, we came up with this list as The Most Redneck Cities in Alabama:
- Dothan (Photos)
- Albertville (Photos)
- Cullman (Photos)
- Florence (Photos)
- Boaz (Photos)
- Wetumpka (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
What redneck criteria did we use?
In order to rank the most redneck cities in Alabama, we had to determine what criteria makes a redneck.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and the Walmart store locator, this is the criteria we used:
The dictionary definition categories
- Small towns
- Least amount of high school graduates
- Lives in the south
And the stereotypical categories
- Number of dive bars per city
- Number of tobacco stores per city
- Number of guns and ammo stores per city
- Number of Walmarts per capita
Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.
If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, from most to least redneck, we put in a list of the top 100 cities in a chart at the bottom. Hope you’re on there if you want to be.
And at least these aren’t the worst places to live in Alabama.
Gun stores per capita: 1st
Fishing shops per capita: 1st
Mobile home parks per capita: 5th in the state
Walmarts per capita: 5th in Alabama
Congratulations, Dothan. You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of Alabama. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.
Lets see why. Dothan has the most places to buy guns and ammo and the most number of stores to buy fishing gear per capita in the entire state.
But the real kicker in the number of Walmarts in the area. You have 5 of them within a short driving distance. That’s right. When you include the actual Walmarts and the Walmart Neighborhood Centers.
That’s redneck heaven.
Plus, there are a ton of mobile home parks and RV parks in the area. We counted 8 on the map.
What’s interesting about Dothan is the high school graduation rate of its residents is actually one of the highest in the state. So, Dothan, you have a lot of really smart rednecks.
High school graduation rate: 70%
Tobacco stores per capita: 31st highest
Walmarts per capita: 1st in Alabama
Haleyville is a teeny little place south of Russellville on the western side of the state. They have a Walmart here, and there’s no one else around for miles, which means they pretty much get to shop there all by themselves. No lines and cheap bait! What else does a redneck need?
Lots of fishing and hunting, that’s what. And there are lots of opportunities for that in Haleyville. You’ve got upper Bear Creek Reservoir practically in your backyard. There, you’ve got great black bass fishing (large mouth and spotted), and according to the Alabama B.A.I.T. report, Upper Bear has been ranked first many times for the least number of angling hours exerted to catch a bass in excess of 5 pounds.
There’s undoubtedly also great hunting just outside of the William B. Bankhead National Forest, also right near Haleyville.
High school graduation rate: 70%
Tobacco stores per capita: 21st in Alabama
Mobile home parks per capita: 36th in the state
When the local newspaper, The Sand Mountain Reporter, did a survey last August called, “Give us your opinion on the future of Albertville,” they were flooded with…zero comments. Why is that? Cause Opossum season opens on September 1. They’re all busy getting their gear ready. No one has time to think about unimportant matters like that.
Folks only have to drive to nearby Guntersville to get their Walmart groceries, and if you know someone in Guntersville, hopefully they have a boat, because Lake Guntersville, in the Tennessee River watershed, has some of the best bass fishing in the state.
Gun stores per capita: 7th in Alabama
Fishing gear per capita: 3rd in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 9th
If you’re driving north-south on I-65, you’ll come to the little town of Cullman. Boy do they have some great fishing here. Lake Catoma has great largemouth bass and crappie, and nearby Lewis Smith Lake (rednecks call it Smith Lake) has some of the world’s best spotted bass. In fact, they caught a 32-pounder here once.
Rednecks can also get their smoke on, as there are almost more cigarettes and chew per person in the Cullman area than anywhere else in Alabama.
Tobacco shops per capita: 31st in Alabama
Gun stores per capita in the region: 45th in the state
If you’re driving along state route 24, you’ll possibly come to the little redneck haven of Russellville. Here, you’ve got endless opportunities for fishing. Nearby Cedar Creek and Little Bear Creek are really isolated, and a short drive to the Tennessee River will get you to fishing heaven.
Locals like to go to Speedy Pig BBQ, places so redneck they don’t even have a website.
The only thing rednecks here in Russellville don’t have is a Piggly Wiggly in town. That must be frustrating, since there’s one a short drive in every direction. Start writing letters, you guys.
Guns stores per capita: 4th in Alabama
Bars per capita and nearby: 10th most in the state
Tobacco shops per capita: 5th most
This one might be a bit of a surprise. Florence might be considered a ‘college town’ since UNA makes its home right downtown. But according to science, this is a great place for rednecks.
Not only does Florence have some of the highest number of places to buy guns and cigarettes per person, you’re right on the banks of the Tennessee River. You can probably fish right outside your back door, while listening to the ‘Bama football games on your back porch. Whoa’ Nellie!
Fishing stores per capita and the area: 12th most in Alabama
High school graduation rate: 77%
Mobile home parks: 30th most
Along I-65 north of Montgomery is the small town of Clanton, where you’ve got great fishing and lots of white people without college degrees. Locals can head over to the Coosa River to catch their bass in kayaks, or get their whitetail hunts on every fall in the nearby rolling hills.
Local rednecks can get their drink on at Boomerangs, and then take their prey back to Smitherman’s Mobile Home Park. Plus, for such a small town, having a Walmart Supercenter, Dollar Tree and a Piggy Wiggly nearby means lots of opportunities to meet other fellow rednecks to speculate about when rut is gonna hit.
Fishing gear per capita: 22nd most in Alabama
Walmarts per capita: Tied, first in state
Bass Pro Shops coming: Soon
This little town outside of Decatur is a perfect place for rednecks. There’s a ton of fishing nearby, and everyone in the entire region is on pins and needles, waiting with anticipation when the Bass Pro Shops opens in Decatur.
The city doesn’t have a Facebook page, which is so redneck. But what they do have is a Walmart Supercenter all to themselves. Locals can talk about how many times they shot their limits while playing pool at The Place. And for the 25% of people here without high school degrees, there’s plenty of blue collar jobs in Decatur. So gas up the truck and head into town.
High school graduation rate: 77%
Gun stores per capita: 13th most in Alabama
Smoke shops per person: 21st in the state
Boaz is a mostly white, tiny place located on state route 1 just south of Albertville. There are fishing holes all over town, and even if they’re private, you can bet they’re stocked. And when did a ‘No Fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck?
Rednecks here like to get a cold one at the Gridiron. There are two pawn shops in town, and two Alabama Tactical Supply outlets within a short driving distance.
What else could a redneck need?
High school graduation rate: 24%
Walmarts per capita: 5th most in Alabama
Fishing gear per person: 31st most
Wetumpka might have more fishing spots than any other place in this top ten list. Rednecks have the Coosa River meandering right downtown, plus there’s the Alabama River, Gun Island Chute, and tons of other little coves and creeks.
There are several mobile home parks, either in town or within a short driving distance.
There You Have It
According to the official dictionary definition of a redneck, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most redneck cities in a state can’t be too far off. If you’re analyzing smaller towns in Alabama with blue collar workers, where people have lots of options for drinking, smoking, hunting and Walmarting, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least redneck cities in Alabama, according to science.
- Vestavia Hills
- Mountain Brook
And, if you’re interested, we wrote about the 10 Drunkest Cities in Alabama.