These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Kentucky


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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Kentucky redneck? Most rednecks would say, “I don’t care what you call me, as long as you call me for supper.”

Rednecks are a part of our culture. They 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. Especially in Kentucky. Here, you’ve got people who vote one way, who stick to their own, and who would rather rely on each other than on the government.

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 live in mobile home parks and they like to hunt, drink, chew and shoot things. They eat at Waffle House and shop at Bass Pro Shops, Walmart and Dollar General.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where rednecks might live in Kentucky, and then put out a list.

Because, the data never lies, does it? So hold our beers and watch while we run some rankings!

After analyzing 142 cities with a population above 2,500, we’ve finally determined these are The Most Redneck Cities in Kentucky:

  1. Prestonsburg (Photos)
  2. London (Photos)
  3. Grayson (Photos)
  4. Hazard (Photos)
  5. Corbin (Photos)
  6. Somerset (Photos)
  7. Carrollton (Photos)
  8. Morehead (Photos)
  9. Barbourville (Photos)
  10. Benton (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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What redneck criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most redneck cities in Indiana, 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 Google Maps, 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 mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Waffle Houses, Bass Pro Shops, and Dollar Generals nearby

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 cities in a chart at the bottom. Hope you’re on there if you want to be.

How does a redneck count to 10? 1, 2, Dale…

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1. Prestonsburg

Prestonsburg Guns and Pawn. Google Maps.

Population: 3,308
Tobacco stores per capita: 3rd in Kentucky
Mobile home parks per capita: 7th in the state
High school graduation rate: 65%
Walmart rank: 3

Dern tootin’, Prestonsburg! You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of Kentucky. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.

Lets see why. Prestonsburg has the third most places to get smokes and chew, per capita, in Kentucky. And there are the 7th most number of mobile home/trailer parks per capita in the state.

Plus, they have a Walmart all to their very own here, along with a Dollar Tree, Big Lots and Save A Lot. That means while dad is getting cheap ammo, mom and the kids can get all gussied up for the big barbecue.

Prestonsburg is on Route 23 by Dewey Lake way out in the middle of nowhere on the eastern side of the state.

2. London

The tackle shop, London, KY. Google Maps

Population: 6,797
Fishing/bait shops per capita and the area: 2nd most in Kentucky
Tobacco stores per capita: 14th
Gun stores per capita: 11th

Way down on I-75 on your way to Tennessee is the city of London, where you have the 2nd most fishing/bait shops per person in the state. And the rednecks who live here most likely take advantage of the fishing in nearby Wood Creek Lake, which is home to the biggest largemouth bass in Kentucky, weighing in at 13 pounds. That was in 1984.

Things are still pretty rednecky here today. There are also a high number of tobacco stores, so rednecks here can always have a fresh can of chew. Plus, there are the 11th highest number of gun stores in the state.

Did you know London is home to the annual World Chicken Festival, that celebrates the life of Colonel Sanders? That’s so redneck.

3. Grayson

Prichard’s Outdoor Shop, Grayson, KY. Google Maps.

Population: 4,159
High school graduation rate: 68%
Walmart rank: 12th
Mobile home parks per capita: 3rd in the state

Based on the number of mobile home and trailer parks in the area, you can bet there’s lots of rednecks in Grayson, a city that’s almost 99% white and where most people are blue collar workers.

Nothing is more redneck than shooting a critter, taking it back to the trailer park and dipping it in a vat of lard. Or do they prefer to wrassle roadkill from vultures here?

Either way, according to data, there are almost more rednecks per capita in Grayson than in any other place in Kentucky.

4. Hazard

Hazard Kentucky’s Walmart. Google Maps.

Population: 5,117
Fishing/bait stores per capita: 3rd in Kentucky
Walmarts per capita: 1st in the state
Mobile home park rank: 8th

Hazard has a Walmart SuperCenter all on its own, and for such a small town, that’s a big deal for the rednecks who live here. Short lines for cheap bait is never a bad thing.

There’s a high number of mobile home parks in the area, and nearby is the North Fork of the Kentucky River, where rednecks can sit in the backs of their trucks and fish for bass all day long. That’s probably why the fishing and bait shops per capita is so high.

Hazard is about an hour east of London back in the hills.

5. Corbin

Bait Bucket near Corbin, KY. Google Maps

Population: 7,010

Mobile home parks per capita: 15th in the state
Chew factor: 15
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 9th in Kentucky

Corbin is also on I-75, almost in Tennessee. Rednecks here have the 9th highest number of fishing shops in the state. And, they’ve got the Laurel River Lake right outside their back door, which has excellent black bass, rainbow trout, walleye and bluegill.

Corbin is at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest, named after the most famous redneck of them all. Most of the hunting here is open to the public, and free of charge. There’s awesome turkey hunting, along with other game birds.

So, folks here don’t even have to head into their city’s Walmart to get dinner. They can just get it themselves just down the road.

The ‘chew factor,’ measured in terms of tobacco stores in the area, is the 15th highest in Kentucky in Corbin.

6. Somerset

Machine Shop, Somerset KY. Google Maps.

Population: 11,254
Dollar Store ratio: 1st in the state
Chew factor: 8th
Mobile home parks: 13th in Kentucky

There are far and away more Dollar Stores in Somerset than in the entire rest of the state. A Google map search turned up 11 within a short drive. That’s insane!

Plus, there’s community college in town,so rednecks here can get their basic education requirement filled. That GED means Get ‘er Done!

Who are we kidding? Rednecks here would rather skip school and head down to the Cumberland River, which basically goes right through town. Nothing’s more redneck than sitting on your back deck, throwing back a case of Natty Lights and listening to the UK/Louisville game.

7. Carrollton

DJ’s Tavern, Carrollton, KY. Google Maps.

Population: 3,687
Waffle House rank: 2nd in Kentucky
Walmart rank: 11th
Gun stores per capita: 5

Woo-wee! The rednecks in Carrollton sure do like to shoot their guns. They have the 5th most gun stores in the area here. Isolated right on the banks of the Ohio River, they can probably cause quite a stir out here and not bother any neighbors.

Has anyone seen a video of redneck fishing when they throw explosives into the water and then grab all of the stunned fish that float to the top? They could do that in Carrollton and probably get away with it.

Or, they could just go into their town’s Waffle House and get biscuits and gravy. But that’s boring.

8. Morehead

Downtown Morehead, KY. Google Maps

Population: 6,898
High school graduation rate: 78%
Walmarts per capita: 7th in Kentucky
Chew factor: 9th

The high school graduation rate in Morehead is really high for a redneck town. See, all you smart ass rednecks had to go and mess it up for everyone. You would have ranked much higher if you hadn’t studied so darn much.

The high number of places to get guns and ammo, chew, having a Walmart in town, and a 95% white population makes Morehead a top place for rednecks to live in Kentucky.

Morehead is also close to the Licking River, and is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. So you know there’s lots of poaching going on here. When did a ‘No Hunting’ sign ever stop a redneck?

9. Barbourville

One of the many places to fish on the Cumberland in Barboursville, KY. Google Maps

Population: 3,218
High school graduation rate: 56%
Chew factor: 7
Mobile home parks per capita: 30th in Kentucky

Here in Barbourville, we have the opposite of Morehead. Almost half of the people here didn’t graduate from college. Instead, they most likely learned on their own. You know, life skills like fishing on the Cumberland and shooting at squirrels in the nearby Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

There are plenty of mobile home/trailer parks nearby for Barbourville rednecks to cozy up next to their kin and listen to the wind blow, too.

10. Benton

Lots of trucks outside of Little Pig’s Bar-B-Que, Benton, KY. Google Maps

Population: 4,395
Mobile home parks in area: 11th in Kentucky
Walmart rank: 13th
Chew factor: 23rd

Benton is home to a 98% white population that’s fairly well off, in comparison to the rest of the cities on this list. Meaning what you’ve got here are some rednecks with paychecks.

Benton has the 11th most mobile home/trailer parks per capita in the state, and its chew factor is 23rd. And there’s great fishing and hunting in the nearby Lake Barkley and surrounding areas.

Benton, way down near the Tennessee state line, is also home to the annual festival, “Tater Day.”

That’s so redneck.

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 cities in Kentucky 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 places in Kentucky

  1. Indian Hills
  2. Hurstbourne
  3. Douglass Hills
  4. Oakbrook
  5. Fort Knox

We published a story on the 10 worst places to live in Kentucky that might be more ‘stimulating’ reading for your day. Number 5 will blow you away.

City Population Rank
Prestonsburg 3308 1
London 6797 2
Grayson 4159 3
Hazard 5117 4
Corbin 7010 5
Somerset 11254 6
Carrollton 3963 7
Morehead 6898 8
Barbourville 3218 9
Benton 4395 10
Newport 15398 11
Bardstown 12291 12
Oak Grove 7427 14
Bellevue 5959 15
Columbia 4461 16
Williamsburg 5258 16
Lebanon 5571 16
Hardinsburg 2503 19
Campbellsville 10138 20
Central City 5955 20
Cadiz 2556 22
Hebron 5896 22
Pikeville 6864 24
Marion 3048 24
Louisa 2857 26
Monticello 6197 26
Harrodsburg 8323 28
Shepherdsville 11209 29
Beaver Dam 3461 30
Springfield 2540 31
Cynthiana 6406 31
Mount Sterling 6915 33
Paintsville 3843 34
Leitchfield 6721 35
Maysville 9018 35
Prospect 4705 37
Morgantown 2555 37
Scottsville 4267 39
Dawson Springs 2769 40
Wilder 3008 40
Paducah 25081 42
Mayfield 10048 43
Hodgenville 3214 44
Crestwood 4488 45
Morganfield 3287 45
Glasgow 14026 47
Versailles 8678 48
Greensburg 2685 48
Lancaster 3458 50
Stanford 3646 51
Stanton 2751 52
Berea 13651 52
Russellville 6979 54
Cold Spring 5864 55
Eddyville 2550 56
Lawrenceburg 10711 56
Winchester 18314 58
Florence 30201 59
Princeton 6331 60
Brooks 3065 61
Dayton 5364 62
Mount Vernon 2848 63
La Grange 8067 64
Franklin 8431 65
Highland Heights 6888 66
Vine Grove 4809 67
Radcliff 22064 68
Covington 40776 69
Elizabethtown 28254 69
Bowling Green 58632 71
Crestview Hills 3123 72
Henderson 28728 73
Paris 9298 74
Madisonville 19745 75
Calvert City 2574 76
Williamstown 3996 77
Junction City 2681 77
Flemingsburg 2686 77
Elkton 2740 80
Shelbyville 14081 80
Russell 3371 82
Erlanger 18084 82
Frankfort 26745 84
Brandenburg 2702 85
Fort Wright 5698 86
Walton 3672 87
West Liberty 3431 88
Fulton 2788 89
Richmond 31508 90
Union 5357 90
Fort Mitchell 8198 92
Alexandria 8494 93
Georgetown 29016 93
Wilmore 3736 95
Crescent Springs 3901 96
Greenville 4403 97
Danville 16212 98
Nicholasville 27865 99
Ludlow 4483 100
Hopkinsville 31798 101
Ashland 21611 102
Flatwoods 7465 102
Owensboro 57361 102
Murray 17706 105
Middlesborough 10235 106
Shively 15282 107
Park Hills 2980 108
Crittenden 3778 108
Buckner 5558 110
Elsmere 8430 110
Farley 4473 112
Louisville 597231 113
Providence 3199 114
Taylor Mill 6647 115
Hartford 2690 116
Mount Washington 9181 117
Independence 24586 118
Middletown 7164 119
Hillview 8839 120
Lakeside Park 2710 121
Southgate 3762 122
Edgewood 8651 123
Jeffersontown 26694 124
Fort Thomas 16207 124
Burlington 16298 126
Lyndon 10992 127
Hendron 4435 128
Lexington-Fayette 296766 129
Raceland 2777 130
Fort Campbell North 13761 131
Claryville 2545 132
St. Matthews 17529 133
Reidland 4464 134
Massac 4744 135
Francisville 8742 136
Villa Hills 7417 137
Graymoor-Devondale 2890 138
Fort Knox 10919 139
Oakbrook 8812 140
Douglass Hills 5512 141
Hurstbourne 4226 142
Indian Hills 2885 143

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Kentucky

  1. We have ONE Waffle House and it’s not in city limits. We have TWO bars, I believe. We have Sav A Lot, so what’s the matter with that? ONE Walmart not in city limits. One Dollar Tree, not in city limits but at an OUTLET MALL, which is for the whole area. One Family Dollar in city limits and one Dollar General, out of city limits. We don’t allow fishing with dynamite. We have ONE gun store in city limits and I don’t know of any other in “Carrollton”. Where did they get this? We have a State Park, and several hotels, filled with TOURISTS which just might like the store above. We have a city park, Point Park, and RV park. We have some great stores in downtown. We have a community college IN TOWN. We have the ONLY high school for advanced students studying to be engineers, etc., in Kentucky and it’s located in downtown, We like being Redneck, but some of the article doesn’t seem to make sense, as it gives a slanted portrayal of our city.

  2. So for Grayson you show a store with kayak rental. Kayak doesn’t really scream redneck to me. There is a state park with an 18 hole golf course and a lake. Redneck golf? We have no Wal-Mart. We have an interstate at the edge of town so there is easy access to the area. Grayson may be a lot of things but the #3 redneck town in KY is probably not one of them.

  3. A dog that roamed the streets of Benton was cremated at a local funeral home and it’s ashes put in an urn at city hall. There was even a memorial service with press coverage. Somebody should write a country song about that.

  4. This list is so far off its reciculous!!! The #1 redneck town by far in Kentucky is Rabbit Hash. It’s the ONLY town in the USA with a DOG AS MAYOR of its town . You are also allowed to go into the local convenience store, buy a beer, and drink that beer out on the front porch if the store.

  5. Somerset might qualify for “Red Neck ” status # 6 with a population of around 12K, but I know about 300K people find their way to Lake Cumberland over 4 or 5 holiday weekends. You mentioned how Benton has a lot of rich people, guess what , there’s a few bucks in our 10 to 15 banks in our town, and most of it belongs to Somerset rednecks —

  6. Left out the part about Benton having the highest teen pregnancy rate in Ky among the High school teens which started back 20 plus years ago

  7. This list didnt include Jackson co. Or Estill co those are far more redneck places than what’s on this list. Neither of them have a Walmart maybe a dollar store no major shopping places but the people are people you don’t want to mess with. Estill. Co. Has the peacemakers bike gang who are pretty cool people and would do anything for someone but do t mess with them or their loved ones. You really need to get different statistics for this list.

  8. Just so you know, some of us “Rednecks” in Kentucky, actually have college degrees, so some of us “Rednecks” are edurednecated. Just because we talk funny, enjoy hard work, dip/chew tobacco, believe in the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, and live in trailers/mobile homes; doesn’t mean we are totally retarded here in the sticks. Myself, I do my best to act like I know nothing just to see how stupid people really are! Like the person whom wrote this article.
    And my daughter has a high I.Q., being that she is in the second grade and for 3 weekends was allowed to go to Murray State University to study French. In Kindergarten she scored a 860 out of an 890. So now y’all just think what y’all want about Kentuckians, but when it comes down to it we do have an education; even though I wonder sometimes about the people who can’t spell after graduating high school… Makes a feller wonder and get down right irritated at how dumbasses can call themselves smart and run our country…

    1. So right U R, Patrick. I am a native of
      Eastern Kentucky & so proud of it. I now live in Pennsylvania, and, many rednecks around here, even in the big city of Pittsburgh.

  9. I grew up in Grayson. Moved away in 1995 and recently moved back. I had family there still and thought it would be nice to live closer to them. I last about 7 months. Grayson is actually worse now than when I left in 1995. I moved back to a smaller but friendlier town and all is well. It doesn’t matter if you have an education as someone mentioned it is one of the worst places I have ever lived. And I do have a MSW. It’s still a very redneck town not welcoming of outsiders. And I wasn’t even an outsider but I watched and learned and left.

  10. How dare you all talk about Kentucky like that people are not incest an uneducated. People here are very smart there is alot that goes to School an college an become something an someone. You don’t live here how would you know how these little towns are whoever done these are very unprofessional. I would hate to live in your town.

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