These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Virginia


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Virginia 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 Virginia, 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 174 of cities between 5,000 and 40,000 people in the Commonwealth, we came up with this list as The Most Redneck Cities in Virginia:

  1. Woodstock (Photos)
  2. Warrenton (Photos)
  3. Ashland (Photos)
  4. Abingdon (Photos)
  5. Manassas (Photos)
  6. Richlands (Photos)
  7. Covington (Photos)
  8. Marion (Photos)
  9. Clarksville
  10. Winchester (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 Virginia, 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, Dollar Generals and Piggly Wigglys 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.

Edit: Due to popular demand, we also have Virginia redneck t shirts for all of the top 10 cities. Click here to see them.

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1. Woodstock

G & S Wild Country Outfitters, Woodstock, VA. Source: Their Facebook page.

Population: 5,099
Gun stores per capita: 38th
Fishing shops per capita: 4th
Mobile home parks per capita: 11th in the state
High school graduation rate: 84%

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

Lets see why. Woodstock has the 4th most fishing/tackle stores per capita, and the 11th most mobile home parks per capita in the state. Plus, they even have a Walmart all to themselves way out here. Cheap bait!

Woodstock is way up in Shenandoah County, near the Maryland state line. Tucked away in between the hills of the eastern Appalachians along I-81, there’s a lot for rednecks to do. They have the North Fork of the Shenandoah River running right through town, where you’ve got some of the top smallmouth bass fishing in the eastern U.S.

There’s lot of hunting spots listed for sale in the Woodstock area, so you know the big and small game shooting is great.

You can understand why so many rednecks live here. It’s 91% white, and many of the residents have blue collar jobs. That’s so redneck.

2. Warrenton

The boys at Warrenton Arms and Outdoors, Warrenton, VA. Source: Their Facebook page

Population: 9,571
Gun stores per capita: 1st in the state
Bars per capita: 8th in Virginia
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 1st

Where can you get tons of guns, ammo and fishing gear, plus spend the afternoon elbowed up to a local bar? In Warrenton, Virginia, that’s where.

You’ve got more gun stores per capita and more places to get your bait and tackle than anywhere else in the state. You’re gonna have to drive a bit though to throw in your line, unless you want to troll in some possibly private lakes and ponds. But when did a ‘No Fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck?

Rednecks who want to ditch the truck and camo have the option of fox hunting in Warrenton, too. Have you ever met a preppy redneck you didn’t love?

3. Ashland

Source: Green Top Sporting Goods Facebook page, Ashland, VA

Population: 7,239
High school graduation rate: 82%
Tobacco stores per capita: 1st in Virginia
Fishing/tackle per capita: 2nd in the state
Mobile home parks per capita: 10th

Ashland might be where you’ve got a lot of city-slicker rednecks. Located just outside the Richmond beltway, you’ve got a ton of options to gear up your tackle box for a weekend out on the river. Nearby is the South Anna River, which has great spinning, fly fishing and baitcasting.

You’ll probably see lots of redneck dads with their kids out here on the weekends. And, extra bonus: Ashland has a Bass Pro Shops, where you have endless isles of redneckery at your disposal.

Plus, there are more tobacco stores per capita in the Ashland area than anywhere else. Cheap chew!

4. Abingdon

Locals caught a biggie at Virginia Creeper Fly Shop, Abingdon, VA. Source: Their Facebook page.

Population: 8,166
Bars per capita: 25th in Virginia
Fishing gear per capita: 26th in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 4th

Abingdon is a smallish blue collar city that’s 92% white. Located down I-81 near the Tennessee state line, there are a ton of great fishing and hunting options. No wonder why so many rednecks pile into this place.

Abingdon has the 4th highest number of tobacco stores in the state, per capita, as well as a high number of bars and fishing shops. Locals can pile into JJ’s Restaurant to drown their sorrows over some country fried steak and tell stories about how big that bass was that got away.

Unfortunately, you have a short 20 minute drive to Walmart to get the best deals on rods and reels.

5. Manassas

Locals all geared up at Virginia Arms Company in Manassas, VA. Source: Their Facebook page.

Population: 37,943
Gun and ammo shops per capita: 11th in the state
Tobacco shops in the area: 13th
Bars in the area:12th in the state, per capita
Tobacco stores per capita:13th in the state

There’s some debate online whether or not Manassas is still ‘really’ redneck or just ‘kinda’ redneck, since, apparently the city has undergone some changes over the last several years. However, these numbers indicate it’s still heavily redneck.

You have a ton of options for getting your smokes and chew, and several dive bars in the area to gather to talk about when rut is gonna hit.

Here’s what a commenter on City-Data has to say about Manassas: “Man have we got the most annoying redneck neighbors living across the road from us. You can tell they’re rednecks alright because their truck has got at least five or six different colors on the thing and sometimes when they’re out in the front yard they have a habit of being pretty god dang loud as well.”

Take pride, Manassas rednecks. They’re talking about you.

6. Richlands

H.V. Sporting Goods, Richlands, VA. Source: Their Facebook page

Population: 5,811
High school graduation rate: 72%
Mobile home parks per capita in area: 11th most in Virginia
Tobacco shops per capita: 15th most
Fishing stores per capita:9th most

Waaaaay out on Route 460 near the West Virginia/Kentucky border is Richlands, which is a blue collar town that’s 98% white. Here, you have a high number of fishing options per capita, and plenty of places to shop for your smokes and chew.

You’ve also got a Dollar General and H.V. Sporting Goods, so the kids can grab cheap pop, while you get some fresh bait and then head down to the Clinch River to get some of the finest trout fishing in the eastern U.S.

Rednecks roam freely in this part of the state. You could consider it redneck heaven.

7. Covington

One of many fishing areas within Covington, VA. Google Maps

Population: 5,903
Bars per capita and the area: 16th most in Virginia
Gun stores per capita: 7th in the state
Tobacco stores per capita: 17th in the state
Mobile home parks in area: 10th most

In the middle of the Appalachian mountains along I-64, you’ll find little Covington, which is just about as redneck as you can get. Covington has the 7th most gun stores per capita in the state, the 16th most bars per person, and the 16th most fishing/bait shops in Virginia.

And, they have a Walmart SuperCenter, a Dollar Tree and several pawn shops all to themselves. You can bet way out here, everyone knows who shot the biggest buck every fall, and whose kid shot his limit the most times.

8. Marion

The game practically walks right onto your yard in Marion, VA. Google Maps

Population: 5,943
High school graduation rate: 80%
Fishing stores per capita: 13th in the state
Ammo per capita: 17th in the state

You can see why so many rednecks live here per capita. Another city along the I-81 corridor in northern Virginia, Marion has the 13th most fishing shops/bait stores and the 17th most bars in the area in the state. Plus, it’s almost 90% white.

Rednecks here have endless options for fishing and hunting out here. And, of course, there’s a Walmart in town.

Marion also has a huge part in the development of Mountain Dew. That’s a very redneck drink, and there’s been chatter online that rednecks should fly a Mountain Dew flag next to their confederate flags. That’s a little extreme, but you get the point.

9. Clarksville

Customer right outside of Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle, Clarksville, VA. Source: Their Facebook page.

Population: 1,130
High school graduation rate: 77%
Fishing stores per capita: 5th in the state
Tobacco stores per person: 22nd

Tiny little Clarksville has a huge history of tobacco production, so you think the tobacco stores per capita would be a lot higher. But, you’d most likely see people chewing in church here.

Located along the Roanoke River, this place is just the tits when it comes to fishing opportunities. You can gas up the truck and boat and get your night crawlers and shad at Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle, which has a website so redneck it’s got bass wallpaper on it.

10. Winchester

Backseat Bar & Grill, Winchester, VA. Source: Google Maps.

Population: 26,230
Gun stores: 13th most per capita in Virginia
Mobile home parks per capita and in area: 10th most
Bars per capita: 5th in VA

You can understand why rednecks would make Winchester their home. You’ve got a lot of options for buying your ammo and your chew. There are several rednecky bars in the area. And most importantly, several mobile home parks in the area.

Did you know Winchester is the birthplace of Rebecca Boone, the wife of frontiersman Daniel Boone? He was one of the original American rednecks.

It sounds like there are a lot of lady rednecks carrying on her tradition in Winchester, even to this 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 Virginia 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 Virginia, according to science.

  1. Wyndham (Pop. 9,610
  2. Greenbriar (Pop. 8.050)
  3. Floris (Pop. 8,418)
  4. Cascades (Pop. 12,039)
  5. Belmont (Pop. 5,663)

Edit: We have T shirts available for all of the top redneck cities in Virginia. Click here to see them.

We published a story on the 10 worst cities to live in Virginia, that might be more ‘stimulating’ reading for your day. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Woodstock 5099 1
Warrenton 9571 2
Ashland 7239 3
Abingdon 8166 4
Manassas 37943 5
Richlands 5811 6
Covington 5903 7
Marion 5953 8
Clarksville 8127 9
Winchester 26330 10
Colonial Heights 17426 11
Springfield 31321 12
Sterling 26169 13
Fredericksburg 24932 14
Vinton 8087 15
Hopewell 22501 16
Bristol 17747 17
Franklin 8531 18
Salem 24792 19
Petersburg 32226 20
Martinsville 13854 21
Wytheville 8205 22
Big Stone Gap 5567 23
Smithfield 8059 24
Vienna 15748 25
Leesburg 43208 26
Galax 6942 27
Chantilly 23248 28
Lynchburg 75657 29
Front Royal 14537 30
Collinsville 7663 31
Purcellville 7754 32
Bedford 6103 33
Pulaski 9084 34
Staunton 23906 35
Gainesville 11225 36
Chester 20398 37
Harrisonburg 49043 38
Bluefield 5451 38
Roanoke 96742 40
Glen Allen 15522 41
Danville 43185 42
Richmond 205348 43
Sandston 7555 44
Manassas Park 14409 45
Radford 16511 45
Buena Vista 6679 47
Waynesboro 21030 48
Charlottesville 43223 49
Strasburg 6348 50
Emporia 5825 51
Annandale 39669 52
Lorton 19293 53
Fort Lee 5346 54
Herndon 23424 55
Norfolk 243056 56
Arlington 209077 57
Triangle 8172 58
Madison Heights 11121 59
Highland Springs 16536 60
Lexington 6990 61
Gloucester Point 10414 62
Virginia Beach 439528 63
Bailey’S Crossroads 23027 64
Portsmouth 95786 65
Dumfries 5001 66
Blacksburg 42539 67
Alexandria 140337 68
Bensley 5374 69
Bellwood 5521 70
Dale City 66593 70
West Springfield 22788 72
Seven Corners 8565 73
Marumsco 37218 74
Poquoson 12110 75
Newport News 180831 76
Hybla Valley 15513 77
Montrose 7874 78
Hampton 137471 79
Christiansburg 20980 80
Stone Ridge 7040 81
Mechanicsville 36621 82
Yorkshire 7091 83
Reston 58396 84
Suffolk 84216 85
Merrifield 14999 86
Woodlawn (Fairfax County) 19414 86
Groveton 14293 88
Ashburn 44740 88
Dumbarton 7782 90
Bull Run 14012 91
Chesapeake 223233 92
Stuarts Draft 7550 93
Tysons Corner 20118 94
West Falls Church 27758 95
Oakton 34364 95
Lincolnia 21431 97
Burke 41454 97
Sudley 15347 99
Laurel 16412 100
Meadowbrook 18762 101
Ettrick 6216 102
North Springfield 7338 103
Lakeside 11976 104
Pimmit Hills 6778 105
Huntington 10973 106
East Highland Park 13940 107
Belle Haven 6808 108
Belle Haven 6808 108
Newington 12889 108
Chamberlayne 5917 111
Hollins 15195 112
Timberlake 13504 113
Manchester 11227 114
Dulles Town Center 5305 115
Neabsco 12204 116
Rose Hill (Fairfax County) 19127 117
Potomac Mills 5473 118
Cherry Hill 15624 119
New Baltimore 8535 120
Sugarland Run 11904 121
Newington Forest 13020 122
Rockwood 8436 123
Great Falls 16098 124
Centreville 72465 125
Lake Barcroft 9739 126
Montclair 19877 126
Laurel Hill 6682 128
Bon Air 16543 129
Idylwood 16756 130
Woodburn 9026 131
Franconia 18775 131
Lake Ridge 40775 133
Mount Vernon 12271 134
Kings Park West 13687 134
Tuckahoe 45586 136
Buckhall 16160 137
Lake Of The Woods 7498 138
Dunn Loring 9647 139
Linton Hall 37660 140
Fair Lakes 7559 141
Burke Centre 17343 142
Mcnair 17120 143
Mclean 48221 144
Lowes Island 11458 145
Lake Monticello 9973 146
Kingstowne 14478 147
Crosspointe 6010 148
Independent Hill 7426 149
Countryside 9816 150
Brambleton 10686 150
Fair Oaks 29708 152
Mantua 7484 153
Innsbrook 7432 154
Cave Spring 25836 155
Short Pump 26081 156
Aquia Harbour 6293 157
South Riding 24745 158
Dranesville 11936 159
South Run 6524 160
Long Branch 7540 161
Broadlands 11876 162
Wolf Trap 16738 162
Lansdowne 11211 164
Woodlake 7385 165
Franklin Farm 19869 166
Brandermill 12931 167
Fort Hunt 16736 168
Belmont 5663 169
Cascades 12056 170
Floris 8418 171
Greenbriar 8050 172
Wyndham 9610 173

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26 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Virginia

  1. I take offense to being the #2 most redneck city in Virginia. First of all your statistics are inaccurate. I know it is all in fun but the majority of those living in Warrenton are well educated. Please check your facts as there are way more rednecks elsewhere.

  2. Haha. I live in Woodstock and have a better education then this author. He or she should really know their information before posting info like this.

  3. The term redneck also comes from Union supporters who helped unionize coal mines in the 20’s. If you were union you wore a red bandana around your neck. With that said there’s only one town on that list that truly has coal roots and that’s Richlands. How could the author leave out Hurley. The high school has a giant rebel flag painted on the front door of the school and on a rock cliff overlooking the football field.

  4. I also live in Woodstock & think it is ridiculous that our town is even on this list. Apparently this author has never been to Woodstock or visited the surrounding towns. Maybe you should try going further South & visit Mt Jackson or New Market if you want to see what a real Redneck town looks like. I’m about as far from being Redneck as you can get & i personally can’t stand to be around Rednecks. I’m a pround resident of Woodstock & I’m highly offended by this story as are many others who live in Woodstock VA!!

    1. Us rednecks in Clarksville are offended that y’all Yankees in Woodstock are on the list too but next time they do the list they need to look at Skipwith

  5. I don’t believe the college drop out rate can be a detirmining when you don’t know who is dropping out. Mannassas is more populated with city dwellers anyhow. Just like inner cities have drop outs as well. This says nothing about lifestyle.

    1. I know. Im smack dab in the center of manassas and its mostly city and suburban people. The “facts” are all wrong with the writter

  6. Whiners, yuppie whiners. Southwest va. Should have placed at least, towns in the first five spots, proudly so. No rednecks anywhere above Roanoak. Or men with balls for that matter. But, most northern Va women, do, have Harry legs.

  7. Don’t agree. If you have Walmart, Bass Pro Shops etc your to high dollar to be Redneck. Real Redneck is the Duct tape, Jury rigging type not the go buy it new.

  8. no shame in being a redneck. They will be the most likely to lend a hand or a meal to someone down on their luck. This author clearly knows nothing about true rednecks or the state of Virginia. And I’m from New Jersey! Love the Shenandoah Valley and the I81 corridor

  9. I live in Woodstock and ive only seen one trailer park here, and no bait shops…im sure there’s a place to get bait as ppl do fish around here. There are no bars, dive or toherwise here…yes we have a walmart but winchester has 5 and a bass pro shop 😉

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