These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Tennessee


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

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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 Tennessee, and then put out a list.

Because, the data never lies, does it?

So, hold our beers and watch this. After analyzing all 106 cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Most Redneck Cities in Tennessee:

  1. Bolivar (Photos)
  2. Rockwood (Photos)
  3. Winchester (Photos)
  4. Pulaski (Photos)
  5. Lexington (Photos)
  6. Lawrenceburg (Photos)
  7. Lewisburg (Photos)
  8. Elizabethton (Photos)
  9. Maryville (Photos)
  10. Springfield (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 Tennessee, we first limited it to places with more than 5,00 people to keep things as apples-to-apples as possible.

We then 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 per capita
  • Lives in the south

And the stereotypical categories

  • Number of dive bars per city
  • Number of dentists per capita
  • 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, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the abridged chart.

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1. Bolivar

Population: 5,364
Gun stores per capita: 2nd in the state
Tobacco shops per capita: 5th in Tennessee
High school graduates per capita: 4th lowest
Walmarts per capita: 1st in Tennessee

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

Lets see why. Bolivar has a Walmart Supercenter. And there’s only 5,300 people there. That means they get an entire Walmart all to their own!

In all seriousness, Bolivar has the second-highest number of gun stores per capita, the second-highest number of smoke shops per capita and the fourth-lowest number of high school graduates in the entire state of Tennessee.

Little Bolivar won by a landslide.

For all interested parties, Bolivar is located about 90 minutes east of Memphis. Go there and prosper, young rednecks!

Bolivar residents click here to get your ‘Number One Redneck City in Tennessee’ T-Shirts.

2. Rockwood

Population: 5,537
High school graduates per capita: 9th lowest in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 7th highest
Walmarts per capita: 2nd in Tennessee

Rockwood has everything a redneck needs. There’s a Walmart and a community college in town. You’ve got two tobacco stores in a very small area. You got Sam’s Place to drown your sorrows in (pictured above). Plus, it’s 92% white.

Rednecks love to fish, and Watts Bar Lake is a huge, sprawling waterway perfect for a long day out in the boat.

Did you know actress Megan Fox is from Rockwood? Didn’t know she was a redneck.

3. Winchester

Population: 8,475
Gun stores per capita: 7th highest
Fishing stores per capita: 3rd most in the state

Can you think of a more redneck name for a town than Winchester? You can bet there are a lot of gun and ammo stores here. In fact, Winchester has the seventh-highest number of gun stores in the state, per capita. You can bet they fill a lot of turkey and deer tags down there.

There are almost more fishing and tackle shops per capita here than anywhere else in Tennessee, too. And there’s a lot of opportunity to catch some bass, as Tim’s Ford Lake has some of the best bass fishing in the state. Locals enjoy going to Larry’s Bar-B-Q, a place so redneck they don’t even have a website.

4. Pulaski

Population: 7,850
Bars in region per capita: 12th most in Tennessee
Fishing gear per capita: 18th in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 17th

Somewhere down in southern Tennessee you’ll find the tiny town of Pulaski. Locals can choose from Sarge’s or Kathy’s Tavern after they’re done trolling down at Richland Creek, which meanders right through town.

Plus, this little place has a Walmart and a Home Depot, all in the same parking lot. So, while dad is getting some plywood for that new deck, mom and the kids can get their shopping on, too.

However, maybe Pulaski rednecks are a little stubborn. As one local put it on City-Data, “If you aint’ from Pulaski, you ain’t part of the ‘community’ ‘.

5. Lexington

Population: 7,703
Dentists in town: 3
Tobacco shops per capita: 4th most in Tennessee
Bars per capita in the region: 12th most in the state

Lexington has three tobacco stores, a Walmart, and is right on the banks of Beech Lake. Locals also have the option of trolling at the nearby Big Sandy River and Forked Deer River. Plus, there aren’t many pesky dentists in town reminding Lexingtonians they should probably quit chewing tobacco.

What else would a redneck want?

6. Lawrenceburg

Population: 10,413
Fishing gear per capita: 4th most in Tennessee
Bars per capita and nearby: 12th highest in the state
High school graduates per capita: 14th lowest

Lawrenceburg is a little west of Pulaski on Route 64 in southern Tennessee. Outside of Shoals Creek, there’s limited fishing in the area, but plenty of smaller ponds and lakes. When did a ‘no fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck?

Lawrenceburg ranks high in Tennessee for least number of high school graduates and number of bars in the area. Plus, the city is 94% white, and according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, that means lots and lots of rednecks.

Plus, possible the most redneck American of them all, Davy Crockett, lived here for a long period of his life.

7. Lewisburg

Population: 11,121
Bars per capita and the area: 12th most in the state
Gun stores per person: 11th highest
High school graduates per capita: 15th lowest in Tennessee

On the banks of Big Rock Creek is the little city of Lewisburg. Located along I-65 an hour south of Nashville, Lewisburg ranks high as a redneck city primarily due to the number of bars and gun stores in the area. Daryl’s Guns is pictured above.

Local rednecks pile into Trolls Tavern. And since Lewisburg is in the ‘rolling hills of Middle Tennessee’, there’s lot of good hunting year round. Lewisburg rednecks who don’t want to drive to the many lakes and rivers in the area can simply head down to the Big Whiskers Catfish Farm, just outside of town.

8. Elizabethton

Population: 14,228
Fishing gear per capita: 6th most in Tennessee
Bars per capita: 13th highest in the state
Tobacco shops per person: 15th highest

Elizabethton has it made if you’re a redneck. It’s at the base of the Cherokee National Forest, which includes Watauga Lake as well as South Holston Lake. So you know there’s plenty of hunting and fishing nearby. And the Walmart is right at the base of the hills, so locals can stock up on the cheap before heading up the mountain.

There’s plenty of cigarette smoking going on as well. Locals don’t have a lot of opportunities for alcohol consumption within city limits, but there are plenty of dive bar options in nearby Johnson City.

And it’s 96% white.

Elizabethton might as well be redneck central in Tennessee when you consider all of those factors.

9. Maryville

Population: 27,547
High school graduates per capita: 3rd lowest in Tennessee
Bars per capita and nearby: 2nd most in the state
Fishing gear per person: 8th most

Maryville is actually the largest of the cities to top this list, meaning it has the most rednecks in the state of Tennessee. Congratulations.

While some will chime in that Maryville is a college town, take these numbers into consideration: Maryville residents actually have less education than those in Bolivar. There are only two other cities in Tennessee with less education, per capita. And, Maryville has nearly more dive bars per person than any other city in Tennessee. They’ll drink to that.

We didn’t factor in Maryville High School’s graduation rate. We simply looked at the number of people who live there who don’t have a high school diploma.

Per capita, Maryville has the fifth-most gun stores in the general vicinity as well.

So while most of the bars downtown Maryville might be considered ‘fratty’, the true rednecks who live here know how to find the dive bars just outside of town.

10. Springfield

Population: 16,445
Tobacco stores per capita: 6th most
Bars per capita: 12th most
Fishing gear per person: 18th most

Springfield is surrounded by creeks and has a Walmart smack dab in the middle. There’s plenty of places to get guns, beer, and to hunt, too, making it one of the most redneck cities in Tennessee.

There You Have It

We used the official dictionary definition of a redneck and stereotypes that the internet says are true. Then using science, we figured out the most redneck cities in Tennessee. If you’re analyzing smaller towns in Tennessee with blue collar workers, where people have lots of options for drinking, smoking, hunting and Walmarting, this is an accurate list.

Click here to see the data for all categories

Additionally, you might be interested in reading our post: 41 Photos Of Tennessee That Will Make You Want to Move There

Or, here’s a video we found that shows off Tennessee from above. A must watch!

If you’re curious enough, here are the least redneck cities in Tennessee, according to science.

  1. Tellico Village (Pop. 5,700)
  2. Farragut (Pop. 20,688)
  3. Germantown (Pop. 38,954)
  4. Spurgeon (Pop. 3,752)
  5. Lake City (Pop. 1,883)
City Population Worst Score Rank
Bolivar 5,432 7 1
Rockwood 5,537 13.67 2
Winchester 8,475 17.17 3
Pulaski 7,850 18.67 4
Lexington 7,703 18.67 5
Lawrenceburg 10,413 19.17 6
Lewisburg 11,121 19.17 7
Elizabethton 14,228 19.33 8
Maryville 27,547 19.67 9
Springfield 16,445 19.83 10
Clinton 9,827 20 11
Paris 10,139 20.67 12
Manchester 10,090 21.17 13
Humboldt 8,452 21.5 14
Fayetteville 6,887 21.83 15
Crossville 10,894 21.83 16
Dayton 7,217 22 17
Spencer 1,835 22.33 18
Brownsville 10,223 22.5 19
Harriman 6,369 23.17 20
Columbia 34,785 24.67 21
Covington 9,068 24.83 22
Lebanon 26,510 25.33 23
Loudon 5,460 25.83 24
Lenoir City 8,653 25.83 25
Greenbrier 6,420 26.33 26
Ripley 8,408 15 27
Henderson 6,263 27 28
Oakland 6,508 27 29
Goodlettsville 15,960 27.17 29
Morristown 29,112 27.67 31
Cleveland 41,461 27.83 32
Somerville 3,114 28.17 33
Dickson 14,629 28.5 34
Jonesborough 5,020 28.67 35
Sweetwater 5,827 28.83 35
Erwin 6,080 29 37
Tullahoma 18,769 29.17 38
Cookeville 30,439 29.5 39
Knoxville 179,973 30 39
Bristol 26,639 30 41
Union City 10,878 30.17 42
La Grange 91 30.83 43
Signal Mountain 7,573 31 44
Jackson 66,009 31.67 45
Jefferson City 8,118 31.67 45
Athens 13,492 31.83 47
Scotts Hill 925 31.83 47
New Union 1,111 32 49
Millington 10,377 32 50
Chattanooga 167,869 32.17 50
Milan 7,842 32.17 52
Dyersburg 17,132 32.17 53
Hartsville 7,827 32.33 54
Kingston 5,915 32.33 55
Alcoa 8,498 32.83 56
Middleton 836 32.83 57
Fairview 7,778 33.17 58
Maynardville 2,368 33.33 59
Gallatin 30,449 33.67 60
Pigeon Forge 5,917 34.33 61
Arlington 11,108 35 62
Mason 1,792 35 63
Kingsport 50,131 35.17 64
Millersville 6,181 35.17 64
Nashville 629,113 35.5 66
Memphis 651,050 35.83 67
South Fulton 1,999 35.83 68
Sewanee 2,959 36 69
Portland 11,454 36.33 70
Murfreesboro 109,172 37.17 71
Atoka 8,356 38.17 71
Bloomingdale 9,981 38.17 73
Mount Juliet 24,557 38.33 74
Lynchburg 6,349 38.33 74
Munford 5,929 39.17 76
White House 10,243 39.17 76
Clarksville 133,583 40 78
Lakewood Park 611 40 79
East Ridge 20,996 40.33 80
Johnson City 62,998 40.83 81
Hendersonville 51,500 41.33 82
Maury City 785 41.67 83
Franklin 64,833 42 84
Collegedale 8,367 42 85
Red Bank 11,723 42.17 86
Bartlett 54,452 42.5 87
Nolensville 5,812 42.67 88
Shackle Island 3,488 43.17 88
Collierville 44,613 43.33 90
Harrison 7,631 43.33 91
Church Hill 6,710 44 92
Sneedville 1,772 44.33 93
Mount Pleasant 4,576 45.33 94
Greenback 1,076 45.5 95
Greenfield 2,363 45.83 96
Oakdale 277 46.17 97
Brentwood 37,288 46.5 97
Silerton 267 46.5 99
Fairfield Glade 6,893 46.67 100
Lake City 1,883 46.83 101
Spurgeon 3,742 47 102
Germantown 38,954 47.33 102
Farragut 20,688 47.67 104
Tellico Village 5,700 48.17 105

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

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