These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In California


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a California redneck? Sure, every state has them. While they might be defined with a different criteria in other states, there’s plenty of them all over The Golden State.

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, fish, 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 the most members of the California redneck family tree most likely live. Most of these places probably won’t surprise you.

Because, the data never lies, does it?

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

  1. Oroville (Photos)
  2. Barstow (Photos)
  3. Big Bear Lake (Photos)
  4. Sacramento (Photos)
  5. Red Bluff (Photos)
  6. Yreka (Photos)
  7. Perris (Photos)
  8. Redding (Photos)
  9. Hayfork
  10. Fresno (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked.

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What redneck criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most redneck cities in California, 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

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, Golden Corrals, 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.

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1. Oroville

Berry Creek Guns, Oroville, CA. Google Maps

Population: 15,489
High school graduation rate: 79%
Walmart rank: 9th in California
Tobacco stores per capita: 7th in CA
Gun stores per capita: 18th

Whoo-whee, Oroville! You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of California. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.

Let’s see why. First off, it’s very blue collar here. Nearly 1 in 4 people in Oroville didn’t finish high school. And it’s 75% white. Does that mean redneck? Not always.

But when you have one of the highest concentrations of places to buy guns, tobacco and you’ve got a Walmart, now we’re talkin’. In fact, have you looked at Oroville on a map?

Located in the hills, about 3 or 6 beers north of Sacramento, Oroville is smack dab in fishing central. They’ve got their own lake here, and nearby are plenty of mountainous areas where Oroville rednecks can shoot at all kinds of stuff. Bears, coons, squirrels, you name it.

Add it all up, and Oroville is redneck central.

2. Barstow

Sunny’s Too Tavern, Barstow, CA. Google Maps

Population: 22,836
Mobile home parks per capita: 3rd in CA
Chew factor: 12th
High school graduation rate: 75%

Yes, siree, there’s plenty of rednecks in the boonies of Barstow, that’s fer damn sure. It’s just a short pickup drive outside of the Inland Empire.

Barstow is just crawling with rednecks. There are just about as many trailer parks and mobile home parks per capita than anywhere else in the state. You can just picture all the Barstow necks out here, shootin’ their guns, driving their needlessly large trucks around, crushing cases of Coors Lights till the light of day.

They build dollar stores where the customers want them. There are at least 5 in Barstow. There is simply no excuse for a Barstow redneck to show up to an Apple Valley barbecue empty handed.

3. Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Sporting Goods, Big Bear Lake, CA. Google Maps.

Population: 5,085
Bars per capita: 1st in California
Chew factor: 5
Fishing/bait per capita: 9th in the state

Anyone who grew up in Southern California probably would agree with this assessment. Big Bear Lake folks are the step cousins of the Barstow necks. They’re actually not too far away. In fact, on a clear night, they can probably see one another shootin off their shotguns every 4th of July.

Of course, there’s endless fishing here. What does a redneck do with a catfish? What do you think they do with it. They shove their hand down its throat and take a picture with it.

There are also more bars per capita than anywhere else in the state. That means when a BBR (Big Bear Redneck) gets tossed out of one bar, he can just mosey down the road and holler at the next one.

The number of tobacco stores – what we refer to as the ‘chew factor’ – is sky high. Big Bear Lake’s chew factor is a 5.

4. Sacramento

Broadway Bait Rod and Gun, Sacramento, CA. Google Maps

Population: 467,467
Chew factor: 10
High school graduation rate: 80%
Walmart rank: 5th in the state

Well I’ll Be. The state capital is full of rednecks? You betcha.
When you look at the sheer number of Walmarts and dollar stores in the area, you’ll understand why. There are at least 10 Walmarts within a short hop in the truck, and the number of dollar stores is through the roof. 40 maybe? Too hard to count them all.

Most of Sacramento is very blue collar – white folks with basic education levels. And remember that study that came out a couple of years ago that ranked the most redneck cities in the nation? Sacramento came in 8th.

5. Red Bluff

Tips Bar, Red Bluff, CA. Google Maps

Population: 14,063
Walmart rank: 11th in California
Bars per capita: 22nd in CA
Gun stores per capita: 24th

If you’ve ever driven up the 5 north of Sacramento, you’ve passed through the redneckery that is Red Bluff. It’d be hard to miss. Lots of big trucks, loud country music blarin’. Places to get guns, ammo and bait.

There are also quite a few number of bars in Red Bluff. They might call them saloons up here, but you get the point. Fact is, you’d be hard pressed to find a more concentrated number of good ole’ boys in the state of California.

6. Yreka

Downtown Yreka, CA. Google Maps

Population: 7,732
Chew factor: 6
Walmart rank: 8th in the state
Trailer/mobile home parks per capita: 3rd in the state

There’s a trailer park for every 1,200 residents in Yreka, and there’s probably a trailer for every 100. And, they have their very own Walmart SuperCenter up there. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

If you want to check out the sheer redneckdom that is Yreka, head on up the 5 until you pass Route 3. Then look for a big pile of beer cans.

7. Perris

Perris Auto Speedway. From their Facebook page

Population: 68.084
High school graduation rate: 59%
Chew factor: 15
Dollar stores per capita: 12th

Perris, California. Home to trailer parks, dollar stores, big, loud trucks and high school dropouts.

Seriously, Perris? 4 out of 10 of you didn’t finish high school? Imagine how much higher on this list you would have finished had you ditched class even more often. Next time your redneck buddies want to go off roading on a Monday morning, think about this list. You all have so much more work to do.

And Perris has its own speedway, too. The races are on Saturday nights. Just an FYI in case you want to avoid the crowds at the Walmarts there.

8. Redding

Western Bait Shop, Redding, CA. Google Maps

Population: 91,000
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd in CA
Walmart rank: 5th
Bars per capita: 2nd in CA

There seems to be a debate online whether or not Redding is full of rednecks or meth heads. We’re going with the former. When you look at the sheer number of places to get fishing gear and to throw back a few cold ones, Redding is simply a magnet for rednecks in the central valley.

Meth heads are more interested in sitting on the porch, wasting the day away. There are too many distractions in Redding for a meth head to feel at home.

9. Hayfork

Downtown Hayfork, CA. Google Maps

Population: 2,389
High school graduation rate: 72%
Trailer parks per capita: 10th

We have to admit, we hadn’t heard of Hayfork, CA before. A quick Google later and there it is: A small community tucked away in the hills just west of Redding. We can talk about them all we want; odds are they aren’t even on Facebook.

They have everything a redneck needs up here. Cheap groceries, a gun store, a couple of bars. A trailer park. Baby rednecks born back in the hills up here don’t even need to truck into town their whole lives.

Some probably don’t.

10. Fresno

The Red Lantern Bar, Fresno, CA. Google Maps

Population: 495,777
Dollar store rank: 6th in CA
High school graduation rate: 71%
Gun stores per capita: 6th in CA

We figured Fresno would rank high on this list. Fresno is home to some of the most truck drivingest, redneckest people in the state. Plus, they’ve got both types of rednecks – the white country music lovin’ ones, and the hard-working, potentially illegal farm working rednecks.

They’ve got tons of dollar stores, Walmarts, bars and places to get chew up here.

Fresno might actually be redneck heaven.

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 California with blue collar workers, where people have lots of options for drinking, fishing, hunting and Walmarting, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote a story on the worst cities in California if you haven’t seen it yet. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Oroville 15492 1
Barstow 22836 2
Big Bear Lake 5085 3
Sacramento 467467 4
Red Bluff 14063 5
Yreka 7732 6
Perris 68084 7
Redding 8178 8
Hayfork 2389 9
Fresno 495777 10
Solvang 5261 11
Fort Bragg 7240 12
Westlake Village 8307 13
Corte Madera 9267 14
Woodside 5329 15
St. Helena 5846 16
Willows 6173 17
Crescent City 7560 18
Castroville 6103 19
Loomis 6527 20
Lakeside 21191 21
Cotati 7242 22
Marina Del Rey 9087 23
Sausalito 6998 24
Sebastopol 7411 25
Pismo Beach 7721 26
Fairfax 7446 27
Emeryville 9969 27
Cambria 6204 29
Aptos 6317 30
Thousand Palms 7558 31
Soquel 9919 32
Indian Wells 5008 33
Capitola 9914 34
Joshua Tree 7567 35
Oceano 7543 36
Taft 9264 37
Cherry Valley 5311 38
Tiburon 8959 39
Villa Park 5843 40
Rolling Hills Estates 8078 41
Escalon 7146 42
El Cerrito 23653 43
Winters 6724 44
Bermuda Dunes 7317 45
Anderson 9971 46
Calimesa 7932 47
Williams 5084 48
San Martin 7231 49
Boulder Creek 5188 50
Pollock Pines 6392 51
Boulder Creek 5188 52
Jamul 5633 53
Ojai 7499 54
Gustine 5518 55
Lucerne Valley 5946 55
Rio Vista 7266 57
Woodlake 7289 58
Valley Center 9454 59
Lake Arrowhead 9686 60
Ione 7619 61
Gridley 6537 62
Mentone 8495 63
Templeton 7200 64
Fowler 5655 64
Guadalupe 7021 66
Hughson 6581 67
Ben Lomond 6317 68
Cloverdale 8515 69
Kentfield 6616 70
Colusa 5937 71
Montecito 8540 72
Orland 7317 73
Midway City 8648 74
Rodeo 8867 75
Kensington 5169 76
Keyes 6301 77
Waterford 8432 78
Gonzales 8171 79
Homeland 6174 80
Nuevo 6310 81
Durham 5745 82
Crestline 9039 83
Gold River 8319 84
Earlimart 7532 85
Heber 5152 86
Huron 6740 86
Palermo 5197 88
Acton 7117 89
Orosi 9195 90
Corning 7628 91
Holtville 5948 92
Firebaugh 7639 93
Calipatria 7532 94
Running Springs 5121 95
Topanga 9055 96
Orange Cove 9166 97
Oasis 6006 98
Bret Harte 5343 99
Oak Hills 8814 100

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In California

    1. I am looking at google earth at this moment and it is the very same picture. I lived in Hayfork two years and knew exactly where the picture was taken…looks the same…I dont think ya’ll know what you are talking about. go to the end of Main St. and turn towards the car wash…..

  1. Interesting article but totally out of whack. It is possibly because the population is so low (which is just for the City of Big Bear Lake). We are a tourist destination, hence the fishing shops and bars!

  2. I noticed that your list of the 100 worst paces to live in California included every resort town in the San Bernardino mountains. What’s wrong man? Did you get busted up there or what?

  3. Wow…Roadsnacks continues to prove it’s ineptitude at anything even remotely valuable or accurate. How is Sacramento, with nearly 500,000 people, a “small town”? (BTW, there is no “dictionary definition of small town”; dictionarys only define single words).

    And Cherry Valley is on this list, even though Cherry Valley has no bars, no gun/ammo stores, no stores to buy fishing gear, and I believe there is one single mobile home park. It does have a Walmart in neighboring Beaumont, and a couple of dollar stores (also in neighboring Beaumont). Cherry Valley is also not a city, by definition; it is an unincorporated community in Riverside County.

    Seems to me that you people in Durham, NC could use a bit of additional “schoolin'” before you attempt to tell the rest of us anything. Maybe your own local Walmart carries “Statistics for Dummies”.

  4. Cool, and thx for crunching the data, which we still can’t deny, no matter where the town ranks or, even the definition of “redneck”. C’mon, when every one of them has a High School graduation rate of 70-75%, and the average graduation rate in the U.S. is over 85%, then what else do we call ’em?

  5. Marina Del Rey making #23 and Rolling Hills Estates coming in at #41 on this list is reason enough to question the accuracy of the research…

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