These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Idaho


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called an Idaho 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 Potato Land.

Plus, we’ve heard Idaho is almost 100% rednecks of some variety. I mean, you guys have more guns than kids. And have you ever heard this joke:

Did you hear that the governor’s mansion in Idaho burned down?

Almost took out the whole trailer park

All jokes aside, we post the question: 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 Idaho 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 Idaho:

  1. Salmon
  2. Burley (Photos)
  3. St. Maries
  4. Ponderay
  5. Jerome
  6. Kamiah
  7. Homedale
  8. Victor
  9. Challis
  10. Weiser (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 Idaho, 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, 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.

Additionally, high school graduation rates factor in the total town’s graduation rate, not the number of graduates from the high school every year.

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1. Salmon

The Lantern Bar, Salmon, ID. Google Maps

Population: 4,608
High school graduation rate: 78%
Bars per capita: 7th in Idaho
Dollar stores per capita: 10th

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

Let’s see why. Whelp, first off, rednecks sure like to throw back some cold Busch Lights. And in Salmon, you guys have almost more bars per capita than anywhere else in the state. Nothing’s more redneck than sitting around the bar all afternoon, talking about when rut’s gonna hit.

And, did you know Salmon is home to the annual wolf and coyote hunting derby? There’s nothing more redneck than that.

When you consider that nearly 1 in 4 people here never graduated high school, what you’ve got is a little slice of redneck heaven about 10 beers southwest of Butte.

2. Burley

The Reloading Center, Burley, ID. Google Maps

Population: 10,157
High school graduation rate: 68%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 8th in ID
Walmart rank: 6th

Yes, siree, there’s plenty of rednecks in the boonies around the Burley area, that’s fer damn sure.

Just the name of the town sounds necky.

Every good redneck town has to have a Walmart, and Burley has one all to themselves. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

In fact, Burley’s Walmart is right along the banks of the Snake River. That means they can just walk in barefoot and grab whatever it is the fish are bitin’ on that day. Shoot, they can probably just open up the tailgate and throw in a line from the Walmart parking lot.

You can really tell who wasn’t studying. Burley teens, that’s who. That’s okay; with so many hunting and fishing distractions in the area, you can’t really blame them.

3. St. Maries

Guns N Pawn, St. Maries, ID. Google Maps

Population: 2,568
Chew factor: 6
Trailer parks per capita: 6th in ID

Per capita, there are almost more trailer, mobile home and RV parks in St. Maries than anywhere else. Rednecks love nothing more than sitting out by the fire, plugging rounds into the bug zapper.

And the number of tobacco stores per capita – what we refer to as the ‘chew factor’ – is sky high here. Burley’s is a 6. That means you ain’t runnin’ out of chew, that’s for sure.

St. Maries is way out in the boonies. If you want to see ‘em, take Route 3 south off of I-90 for a while. Look for the big pile of beer cans and the underwear frozen to the clothes line.

And bring duck tape. They’re out.

4. Ponderay

Army Surplus 1, Ponderay, ID. From their Facebook page

Population: 1,287
Gun stores per capita: 3rd in Idaho
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 1st
Walmart rank: 1st

They’ve got everything a redneck could ever want out in Ponderay, right along the banks of Lake Pend Oreille in the panhandle. Fishing, hunting, their very own Walmart…a redneck baby could grow up into a redneck dad and never have to leave Ponderay their entire lives.

Some probably don’t.

5. Jerome

Family Dollar, Jerome, ID. Google Maps

Population: 10,757
High school graduation rate: 61%
Chew factor: 10
Walmart rank: 4th

Wow, Jerome. Just think – had you guys studied even less as kids, you might have won this whole thing. When 4 out of 10 of you guys decided that blowing stuff up and getting stuck in the mud was more ‘fun’ than sitting in some math class on Monday morning, we can tell you guys know how to whoop it up redneck style big time.

That’s okay. We’re actually a little envious. Kinda sounds like fun.

6. Kamiah

Dale & Jill’s Sporting Goods, Kamiah, ID. Google Maps

Population: 1,400
Gun stores per capita: 5th in Idaho
High school graduation rate: 73%
Dollar stores per capita: 3rd

Way, way out on Route 12 east of Lewiston is the little necky town of Kamiah. They figured goin’ to class was a bore, too. But don’t make fun of their education. See, they have some gun stores in the area, and you can be sure they know how to use them.

Nothing’s more pissed off than a drunk redneck. Say the wrong thing in these parts, and you just might get some britches full of lead.

7. Homedale

Homedale, ID. Google Maps

Population: 2,631
High school graduation rate: 59%
Gun stores per capita: 10th in Idaho
Bars per capita: 10th

Almost half of Homedale residents didn’t get a high school degree. And that’s not even the lowest in the state. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of blue collar jobs (or any jobs, actually) in the area.

When you’re driving through, be sure to be on guard. You can bet there’s lots of shells flyin around here at all hours. Especially during hunting season.

You can bet lots and lots of Homedale folks spend a lot of their time along the Snake River. Apparently these parts have some of the best dry fly fishing in the country.

You can probably smell the fish fryers all the way to Nampa.

8. Victor

World Cast Anglers, Victor, ID. Google Maps.

Population: 2,631
Gun stores per capita: 6th in Idaho
Bars per capita: 4th in Idaho
Chew factor: 3

Victor is way down by Wyoming, not too far from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The area around here might be the most isolated in the state.

They’re surrounded by mountains out here. You can bet the deer, bears, squirrels, coons and possums practically walk right up to their front room windows in this part of the state.

Rednecks are darn good shots. Vermints have no chance in hell anywhere in this area. None at all.

9. Challis

Bux’s Place, Challis, ID. Google Maps

Population: 1,304
Mobile home and trailer parks per capita: 8th in Idaho
Bars per capita: 7th
Fishing stores per capita: 7th

Take Route 93 out of Idaho Falls, and you’ll eventually come to a rednecky town called Challis.

Down on Main Street in Challis, Idaho, you’ll find Bux’s Place. And at the bar at Bux’s Place, you’ll find several rednecks, throwing back Coors Lights, talking about things that rednecks talk about.

You know, NASCAR, who shot their limit last fall, who has the loudest truck.

You can bet yer’ chickens that sounds like the kind of place that’s worth stoppin’ by for a bit.

10. Weiser

Clifford’s Tavern, Weiser, ID. Google Maps

Population: 5,469
High school graduation rate: 67%
Bars per capita: 5th in ID
Chew factor: 9th

Weiser has plenty of places to drink and smoke, and they have a dollar store. So there’s no excuse for showing up to a Weiser barbecue empty handed.

But if they want to go to Walmart, they have to gas up the truck and rumble into Oregon. That’s only for special occasions, like when the cousins from Salmon are coming into town.

By the way, Weiser, it’s never too late to work on your GED. And that doesn’t stand for Get ‘Er Done, either.

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 Idaho 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 cities in Idaho (if that’s even possible):

  1. Chubbock (Pop. 13,773)
  2. Iona (Pop. 1,679)
  3. Osburn (Pop. 1,663)
  4. Preston (5,162)
  5. Sugar City (Pop. 1,270)

We also wrote a story on the worst places to live in Idaho if you didn’t happen to see it. Click that link to read it.

City Population Rank
Salmon 3117 1
Burley 10157 2
St. Maries 2568 3
Ponderay 1287 4
Jerome 10757 5
Kamiah 1400 6
Homedale 2631 7
Victor 2088 8
Challis 1304 9
Weiser 5469 10
Sun Valley 1226 11
Ketchum 2728 12
Driggs 2191 13
Sandpoint 7397 14
Orofino 3103 15
Kellogg 2151 16
Bellevue 2010 17
Bonners Ferry 2621 18
Wendell 2750 19
Emmett 6555 20
Parma 2119 21
Arco 1158 22
Wilder 1627 23
New Plymouth 1674 24
Ashton 894 25
Blackfoot 11781 26
Payette 7462 27
Priest River 1721 27
Gooding 3533 29
Rupert 5496 30
Garden City 11095 31
Glenns Ferry 1367 32
Fruitland 4678 33
Buhl 4122 34
Grangeville 3150 35
Dalton Gardens 2140 36
Spirit Lake 1684 37
Hansen 1055 38
Plummer 1027 39
Ucon 1560 40
Malad City 2208 41
Paul 1101 42
Star 5745 43
Pinehurst 1525 44
Heyburn 3076 45
American Falls 4382 46
Hailey 7905 47
Montpelier 2585 48
Middleton 5542 49
Marsing 1409 50
Rathdrum 6840 51
St. Anthony 3527 52
Soda Springs 3024 53
Shoshone 1908 54
Aberdeen 2101 55
Hayden 13258 55
Mountain Home 13879 57
Rigby 3921 58
Shelley 4384 59
Genesee 994 60
Filer 2490 61
Kuna 15192 62
Kimberly 3257 63
Ammon 13575 64
Mccall 2938 64
Eagle 19952 66
Lapwai 1219 67
Sugar City 1270 68
Preston 5162 69
Osburn 1633 70
Iona 1679 71
Chubbuck 13773 72

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9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Idaho

  1. Problem with your article is that these are not cities, they are towns!!!! Cities are big, towns are small….duh!!!! We may be rednecks, but we are not idiots.

  2. Weiser doesn’t have a dollar store. Weiser also has a whopping two bars that serve liqour and two that serve only beer. Indeed you are ignorant of facts and yet still claim that science determined the ranking. Science not based on fact is junk science and is every bit as unreliable as this article. Quit misleading people and tarnishing reputations of communities that you obviously have never visited.

  3. Don’t know where you got your info (or how long ago) about St. Maries but way off. Insulting too. Our last trailer park moved out August 2015. Was only two of them when I moved here in 2004. You didn’t list % of high school grads but it is very high! If this survey was meant to be humorous, it is not.

  4. #6 Kamiah is the reason you should be careful with stats. That town is multiracial and is on an Indian Reservation. I’ve never heard of Natives embracing the concept of Redneck. BTW I have met Chinese Americans who are Rednecks, but that is another story.

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  6. Burley and Jerome are huge hispanic communities with dairies and processing plants Burley has the Boat Regatta every year where people come from all over the country and boat race here. Our town is pretty big. In fact I own a tattoo shop here thats world known and we just attended the biggest tattoo show on earth. Walmart isnt our main attraction and no one walks barefoot here. We have great schools. We hunt and fish here because God has given us beautiful resources to do so. Its beautiful here. Its insulting to call us all rednecks. Im a hispanic professional.

  7. Weiser only makes 10th? I think you should factor in the National Old-time Fiddlers’ Contest that has taken place in Weiser every third full week of June since 1953! There’s actually a short documentary on youtube about Clifford’s Tavern… the dive bar next to the trailer park in the photo for 10th ranked Weiser.

    “Saturday at Clifford’s” …(the “fiddle friendly” watering hole with the “coldest beer in town”) https://youtu.be/at_8isICkDU

  8. I take exception to your definition of redneck I will take the popular definition you know like Jeff Foxworthy The Dukes of Hazzard and in that context I am proud to be a redneck from Weiser

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