These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In North Carolina

We used science and data to determine which cities in the Tar Heel State are redneck heaven.

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a North Carolina 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.

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, smoke and shoot things. 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 North Carolina, 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 146 of cities between 5,000 and 70,000 people in the Tar Heel State, we came up with this list as The Most Redneck Cities in North Carolina:

  1. Mocksville (Photos)
  2. Mooresville (Photos)
  3. Gastonia (Photos)
  4. Aberdeen (Photos)
  5. Pineville (Photos)
  6. Asheboro
  7. Lincolnton (Photos)
  8. Hendersonville
  9. Monroe (Photos)
  10. Smithfield

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 North Carolina, 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, 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 top 150 cities in a chart at the bottom. Hope you’re on there if you want to be.

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1. Mocksville

Davie Outfitters, Mocksville, NC. Source: Their Facebook page

Population: 5,034
Gun stores per capita: 1st in North Carolina
Fishing shops per capita: 1st in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 1st in NC
High school graduation rate: 74%

Congratulations, Mocksville. You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of North Carolina. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.

Lets see why. Before we even look at the numbers, did you know Mocksville is the burial place for Daniel Boone’s parents? He’s probably the most famous and influential redneck of them all.

Mocksville has more tobacco shops, gun stores and fishing shops in the general area, per capita, in the entire state. That’s redneck heaven!

Located along I-40 between Statesville and Winston-Salem, a redneck could have a great time here, too. There are plenty of small rivers, creeks and lakes/ponds to get your fishing on. Some may be private, but when did a ‘No Fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck?

Plus, they have a Walmart Supercenter all to their very own. You can understand why so many rednecks live here.

2. Mooresville

Outside the North Carolina Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC. From their Facebook page.

Population: 32,462
Bars per capita and the area: 16th most in North Carolina
Gun stores per capita: 7th in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 17th in the state
Mobile home parks in area: 10th most

Welcome to “Race City, USA”. Not only do the numbers indicate that Mooresville is an absolute haven for rednecks, you might have some of the best fishing in inland North Carolina. Plus, it’s pretty much NASCAR central for the entire state.

There are just a sheer high concentration of rednecks here. It’s 81% white. For a larger city, that’s quite a lot.

Here’s a list of rednecks who live here: Dale Jr. Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski.

Basically, unless you’re black, if you live in Mooresville, you’re a redneck. Simple as that.

3. Gastonia

Guys from Aim and Defend, Gastonia, NC. Source: Their Facebook page.

Population: 71,866
Walmarts per capita: 1st
Gun and ammo shops per capita: 11th in the state
Tobacco shops in the area: 4th
Bars in the area:4th in the state, per capita
High school graduation rate: 75%

The internet seems to agree that Gastonia is the redneck capital of the western side of Charlotte. Between the sheer number of mobile home parks, tobacco stores and places to buy your guns, Gastonia has it goin’ on for rednecks.

You have a grand total of 5 Walmarts with a short drive. That’s right. 5. And, rednecks can fire up the truck and head into Charlotte when there’s a sale on camo at either Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops.

And, you can bet lots of rednecks are taking their prey home from the bar to one of the many mobile home parks in the area.

4. Aberdeen

Aberdeen Lake Park, Aberdeen, NC. Google Maps.

Population: 6,311
Gun stores per capita: 11th in the state
Bars per capita: 6th in North Carolina
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd

You might not think Aberdeen is very rednecky, but when you look at the numbers, it’s clear that a lot of rednecks make Aberdeen home. While you might consider them ‘preppy rednecks’, they’re still part of the North Carolina redneck family tree.

Let’s call them white collar rednecks.

In terms of fishing/bait shops per capita, Aberdeen has the 3rd most in the state. There are also a lot of options for elbowing up to the bar in the general area, where locals can talk about when rut is gonna hit.

A bonus for having a Dick’s Sporting Goods here. You can bet rednecks in Aberdeen constantly compare the prices between the rods and reels at Dick’s and Aberdeen Bait & Tackle before heading down to Aberdeen Lake Park to troll all afternoon.

5. Pineville

PARA Sporting Goods, Pineville, NC. Source: Their Facebook page

Population: 7,652
Bars per capita: 7th in North Carolina
Fishing/tackle per capita: 2nd in the state
Mobile home parks per capita: 16th

Pineville is only 20 minutes south of Charlotte, right on the South Carolina border. You can bet there are a lot of city-slicker rednecks who live down here.

There are a ton of fishing opportunities here, as is evident by the number of fishing/bait shops in the general area. says Sugar Creek has some great bream fishing.

There are also plenty of chances to sit down and have a Bud with the locals and talk about the big one that got away. Cause rednecks like to tell each other where their favorite fishing spots are, right?

6. Asheboro

The Flying Pig, Asheboro, NC. From their Facebook page

Population: 25,109
Gun stores per capita: 11th most in the state
Mobile home parks per capita: 11th in the state
Walmarts: 2
High school graduation rate: 69%

Wow, Asheboro. Just think it even more of you had ditched class as a redneck teen. You might have won this whole thing!

But we admire your ability to see the more important things in life. Instead of sitting in a boring math class Monday morning, you guys were out doing more important things such as blowing stuff up and getting stuck in the mud.

They have two Walmarts within a short driving distance here as well. You know what you do when one Walmart is out of bait? You go to the other one!

Nearby is Randleman Lake, where you can take the boat out and catch your crappie and bass. Locals like to head down to Freddie’s and listen to some country tunes.

7. Lincolnton

Redneck Trailer Supplies, Lincolnton, NC. Google Maps

Population: 10,536
High school graduation rate: 75%
Mobile home parks per capita in area: 11th most in North Carolina
Tobacco shops per capita: 5th most
Fishing stores per capita:14th most in the state

Lincolnton is on Route 321, north of Gastonia. It’s a smaller town where the rednecks live who don’t want to live in a big city like Gastonia.

There are also lots of trailer park options here, and plenty of places to buy your chew. It’s basically a rural version of Gastonia, where the trucks are probably louder and bigger.

Just past Walmart on the north end in town is a Redneck Trailer Supplies branch location, too.

8. Hendersonville

Southern Appalachian Brewery, Hendersonville, NC. From their Facebook page. Google Maps

Population: 13,122
High school graduation rate: 79%
Tobacco stores per capita: 12th in the state
Gun stores per capita: 9th in North Carolina
Bars per capita: 17th in the state

South of Asheville, near the South Carolina border is the small city of Hendersonville. You have lots of places to get your smokes and chew here, and there are several more bars per capita than most other places in the state.

Hunting is undoubtedly one reason so many rednecks make Hendersonville their home. Nearby is the Green River Game Lands, where rednecks can target practice on deer and bear. There’s also great fishing throughout the area, too.

The Southern Appalachian Brewery is a redneck local fave.

9. Monroe

Monroe’s Gander Mountain. Google Maps

Population: 33,101
High school graduation rate: 70%
Gun stores per capita: 5th in the state
Fishing shops per person: 7th in NC

Monroe is well known for its outright segregation, and was the center of activities in the 50s and 60s related to the civil rights movement. Apparently, many thousands of members of the Ku Klux Klan live here.

If that’s not redneck, we don’t know what is.

Plus, you know things are redneck when a forum post about Kmart closing in Monroe drew in over 50 comments.

Monroe is a short drive south of Charlotte.

10. Smithfield

Betty’s Bar, Smithfield, NC. Google Maps

Population: 11,118
Gun stores: 5h most per capita in North Carolina
Bars per capita and in area: 7th most in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 10th in NC

Smithfield is the only eastern North Carolina city to make this list. But eastside rednecks need not worry, you’re highly represented in the cities that follow. In fact, a majority of the cities after Smithfield are in eastern NC.

Smithfield has lots of places to buy guns, chew and beer. And, if you’ve ever driven through Smithfield, or any of the other cities along Route 70, you’d agree this area should be called Redneck Alley. You’ve got Selma, Goldsboro, Eloy…the list goes on and on down here.

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina, according to science.

  1. Seven Lakes (Pop. 5,553)
  2. Porters Neck (Pop. 5,873)
  3. Marvin (Pop. 5,484)
  4. Ogden (Pop. 6,688)
  5. Half Moon (Pop. 8,374)

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City Population Rank
Mocksville 5034 1
Mooresville 32462 2
Gastonia 71865 3
Aberdeen 6311 4
Pineville 7562 5
Asheboro 25109 6
Lincolnton 10536 7
Hendersonville 13122 8
Monroe 33101 9
Smithfield 11118 10
Lumberton 21595 11
Roxboro 8400 12
Selma 6125 13
Lexington 19038 14
Bessemer City 5372 15
Henderson 15389 16
Hillsborough 6114 17
Marion 7997 18
Morehead City 8720 19
Roanoke Rapids 15783 20
Rockingham 9524 20
Waynesville 9864 21
Spring Lake 12465 22
New Bern 29420 23
Belmont 10156 23
Washington 9731 23
Morganton 16932 25
Archdale 11205 26
Cherryville 5765 27
Kinston 21746 28
Siler City 7967 28
Albemarle 15913 31
Mount Airy 10449 32
Wilmington 107116 30
Carolina Beach 5755 34
Asheville 83796 33
Winterville 9117 34
Dunn 9310 36
Fletcher 7089 37
Forest City 7480 39
Thomasville 26760 38
Oxford 8518 40
Clinton 8640 42
Newton 12991 41
King 6659 44
Eden 15488 43
Whiteville 5347 45
Salisbury 33548 45
Kill Devil Hills 6714 47
Laurinburg 15965 49
Mebane 11502 48
Matthews 27516 49
Sanford 28081 51
Woodfin 6044 52
Knightdale 11567 53
Williamston 5484 54
Wadesboro 5795 55
Ahoskie 5074 56
Brevard 7566 57
Burlington 50355 58
Stokesdale 5002 58
Edenton 5037 60
Reidsville 14463 63
Jacksonville 69393 60
Cornelius 24818 63
Goldsboro 36738 60
Clayton 16078 65
Graham 14152 66
Wake Forest 29889 67
Elizabeth City 18645 69
Statesville 24803 70
Hamlet 6554 72
Kernersville 23062 71
Hickory 40075 73
Hope Mills 15139 74
Lenoir 18171 75
Wilson 49086 76
Wesley Chapel 7462 79
Leland 13732 76
Shelby 20331 76
Oak Island 6899 79
Southern Pines 12439 81
Black Mountain 7885 82
Stallings 13638 83
Morrisville 18566 84
Chapel Hill 57088 85
Waxhaw 9743 86
Kings Mountain 10835 87
Tarboro 11401 89
Boone 17261 87
Raleigh 405007 90
Wendell 5892 92
Concord 79171 91
Kannapolis 42845 93
Fuquay-Varina 18143 94
Mills River 6806 95
Nashville 5319 96
Davidson 10903 98
Mount Holly 13506 96
Gibsonville 6377 100
Indian Trail 33246 99
Harrisburg 11360 101
Fayetteville 200439 102
Gastonia 71865 102
Charlotte 740931 105
Pinehurst 14000 106
Trinity 6639 107
Greenville 84445 108
Oak Ridge 6202 110
Garner 25784 109
Carrboro 19702 111
Rocky Mount 57523 112
Sawmills 5200 114
Durham 229963 113
Havelock 20670 115
Mint Hill 22890 116
Apex 37589 117
High Point 104394 118
Elon 9354 119
Clemmons 18680 120
Winston-Salem 230030 121
St. Stephens 8751 123
Greensboro 270619 122
Butner 7566 124
Kings Grant 8201 125
Cary 136627 126
James City 6013 128
Weddington 9577 127
Lewisville 12785 128
Holly Springs 24663 128
Silver Lake 5622 132
Piney Green 13975 132
Huntersville 46656 131
Wrightsboro 5487 134
Summerfield 10160 135
Unionville 6020 136
Etowah 6865 137
Boiling Spring Lakes 5329 138
Murraysville 13850 139
Myrtle Grove 8652 140
Lake Norman Of Catawba 6907 141
Half Moon 8374 142
Ogden 6688 143
Marvin 5484 144
Porters Neck 5873 144
Seven Lakes 5533 146

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22 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In North Carolina

  1. The author obviously has no understanding about the historical roots of the word redneck. Using it in a deragatory sense proves their own ignorance. A funny article, but still, all at roadsnacks, do humanity a favor a go educate yourself before talking out your ass. Read about the Battle of Blair Mountain. Reading is simple, and neccessary if your going to write. Here’s a link:

  2. “Basically, unless you’re black, if you live in Mooresville, you’re a redneck. Simple as that.”

    What an absolute ridiculous, moronic and biased thing to say. Way to prove you’re stereotypical, racist and idiotic all in a couple of sentences. Be a good journalist and research your facts before you start typing nonsensical and untrue statements.

  3. Umm, Sorry but Mocksville has only ONE “fishing shop” does that mean the other towns hove zero fishing shops if that is a major criteria. (and yes I know this is all tongue in cheek but at least get that straight) 😉

  4. Excuse me. Your information on Asheboro is incorrect. Asheboro only has ONE WalMart. You are trying to pull Randleman into Asheboro and that’s simply not how it is done.
    Randleman Lake is also in (you guessed it) RANDLEMAN! RANDLEMAN AND ASHEBORO ARE NOT THE SAME PLACE! They are two different cities with two different area codes.
    FACT CHECK PEOPLE – It will save your life.

    1. Aberdeen is only on the list because it has a lower population than Southern Pines and Pinehurst. Not too many bars in Aberdeen, but plenty in Southern Pines and Pinehurst. The data is flawed, the premise of the article is offensive and Gastonia is listed at #3 and #102. Try again RoadSnacks, you missed the target on this one.

  5. as for the comment about Mooresville. Dale Jr grew up there all the other drivers are all transplants. As far as all the bars you must be referring to restaurants. And tobacco stores must include grocery, drug,retail stores and gas stations.

  6. Mooresville has Lake Norman,the Point and Trump national golf course,and million dollar homes. I doubt there are many blacks or “rednecks” living there. This so called writer doesn’t know the difference between country and city.Mooresville is one of the highest cities for average homes.

  7. Some of the entries on this list are laughable, and the methodology used suspect. I moved the Aberdeen to get away from the REAL rednecks. Clearly, you’ve not been to any town in Montgomery County… Seven Lakes is less than 20 minutes from Aberdeen, by the way – and is “less” redneck than Pinehurst? Com’on, now.

  8. The term “redneck” came from farmers working in the fields with their shirts on. After all day the backs of their neck was bright red. It also can be referred to as a “farmers tan”

  9. I don’t care how of any necks that are on NC as soon as possible I’m moving back down there somewhere. I have had with the inner city. Northeast is totally a mess .What counties are the best for my grandchildren they’re 15&16?

    1. Shelby in Cleveland county is a great place to raise kids. I try all the time to get my daughter to move here with my grandkids. I retired here 10 years ago and love it. I have lived in several states and traveled extensively. Low crime and very friendly people.

  10. I have been to Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville several times and I can assure you that it is not a redneck hot spot. As everyone knows, craft brews and rednecks typically don’t mix. Obviously this “author” is misinformed and ignorant.

  11. after living in north Carolina for over twenty-five years in these many towns I find the author of this article to be correct on it findings and research. it is what it is . its the truth. If individuals don’t like what the author is saying, then change how you think, act and live. This article does have alot of truth to it. “CHANGE” people

  12. Please add Burlington, Whitsett, McCleansville and Gibsonville to this list as it is the same as these many towns as well

  13. Your wrong on all accounts
    Siler City just has to be #1 of all.
    I have lived other places and from expierence this is it. However it’s caused by Northern Rednecks who have wondered down.

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