Okay, if you’re reading this post right now, it’s probably because the title caught your attention. After all, just calling someone a redneck can make them pretty cantankerous—if, of course, that person is a redneck. He (or she) will get all offended, shouting about how guns are damn near a part of their family, spittin’ tobacco is a natural born right, graduating from high school is for suckers, etc., etc.
But we’re saying, there’s nothing wrong with being a redneck. Just as long as that you don’t carry a gun in the back of your pants while drinking whisky, because really, some things are just stupid.
We’ll get to all of the criteria we used to determine this ranking in just a minute, but first, check out the top 10… winners… in New Mexico:
- Ruidoso Downs
- Silver City
Taos the first on the list? Yeah, we were surprised too, because believe it or not, we relied solely on facts and figures to put this together. In the next section, we’ll tell you all about it.
What redneck criteria did we use?
In order to rank the most redneck cities in New Mexico, 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, these were the criteria we used:
The dictionary definition categories
- Small towns
- Least amount of high school graduates
And the stereotypical categories
- Number of bars per city
- Number of mobile home parks per capita
- Number of tobacco stores per city
- Number of places to get fishing gear
- Number of guns and ammo stores per city
- Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores 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. We also only considered areas with populations between 3,000 and 30,000. And, for high school graduation rates, we look at the population’s graduation rate of all residents, not the current graduation rate.
Second Note: No, we’re not saying that fishing on weekends makes you a redneck, maybe the occasional hunting trip, not having a diploma, or even living in a mobile home—but when you put ‘em all together, well, you might just be a redneck.
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 2nd
Dive bars per capita: 1st
Dollar Stores per capita: 1st
Yes, yes, we know. Taos is a beautiful town, home to artists, historic sites, and a rich culture. We really must stress here, we did not pick it to be at the top of our list! The simple fact of the matter is, the math did.
When it came down to it, Taos just had more dive bars, dollar stores, guns and ammo stores, and even mobile homes, fishin stores, and Walmarts per capita than nearly any other place we looked at.
Apparently it’s a town for everyone.
2. Ruidoso Downs
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 4th
Tobacco shops per capita: 1st
Walmarts per capita: 1st
Ruidoso Downs is an ideal place in New Mexico for those looking for a good horse race (home to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track), some gambling (check out the Billy the Kid Casino), or even a look back at the old west, with the Hubbard Museum of the American West.
It’s also home to a Walmart, some tobacco shops, and gun stores.
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 4th
Tobacco shops per capita: 3rd
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 2nd
Sure you can look at all of the fishing stores per capita in Tucumcari as simply being a part of an outdoorsman’s dream town… but really, Tucumcari isn’t exactly a nature lover’s ideal destination. So what’s with all the gun stores? Don’t answer that.
Truth is, there’s not a whole lot to do in Tucumcari. It used to be a popular spot to stop… on the way to get somewhere else. But not so much anymore. Maybe that’s because the marketing campaign was “TUCUMCARI TONITE!” Really guys. How can you expect not to be on this list if you can’t spell tonight?
High school graduation rate: 37%
Mobile homes per capita: 13th most in NM
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 18th
You don’t need a high school education to know that 63 percent of the population not holding a GED is… well, it’s bad. In fact, it’s the worst in the state.
But don’t worry, there are plenty of other things to bring you to Vado! If guns and mobile homes are your thing, you might just have done found your new favorite community!
High school graduation rate: 60%
Mobile homes per capita: 11th most
Tobacco shops per capita: 13th
Fun fact! Deming was used in the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
Truth is, there’s not a whole lot going on in Deming. Desert, jack rabbits, snakes, more desert… Let’s just say, it’s not exactly a popular vacation city.
Based on the data, there are lots of rednecks here. Trust us.
High school graduation rate: 54%
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 11th most
Walmarts per capita: 21st
Sometimes people just need a fire lit under their ass in order to do something great. And in this case, that fire is Lovington: the abysmal high school graduation rate, the gun stores, the Walmarts, the lack of things to do.
Perhaps this is why Lovington was actually home to some pretty interesting folks; people like Ray Berry, Sean Murphy, Titanic Thompson, and Ronnie Black. Perhaps they were inspired by Lovington. Or perhaps it just pushed them to get the heck outta dodge.
Dollar Stores per capita: 9th most
Walmarts per capita: 7th most
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 5th most
When your town’s claim to fame is being the home of a popular rest stop on on Interstate 10, you know you probably need to build a rec center or a museum or something.
Of course a rest stop is not all that Lordsburg has; we’re just joking. There are also plenty of Dollar Stores, guns and a Walmart! Giddeup!
Dive bars per capita: 4th most
Fishing shops per capita: 4th most
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 6th most
“Raton”—the Spanish word for “really small rat.”
Just kidding, there’s plenty more we could say! Don’t worry, we won’t say too much; only that the statistics above (the number of dive bars, fishing shops, and gun stores) speak for themselves.
High school graduation rate: 45%
Guns and ammo stores per capita: 18th most
Oh, Anthony, New Mexico. This place is so cute! We’re honestly pretty surprised to find it on our list. In fact, the only big reason it made the cut was for its low high school graduation rate: the second lowest in the state.
Other than that, sure, it has more gun and ammo stores than some other places; but hey, it’s New Mexico. What city doesn’t?
10. Silver City
Fishing stores per capita: Most in the state
Walmarts per capita: 5th most
Tobacco shops per capita: 4th most
Last but certainly not least on our list is Silver City. We know; we’re surprised too. Silver City is mostly known as a haven for musicians and artists; it has a thriving downtown district, theaters, festivals, a thriving creative community… We can only say again, we didn’t pick this list, guys!
In addition to all of that loveliness, it seems that Silver City has enough Walmarts, tobacco shops, and fishing stores per capita to have bumped it into the top 10. But who cares? Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch were “familiar with every saloon and ‘soiled dove’ in Silver City.” And that’s just a cool bit of trivia. You guys win.
That’s All Folks
Well, ya’ll, if you haven’t thrown the computer out the window in frustration, we’ll wrap it up for you. If your hometown made this list, congratulations! Yes, you guys might be a little bit less developed than some bigger cities, and sure, some might call your town a little redneck, but hey, you’re just outdoorsy. More fishing supply shops, more bars, more dollar stores! For some, that just sounds like a good time at a lower price.
So congratulations to those who made this list. And for those who didn’t, well, congratulations to you too.