These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Pennsylvania


We used science and data to determine which places in Pennsyltucky are redneck heaven.

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Pennsylvania 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.

Plus, it’s called Pennsyltucky for a reason.

So, you’d think people who are rednecks would be proud to be called a redneck. Especially in Pennsylvania. In the central part of the state, 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 Pennsylvania, 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 245 cities with a population between 2,500 and 60,000, we’ve finally determined these are The Most Redneck Cities in Pennsylvania:

  1. Washington
  2. Mechanicsburg
  3. Shippensburg
  4. Pittston
  5. Chambersburg
  6. Lewistown
  7. Shrewsbury
  8. Sayre
  9. Warren
  10. Lancaster

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 PA, 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 or midwest

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.

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1. Washington

Population: 13,720
Gun stores per capita: 2nd in PA
Waffle House rank: 33rd in Pennsylvania
High school graduation rate: 77%
Walmart rank: 36th

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

Lets see why. The Washington area has the 2nd most places you can buy guns in the entire state. There’s nothing rednecks like to do more than shoot things and blow stuff up. Except mudding.

You’ve got two Waffle Houses here, and a Walmart, of course. Every redneck town has to have a Walmart, right? Where else are you gonna get your cheap bait while the wifey picks out an outfit for the big barbecue?

There’s also a Field & Stream superstore and a Gander Mountain, for those classier rednecks with paychecks.

Washington has a population that’s 81% white, and very blue collar. More than 20% of the folks here didn’t graduate high school. They were most likely too busy with other more important matters.

Like mudding.

2. Mechanicsburg

Snapper’s Bar and Grill, Mechanicsburg, PA. Google Maps

Population: 8,966
Mobile home parks per capita: 3rd most in PA
Bars per capita: 3rd
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd in the state

Where are you gonna go to get your bait and a cold one? Rednecks on the western side of the Susquehanna know it’s in Mechanicsburg. Located not too far from Harrisburg, this place has the 3rd most bars capita, and the 3rd most places to get fishing gear in the state.

There are also an extremely high number of mobile home/trailer parks in the Mechanicsburg area. There’s nothing more redneck than throwing back a case of Old Milwaukee with the boys down by the pool.

Mechanicsburg is also home to the annual Jubilee Day festival, an event so redneck it doesn’t even have a website.

3. Shippensburg

The Ship Wreck Pub, Shippensburg, PA. Google Maps.

Population: 5,371
Tobacco stores per capita: 17th
Walmart rank: 2nd
Mobile home parks per capita: 2nd in the state

Take I-81 south from Harrisburg and you’ll come to Shippensburg, a tiny redneck spleck in the south central part of the state. It’s 94% white here, and judging by the income levels, it has a very blue collar feel.

Shippensburg has the honor of having the 2nd highest Walmart factor in PA. For a redneck, having a Walmart all to your own is like short lines at Disneyland.

Like Mechanicsburg, the mobile home/trailer park ratio per person is through the roof.

4. Pittston

Can you imagine how many cats are pulled out of the Susquehanna in Pittston? Google Maps

Population: 7,740
Bars per capita: 15th in Pennsylvania
High school graduation rate: 79%
Waffle House rank: 19th

Pittston is south of Scranton along I-81, right on the banks of the Susquehanna. While there are a sheer number of bars in the area, you can bet the rednecks here spend a majority of their time trolling in the river. The Susquehanna has a ton of smallmouth bass and catfish.

What does a redneck do with a catfish? What do you think they do with it. They take a picture with their hand down its throat. Hogging might be the most popular activity here on weekends.

5. Chambersburg

Sportsmans, Chambersburg, PA. Google Maps

Population: 20,217
High school graduation rate: 74%
Walmart rank: 16
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 18th in PA

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Dern it, Chambersburg rednecks. You did a good job of not studying very much, since 1 out of 4 of you didn’t graduate high school. But just think how much higher you would’ve finished on this list had you just skipped class to go hunting like your buddies did.

Besides working boring jobs, the rednecks here can also take the muzzleloaders down to the nearby Michaux State Forest to bag a deer, squirrel or turkey.

6. Lewistown

Lewistown local shot himself somethin fierce. FOXPRO Facebook page

Population: 8,372
High school graduation rate: 76%
Walmart rank: 8th
Gun stores per capita: 6th in PA

As teens, the Lewistown rednecks ditched school almost as much as the Chambersburg kids. Or spent their time loitering around the various trailer parks in the area.

Down by the banks of the Juniata River, Lewistown is sort of near State College, but far enough away that the Penn State kids have probably never met them. Unless they went on a weird road trip and stopped here for gas. Oh, the stories they told.

Lewistown also has a FOXPRO Game Call Store that’s wildly popular.

7. Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s infamous Walmart parking lot. Google Maps

Population: 3,832
Tobacco stores per capita: 8th in PA
Walmart rank: 1st in the state
Gun stores per capita: 3rd

Woo-wee! Shrewsbury ranks as the best place for rednecks when it comes to Walmarts per capita. And, several people have agreed that Shrewsbury is a very rednecky town. One former resident said,

“All the guys bring there trucks and park em at the end of the parkin lot and hangout at the Walmart in Shrewsbury its so funny.”

I wouldn’t mess with them, though. Shrewsbury has one of the highest number of gun stores per capita in the state. And when rut hits, there are gonna be shells a flyin!

8. Sayre

Local redneck at The Lehigh Tavern in Sayre, PA. From their Facebook page

Population: 5,574
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 25th
Walmarts per capita: 20th
Tobacco stores per capita: 7th

If you take Route 220 on your way to Ithaca, NY, Sayre is the last redneck town you’ll come to before the state line. And, you can bet the rednecks here have a good ole’ time, out in the middle of nowhere. There’s probably no one around to bust them for poaching. Just pretend you didn’t see that ‘No Fishing’ sign, young rednecks of Sayre.

The number of tobacco stores in the area is really high here as well. What we call the ‘chew factor’ is a 7.

9. Warren

Grumpy’s Bar in Warren, PA. Google Maps

Population: 9,672
Bars per capita: 11th in the state
Chew factor: 27th
Gun stores per capita: 10th in PA

Way up by the Allegheny National Forest, and along the banks of the Allegheny River is the small town of Warren, which certainly has a lot of rednecks within its borders.

In fact, it’s 98% white here. You can bet outsiders are probably treated with respect, until they cross someone up here. And you’d better watch out, cause there are certainly several options for ammo in the area.

10. Lancaster

Sundown Lounge, Lancaster, PA Google Maps

Population: 59,372
Mobile home parks in area: 11th in PA
Bars per capita: 1st
Chew factor: 14th

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Well you knew you’d most likely see a city from Lancaster County on here, didn’t you? Well, the big giant city of Lancaster is just crawling with rednecks. And the data proves it.

There are more bars (and really divey bars) per capita here than in any other place. You can turn a corner in Lancaster and stumble blindly into a bar on some streets here. The Busch Light delivery dude probably feels like he’s driving through a parade when he pulls up every morning.

Finally, did you know Lancaster was originally called Hickory Town? Perhaps that’s because there were a lot of hicks here back in the day.

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

  1. Fox Chapel (Pop. 5,393)
  2. Fernway (Pop. 20,000)
  3. Westmont (Pop. 5,159)
  4. Franklin Park (13,162)
  5. Upper St. Clair (Pop. 19,233)

We published a story on the worst places to live in Pennsylvania that might be more ‘stimulating’ reading for your day, if you haven’t read it already. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Washington 13720 1
Mechanicsburg 8966 2
Shippensburg 5371 3
Pittston 7740 4
Chambersburg 20217 5
Lewistown 8372 6
Shrewsbury 3823 7
Sayre 5574 8
Warren 9672 9
Lancaster 59322 10
Stroudsburg 5623 11
East_Stroudsburg 9903 11
Shenandoah 5073 12
Conshohocken 7825 13
Media 5334 14
Ambler 6443 15
Hatboro 7362 16
Bridgeville 5144 17
Wyomissing 10489 17
Blue_Bell 5915 19
Kutztown 5010 20
Somerset 6267 21
Lewisburg 5804 22
Paoli 5456 23
Enola 6062 24
Kennett_Square 6054 25
Dickson_City 6088 26
Greensburg 14881 27
Quakertown 8995 28
Phoenixville 16430 29
Collegeville 5114 30
Prospect_Park 6457 31
Uniontown 10424 32
Ambridge 7042 33
Connellsville 7694 34
Huntingdon 7083 34
Red_Lion 6378 34
New_Brighton 6026 37
Fairless_Hills 8897 38
Clearfield 6203 38
Latrobe 8346 38
West_Chester 18656 41
Greenville 5936 42
Clarks_Summit 5115 42
Aliquippa 9497 44
Waynesboro 10568 45
Ephrata 13426 46
Nazareth 5773 47
Oxford 5069 47
Clifton_Heights 6645 49
Ardmore 12647 49
Tamaqua 7064 51
Bradford 8766 52
Lehighton 5495 53
Hershey 13890 54
Hanover 15315 55
Pottstown 22388 56
Willow_Grove 16105 57
Moosic 5694 57
Exeter 5660 59
Coraopolis 5675 60
Plymouth_Meeting 5695 61
Bristol 9739 61
Middletown 8936 61
Whitehall 13932 64
Johnstown 20976 65
Punxsutawney 5965 65
Downingtown 7910 65
Richboro 6090 68
Lebanon 25495 68
Camp_Hill 7858 70
Selinsgrove 5624 71
Doylestown 8381 72
Glenside 7467 73
Palmerton 5419 73
Schuylkill_Haven 5411 75
Titusville 5601 76
Emmaus 11268 76
Folsom 8539 78
Hellertown 5900 79
New_Cumberland 7272 80
Elizabethtown 11579 80
Hazleton 25166 82
Turtle_Creek 5361 83
Palmyra 7352 84
Shamokin 7370 85
New_Holland 5384 86
Clarion 5253 87
Franklin 6540 88
Franklin 6540 88
Hollidaysburg 5810 90
Yeadon 11477 90
Bloomsburg 14608 92
New_Kensington 13157 93
Broomall 11006 94
Croydon 10269 95
Horsham 14760 95
Carnegie 7965 97
Souderton 6640 98
Glenolden 7160 99

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19 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Pennsylvania

  1. I’m not going to argue that Shippensburg isn’t redneck, but a lot of these stats are “per capita” and they aren’t including a student population that is larger than the resident population.

  2. Since your original comment included “white” as a requirement of “redneck” perhaps you should have looked at the racial makeup of the area as well. The Stroudsburg area is 30% minority — third largest in PA after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — and surely that has to mean something. (Yes, we have lots of bars but we’re also a college town!)

  3. This is a very poor representation of what towns are redneck in Pennsylvania.

    An easy example: Shippensburg has plenty of rednecks, but it’s largely a college town – which explains the number of bars and the low income levels.

    Roadsnacks needs to go back to the drawing board on this one. I hope no one goes looking for rednecks based on this article or they will miss out on some of the true rednecks that Pennsylvania has to offer!

  4. HOW did they miss Williamsport?!?! Home of the Little League World Series! And NOTHING else! Total hell hole! It’s winter from september until may! Most depressing city ever!

  5. The irony that you’re showing a lesbian bar in the picture for Lancaster shows you don’t have a clue about this city.

  6. Well if you think Mechanicsburg is redneck you are an idiot. It is far from it. Not even close. Thanks for playing but try again.

  7. this list is SO FAR off. however wrote this has absolutely NO CLUE what they are taking about, I have been traveling PA for a living for years now and you guys have this so wrong its not even funny. To List Lancaster and not York. Pittston but not tunkhannock or Noxen?? on and on I could go. Nonsense, you folks are out of your mind.

  8. Gosh, I grew up in Genesee, Pa., and all this talk about “rednecks” just made me homesick. I have to tell you, Genesee had a population of 500? Mostly farm folks…wonderful hard working, Christian people. I graduated from high school with a superior knowledge of classical literature, music, and history, much more so than my kids and grandkids, who have attended AAA schools in other cities. Attending college, I was. Dean’s list student, with no difficulty. Have always been grateful for my “small town beginnings!”

  9. I’ve lived in Lancaster all my life and I will agree there are rednecks here as well as dive bars but I must say there’s no place I’d rather call home. Yes times are changing but this town has its ups and downs just like anyplace else. Besides there is plenty of history in this town and many many Good people. Rednecks are everywhere they don’t bother me at all. I say live and let live! I Love Lancaster Pa!!!

  10. I’m from philly n have property right outside of sayre for over 20 years n have a few dozen friends up there n their all rednecks n proud of it. HERE IS A SHOUT OUT TO THE KING OF THE RED NECK ” REDS” I’LL ALWAYS HAVE Ur BACK Dude. Your flatlander friend T Higgins

  11. They missed Towanda, Wysox, New Albany, Dushore, South Waverly, Athens, heck….., all of Bradford County.
    And yes, Dushore is in Sullivan County. Don’t know if Sullivan County even has a Wal-Mart.
    And yes I know, because I grew up in the area.

  12. Nanty-Glo Pa needs to be on this list for sure. As well as Middleburg. I know because I’ve lived in both towns. Who ever commented York, PA is an absolute idiot. York is far from redneck. This whole list is wrong and pathetic.

  13. To have a statistic of number of graduates is appalling. Just because you are a redneck doesn’t mean you didn’t graduate. Did they cross reference that with drugs?!?! I think rednecks are more of the hard working hands on type of people! That doesn’t mean the ate uneducated!

  14. To use the statistics of the number of graduates is appalling. Did you take into account the number of addicts or anything else for that. I see rednecks as some of the hardest working people you will ever meet! That doesn’t make them dumb, I think you may have a different perspective about things…absolutely ridiculous!

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