These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Maine


We used science and data to determine which places in ME are redneck heaven.

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Maine 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 Pine Tree 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 Maine 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 Maine:

  1. Skowhegan
  2. Houlton
  3. Lincoln
  4. Calais (Photos)
  5. Hebron
  6. Sanford
  7. Rockland (Photos)
  8. Kittery
  9. Scarborough
  10. Farmington

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 Maine, 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. Skowhegan

Downtown Skowhegan, ME. Google Maps

Population: 6,438
High school graduation rate: 77%
Gun stores per capita: 4th in the state
’Chew factor: 7

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

You’ve for the Kennebec River that meanders right through town, meaning lots of fly fishing opportunities.

There’s several places to get a new shotgun, and the number of tobacco stores, which we call the ‘chew factor’ is a 7.

You know there are lots of moose tags filled every year out here. Rednecks love them some moose.

2. Houlton

M.A.C.S. Trading Post, Houlton, ME. Google Maps.

Population: 5,051
Trailer parks per capita: 7th in Maine
Dollar stores per capita: 5th

Way up right on the Canadian border is Houlton, which you know is crawling with rednecks when you look at the data. There are just about more trailer parks and dollar stores per capita than anywhere else in Maine.

You can imagine what the Canadians are thinking when they look over the border and see a bunch of beer toten, moose shooting Houlton rednecks on snowmobiles flyin’ around up here.

God Bless America.

3. Lincoln

Gillmor’s BBQ, Lincoln, ME. Google Maps

Population: 3,189
High school graduation rate: 71%
Chew factor: 3
Dollar store rank: 8th

Wow Lincoln, we know what you were doing as a redneck teenager. Looks like while most of your peers in other cities were actually going to class, you spent most of your time out doing more important stuff like shooting at everything that moves and getting stuck in the mud.

Imagine how much higher up this list you would have finished had you gone to school even less! . You’ve got some work to do. Redneck teens of Lincoln: Next time your friends pressure you into going to math class, you tell them you’re going to spend your day dividing how many squirrels you can shoot per box of ammo.

Lincoln is right off of I-95 north of Bangor where the fishin’ is endless.

4. Calais

Calais, ME. Google Maps

Population: 3,132
High school graduation rate: 82%
Chew factor: 2
Walmarts per capita:4th

Wow, Canada must have an interesting perspective of America when you consider how many rednecks live right along the border.

Calais, at the head of tide of the St. Croix River, has just about as many places to get chew and cheap groceries per person than anywhere else.

When the Canadians cross over to experience the ‘American’ Walmart, they are most likely amused when they see the Calais necks in line with cases of Busch Light, duck tape and boxes of shells.

No, we’re not starting a war with you guys. This is deer season. The battle is with Bambi.

5. Hebron

Redneck Olympics, Hebron, ME.

Population: 1,073
Gun stores per capita: 1st in Maine
Chew factor: 2
Dollar stores per capita: 3

Hey now, Hebron. Dern tootin you deserve this ranking! Not only are there a ton of places to buy guns and ammo, you have dollar stores all around you. A smart redneck knows how to price compare groceries and t shirts at their area dollar stores.

Plus, Hebron is home to the annual “Redneck Blank” event – formerly known as the Redneck Olympics – which takes place every summer. Here, rednecks from all over compete in greased watermelon hauling, toilet seat horse shoes and wife carrying.

That’s so redneck.

6. Sanford

Cigarette City, Sanford, ME. Google Maps

Population: 10,084
Trailer parks in the area: 8th in Maine
Walmart rank: 7
High school graduation rate: 77%

Sanford is located about three beers north of Portsmouth. Since it’s the largest city to make this list, the folks here can make a case that they have the most rednecks in Maine.

Perhaps they can gather at one of the nearby trailer parks and start a letter writing campaign. Just not on NASCAR Sunday.

7. Rockland

Family Dollar, Rockland, ME. Google Maps

Population: 7,314
High school graduation rate: 79%
Gun stores per capita: 6th in Maine
Chew factor: 5

Right along the coast is the port city of Rockland, which is very blue collar. Rockland has plenty of places to buy guns and to fish. However, it looks like Rockland isn’t as far ‘inland’ as the other cities listed. Which means they probably have to go off into the hills to shoot at things.

Wait, these are rednecks we’re talking about. They probably just shoot their guns off in the neighborhood. “Dammit…Just missed another bear!”

Rockland is home to an annual lobster festival. You can always spot the redneck lobster cages. They’re the ones held together with duck tape and zip ties.

8. Kittery

Navy Yard, Rockland, ME. Google Maps

Population: 4,643
Dollar stores in the area: 9th
Bars per capita: 3rd
Mobile home parks per capita: 3rd

Kittery is an interesting place. The data says there are lots of rednecks here. There are plenty of trailer parks and bars in the area. Nothing’s more redneck than plowing through a case of Old Milwaukee, then headin’ down to the shore to try and shoot at sea birds.

It’s not posted. And even if it was, when did a ‘No Hunting’ sign ever stop a redneck?

9. Scarborough

Wealthy rednecks shop at the Scarborough, ME Cabela’s. Google Maps

Population: 4,252
Gun stores per capita: 5th in Maine
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 9th

You know who was paying attention in class? The future rednecks of Scarborough. Their high school graduation rate is 94%. That means these are rednecks with paychecks. The good ole’ boys who have the newest trucks, two snowmobiles in the shed, and a boat.

No one said rednecks had to be broke. All of the necks who work downtown Portland probably live here.

Pay attention future rednecks. If you study, you too can take off on weekends to bag a moose at the most luxurious moose camp in the state.

And that just might give baby rednecks in Maine somethin to look forward to.

10. Farmington

Grantlee’s Tavern & Grill, Farmington, ME. Google Maps

Population: 4,250
High school graduation rate: 81%
Gun stores per capita: 8th in Maine
Tobacco stores per capita: 4th
Walmarts per capita: 2

Farmington has one of the highest concentrations of tobacco stores in Maine. Which means you ain’t runnin’ out of chew out there. The high school graduation rate is also one of the lowest in Maine.

Don’t let the fact that it’s a small college town fool you. Most of the necks live off the main drag.

And, they have a Walmart all to their very own. Which means no lines for cheap bait!

When you consider that Farmington sits right on the banks of the Sandy River, you can imagine how many rednecks out here pull their supper right out of the water.

Farmington is way out on Route 2 toward the central part of the state.

You’ve got it made, Farmington rednecks.

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 Maine 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 Maine:

  1. Woolwich (Pop. 3,074)
  2. Bowdoin (Pop. 3,072)
  3. South Eliot (Pop. 3,051)
  4. Standish (Pop. 9,882)
  5. Cumberland (Pop. 7,236)

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

City Population Rank
Skowhegan 6438 1
Houlton 5029 2
Lincoln 3189 3
Calais 3132 4
Hebron 1073 5
Sanford 10084 6
Rockland 7314 7
Kittery 4623 8
Scarborough 4252 9
Farmington 4250 10
Ellsworth 7717 11
Portland 66235 12
South Portland 24997 13
Belfast 6664 14
Camden 3416 15
Millinocket 4530 16
Biddeford 21351 17
Augusta 19088 18
Madawaska 3136 19
York Harbor 3029 20
Gardiner 5816 21
Caribou 8169 22
Bangor 32988 23
Rumford 4365 24
Springvale 3515 25
Harpswell 4788 26
Arundel 4044 27
Bath 8547 27
Naples 3868 29
Cape Neddick 3054 30
Brewer 9452 31
Pittsfield 3261 32
Yarmouth 5644 33
Wells 9662 34
South Berwick 7230 35
Lewiston 36588 36
Topsham 6293 37
Old Orchard Beach 8670 38
Sabattus 4909 39
Winslow 7779 40
Lebanon 6024 41
York 12625 42
Litchfield 3604 43
Boothbay 3116 44
Waterville 15780 45
Brunswick 14544 46
Hampden 4112 47
Old Town 7831 48
Presque Isle 9638 49
Rockport 3344 50
Orono 9169 51
Warren 4718 52
Orrington 3737 53
Westbrook 17501 54
Lisbon Falls 4212 55
Paris 5174 55
Poland 5368 57
Alfred 3020 58
Auburn 23104 59
Raymond 4443 60
Buxton 8052 61
Eliot 6224 62
West Gardiner 3446 63
Monmouth 4093 64
Cape Elizabeth 9055 64
Falmouth 11233 66
Jay 4859 67
Holden 3073 68
Lisbon 9023 69
Sidney 4179 70
New Gloucester 5533 71
Greene 4348 72
Gorham 6983 73
Turner 5712 74
Casco 3742 75
South Sanford 4408 76
Saco 18561 77
Hermon 5432 78
Waterboro 7661 79
Windham 17032 80
Limington 3711 81
Durham 3853 82
Belgrade 3178 83
North Windham 4206 84
North Yarmouth 3560 85
Hollis 4299 86
Vassalboro 4354 86
Lyman 4342 88
China 4330 89
Glenburn 4570 90
Cumberland 7236 91
Standish 9882 92
South Eliot 3501 93
Bowdoin 3072 94
Woolwich 3074 95

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

  1. Good lord. I’m from Pennsylvania and lived and worked in Maine for several years. From my point of view any of these towns are far from redneck. Come and check out some of these Penn towns. Especially right above the west Virginia border. What I saw in Maine as being alittle redneck was Farmington and lamoine. Ellsworth is kind of up there too. Kittery I wouldn’t see as redneck at all whatsoever.

    1. When did Kittery get down to less than 5k in population? I grew up there and it was always slightly below 10k. I’m really doubting your info here.

  2. Clearly, you’ve never been to these towns, or many of the neighboring towns… All you’ve done here is list a few towns from a Google search.
    Before you list Skowhegan as number 1, you should checking out Athens, West Athens, Smithfield, Pittsfield, Rumford, or Mexico…

    Your data is clearly lacking true reference.

  3. Without criticizing your lack of research, I’m only goin to state that you’re off on Skowhegan population by close to 2500!
    That alone should drop Skowhegan in the rankings.
    Many other inaccuracies as well. I agree with Skowhegan Local. This is a bullshit listing that serves no purpose.

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