These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Colorado


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

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

They aren’t all former Californians, some are ranchers, and most enjoy the things we’ll talk about below.

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 Colorado redneck family tree most likely live.

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 Colorado:

  1. Rifle (Photos)
  2. Delta (Photos)
  3. Manitou Springs (Photos)
  4. Akron
  5. Trinidad (Photos)
  6. Holyoke (Photos)
  7. Brush
  8. Durango (Photos)
  9. Pueblo (Photos)
  10. Fort Lupton (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 Colorado, 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 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.

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1. Rifle

Tradesman Gun Store, Rifle, CO. Google Maps

Population: 9,163
High school graduation rate: 75%
Gun stores per capita: 2nd in Colorado
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 11th in the state

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

First off, with a name like Rifle, it’s not really a surprise that it’s pretty redneck is it? I mean, they are true to their name. They have the 2nd most gun stores per capita in the state here.

And you can bet they use their weapons often. Colorado has a ton of hunting, obviously, and when you’re way out in the middle of nowhere like Rifle, you can pretty much shoot at anything all year long.

And, when you consider than 1 out of 4 people in Rifle didn’t finish high school, you know that it’s redneck central here.

2. Delta

Fishers Trading Post, Delta, CO. Google Maps

Population: 8,845
High school graduation rate: 76%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 4th in the state
Walmart rank: 9th in CO

Not only do the numbers indicate there are rednecks all over the place in Delta, but the high school graduation rate is really low. Imagine if the Delta rednecks had ditched school as much as their peers over in Rifle.

They could’ve won this thing.

There are plenty of places to get cheap bait out in Delta (including a Walmart), which is south of Grand Junction. And there are lots of spots to fish. Plus, rednecks here have the benefit of living at the base of several mountain ranges.

They could practically shoot at deer from their front porch. In fact, many probably do just that.

3. Manitou Springs

How many deer do you think are in these hills by Manitou Springs, CO? Lots. Google Maps.

Population: 5,051
Gun stores per capita: 2nd in Colorado
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd in Colorado
Dollar stores per capita: 5th

The folks in Manitou Springs ain’t rich, but they ain’t broke, either. In fact, you might call them rednecks with paychecks. They’re likely the necks who have the newer trucks with eco-boost.

Pay heed young rednecks of Colorado. Going to class pays off. You can one day have the thickest camo and the finest shotguns.

4. Akron

Downtown Akron, CO. Google Maps

Population: 1,705
High school graduation rate: 76%

Okay, so who’s going to argue against Akron, Colorado (or any city in Washington County) ranking on this list? These are the people who want to secede from the rest of Colorado and start a 51st state.

It’s a very backwards, basic place where people wear camo to church and drive around town with steer horns on the front of their car. In fact, Akron might have more rednecks per capita than anywhere else in Colorado.

Put that in your lip and chew on it.

5. Trinidad

Trinidad, CO. Google Maps

Population: 12,350
High school graduation rate: 76%
Guns and ammo per capita: 12th in Colorado
Fishing/bait shops capita:11th in the state

Way down on I-25 near New Mexico is the redneck enclave of Trinidad. Where it’s 84% white, and nearly 1 in 4 people didn’t finish high school.

They have a Walmart and Family Dollar all to their very own. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

A redneck growing up here wouldn’t even have to leave the friendly confines of Trinidad their entire lives. Many probably don’t.

6. Holyoke

Downtown Holyoke, CO. From their Facebook page

Population: 2,263
High school graduation rate: 74%

See Akron.

7. Brush

Shooter’s Saloon, Brush, CO. Google Maps

Population: 5,478
High school graduation rate: 74%
Chew factor: 7
Dollar store rank: 8th

Brush is the largest of the eastern rebels that we’ll feature in this list. They actually have a website for their city (and no, it isn’t covered in camouflage wallpaper).

When you look at the numbers, it’s pretty clear that most of the folks in Brush are leading members of the Colorado redneck family tree. They have options for cheap bait, beer, ammo, and the number of tobacco stores per capita – what we call the ‘chew factor’ – is a 7.

8. Durango

Rocky Mountain Gun and Pawn, Durango, CO. Google Maps

Population: 16,936
Chew factor: 5
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 9th in the state
Bars per capita: 5th in Colorado

Who is really gonna argue that Durango isn’t one of the most redneck cities in Colorado? They might be a different type of redneck from the barefoot, camo wearing people of the eastern plains, but, come on.

Durango has almost as many bars per person in the state and enough chew to choke a herd of buffalo. They shoot their guns, drive their trucks and love America.

9. Pueblo

Google Maps

Population: 106,224
High school graduation rate: 78%
Chew factor: 5
Mobile home parks per capita: 5th

The Pueblo rednecks are the cousins that no one wants to admit they are related to. Sure, they’re down there, and every now and then, you send them a Christmas card (or a welfare check).

It’s pretty clear when you look at the numbers that this place is crawling with rednecks. And the internet seems to agree. In fact, there was a debate as to whether there are more rednecks in Pueblo or Colorado Springs.

Our data puts an end to this argument.

10. Fort Lupton

Station Three Lounge, Fort Lupton, CO. Google Maps

Population: 7,478
High school graduation rate: 65%

The only reason that Fort Lupton didn’t win this whole thing is because whoever is runnin the place has outright lost touch with the constituency. More than a third of the population didn’t finish high school, and it’s almost 90% white here.

How on earth is there not at least one Walmart, a few dollar stores and a Golden Corral? Rednecks of Fort Lupton: we hear your plight. Start writing letters. Do a redneck sit in. We’re pulling for you. Why?

A redneck never fails. Ever.

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least redneck places in Colorado:

  1. Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,043)
  2. Gunbarrel (Pop. 9,303)
  3. Stonegate (Pop. 9,332)
  4. The Pinery (Pop. 11,099)
  5. Woodmoor (Pop. 8,641)

We also wrote a story on the 10 worst places to live in Colorado if you haven’t seen it yet. Click here to read it.

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Colorado

  1. The picture you have for Durango is not the Durango Walmart. People in Durango do not “shoot their guns drive their trucks and love America.” It’s populated, within the city limits, by trust funders, college students, retirees and transplants from California, and the average price for a home is over a half-million dollars, while the average person earns $8.50 an hour. There are far more prius drivers than truck drivers, and the trucks are Toyotas and Lincolns, not Fords and Chevys. The residents may smoke, but never cigarettes, unless they are grown from organic, cruelty-free tobacco, and most of what they smoke has to be bought in a dispensary. And as far as loving America, you obviously haven’t been to this screaming left-wing town, where virtually every political bumper sticker has an ass on it, not an elephant.

  2. Clifton Colorado would be my No. 1 choice. I grew up in Grand Junction and have always considered G.J. redneck but Clifton takes the grand prize IMO.

  3. I am glad I read this. I am now thinking moving from Durango to somewhere progressive, like Fort Morgan or Cortez.

    You should come up out of the basement once in a while and actually check it out.

  4. I went to Denver for my graduation from Colorado technical University in 2016. From what I gathered about the people’s attitudes towards tourist’s was surprising. I loved how they kept downtown Denver clean; picking up trash making sure trash barrels were emptied through out the day was amazing.

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