These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Minnesota


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Minnesota 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 Land Of A Million Lakes.

By the way, we call you guys the ‘nidwest’, you know, as in the ‘northern midwest.’

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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota:

  1. Aitkin
  2. Milaca
  3. Sauk Centre
  4. Zimmerman
  5. Staples
  6. Long Prairie
  7. Moose Lake
  8. Perham
  9. Ely
  10. Foley

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 Minnesota, 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. Aitkin

Riverside Pub and Aitkin Liquor, Aitkin, MN. Google Maps

Population: 2,597
High school graduation rate: 79%
Gun stores per capita: 6th in Minnesota
Mobile home parks: 15th
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 9th

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

Let’s see why. Whelp, in Aitkin, you’ve got everything a redneck could dream of. You’ve got a couple of gun stores. Cause a redneck up here in these parts need to carry a weapon at all times in case he (or she) comes across a varmint.

Trailer parks? Check. Nothing’s more redneck than sittin’ out by the fire with the boys, throwing back a case of Busch Lights.

And the fishing here is off the charts. Sure, there are lakes around every corner in Minnesota. But Aitkin rednecks have lake rights to Mille Lacs Lake, which has more than 40 species of fish, including walleye, bass, muskie and smallmouth bass.

And when you factor in that 1 out of 5 folks up here didn’t bother to finish high school, and it’s 96% white, what you’ve got is a little slice of redneck heaven up here about 6 beers west of Duluth.

2. Milaca

Prince Gun Shop, Milaca, MN. Google Maps

Population: 2,933
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 11th in Minnesota
Chew factor: 5
Gun stores per capita: 7th in MN

Yes, siree, there’s plenty of rednecks in Milaca. In fact, they might be the kissin’ cousins of Aitkin, since they live so close and all. Milaca is along Route 169, perhaps a six pack northwest of St. Cloud.

Of course, there’s great fishing here, but in Milaca, the necks have to be a little more creative if they want to troll close to home. When did a ‘No Fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck?

The number of tobacco stores per capita – what we call the chew factor – is really high here. We gave them a 5.

As a bonus, right down the road is a Walmart. So, whenever there’s a sale on camo, they just hop right in the truck and head on down. “Come on kids! We’re goin’ on a road trip!”

3. Sauk Centre

Fletcher’s Bait Shop, Sauk Centre, MN. Google Maps.

Population: 4,229
Walmart rank: 3rd in the state
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 13th in MN
Dollar store rank: 15th in the state

Right at the base of Sauk Lake is Sauk Centre. Here, you’ve got some real rednecks with paychecks. They aren’t rich, but they ain’t poor either. These are some of the rednecks that aren’t way out in the boonies frying up catfish all morning. They most likely have jobs.

They have their own Walmart here, and since there’s it’s such a small town, they’ve got it made. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

They have a couple of dollar stores in town as well. There’s no excuse for showing up to a Sauk Lake barbecue (or a good ole’ fashioned ice fish) empty handed.

4. Zimmerman

Tales and Trails Sports Shop, Zimmerman, MN. Google Maps

Population: 5,169
Dollar store rank: 2nd in Minnesota
Mobile home parks per capita: 2nd in the state

Could you think of a more redneck combination than a town with dollar stores and mobile home parks all over the place? That’s the case in little ole’ Zimmerman.

Not only that, but there’s some great hunting nearby in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. A redneck out here could pretty much live his entire life eating off the land. They’ve got coons, rabbits, quail, bears, deer – you name it.

If you wanted to drop by Zimmerman and say hello, head on up Route 169 from downtown Minneapolis until you pass the third trailer park on the left. Look for a big pile of beer cans.

Bring some duck tape, would you? They’re out.

5. Staples

Lefty’s Bar, Staples, MN. Google Maps

Population: 3,010
High school graduation rate: 75%
Gun stores per capita: 8th in MN
Dollar stores per capita: 12th

Way out off by themselves is the redneck enclave of Staples, Minnesota. Located not too far west of Aitkin, these folks probably know how to really whoop it up redneck style. They have a low graduation rate, too, so that means they’re pretty blue collar.

But don’t call them out on their education. There are plenty of places in the area to get guns and ammo. Nothing’s more pissed off that a drunk redneck on a Sunday afternoon after Dale Jr. puts his car in the wall.

6. Long Prairie

Mom and dad can both shop here. Google Maps

Population: 3,440
High school graduation rate: 70%
Bars per capita: 14th in the state
Dollar stores per capita: 15th in MN

We know what all of the Long Prairie redneck teens were doing when their Minnesota peers were sitting in math class on Monday morning. They were out doin’ all sorts of redneckery – shooting things, getting stuck in the mud.

Shoot, Long Prairie. Think about it – had more of you ditched class more often, you coulda’ won this whole thing!

We admire you guys. You know what’s more important in life. Some good ole’ fashioned redneck fun.

7. Moose Lake

Gamper’s Food, Liquor and Bowling, Moose Lake, MN. Google Maps

Population: 2,747
High school graduation rate: 75%
Chew factor: 15
Dollar stores per capita: 8th

With a name like Moose Lake, there has to be some real rednecks livin’ here, right? Bingo.

Moose Lake is right on the banks of Moosehead Lake, and next to the Moose Lake State Park, right off of I-35. You can bet that moose tags are filled just about every day in these parts. But you probably have to get lucky to get a moose license, since the moose population is dwindling.

You can understand why. Rednecks are some darn good shots! Moose stand no chance in north central Minnesota. None at all.

Put that in yer’ lip and chew on it..

8. Perham

Gene’s Sports Shop, Perham, MN. Google Maps

Population: 2,988
Chew factor: 6
Walmart rank: 15th
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 12th in Minnesota

Situated at the base of Little Pine and Big Pine Lakes is the small town of redneckery, Perham. Sure, they have a Walmart not too far from here, and plenty of places to get their chew. It’s located in Otter Tail County, home to 1,000 lakes.

That means these rednecks up in these parts have like 10% of all your lakes. They’re hoggin’ all the fish!

What does a redneck do with a catfish? What do you think he goes with it. He sticks his arm down its throat and takes a picture.

When Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods, Tuffy’s Pet Foods and Kenny’s Candy are your city’s largest employers, you might be a redneck.

9. Ely

Zaverl’s Bar, Ely, MN. Google Maps

Population: 3,471
Bars per capita: 2nd in Minnesota
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd

Welcome to Ely, Minnesota. Home to just about more bars and places to get bait than any other place in the state.

Nothing’s more redneck than throwing back 10 Miller Lites with the boys on a Wednesday morning, speculatin’ about when rut’s gonna hit.

Did you know Ely is home to Mostly Moose Redneck Glasses? You can buy them online.

When the mayor of your town gets into a drawn out debate with the residents about whether or not wolves digging in trash cans should be shot or not, you know you live in a redneck town. That happened in Ely a while back.

10. Foley

Downtown Foley, MN. Google Maps

Population: 2,612
Mobile home parks per capita: 12th in MN
High school graduation rate: 78%
% that’s white: 97

Foley is along Route 23, between Milaca and St. Cloud. Since it’s kinda’ isolated, you know that the necks out here get down with it. There’s just not a lot of people around.

On opening day of (fill in the blank) hunting season, you might want to take another route through here. There will be shells a flyin’ as necks will be chasing anything that moves. And that might be you!

God Bless America.

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

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City Population Rank
Aitkin 2597 1
Milaca 2933 2
Sauk_Centre 4299 3
Zimmerman 5168 4
Staples 3010 5
Long_Prairie 3440 6
Moose_Lake 2747 7
Perham 2988 8
Ely 3471 9
Foley 2612 10
Pipestone 4277 11
Two_Harbors 3707 12
Baxter 7596 13
Newport 3459 14
Spring_Lake_Park 6445 15
Osseo 2513 16
Wabasha 2527 17
Pelican_Rapids 2611 18
Little_Falls 8344 19
Zumbrota 3251 20
Annandale 3253 21
Pine_City 3146 22
Nisswa 2350 23
Waite_Park 6702 24
Park_Rapids 3727 25
Mora 3564 26
Melrose 3587 27
Benson 3200 27
Spring_Valley 2516 29
Rockford 4302 30
Wayzata 3728 31
Montevideo 5330 32
Bayport 3514 33
Lindstrom 4401 34
Luverne 4699 35
Detroit_Lakes 8615 36
Glenwood 2555 37
Paynesville 2395 38
Granite_Falls 2761 39
Cannon_Falls 4085 40
Circle_Pines 4924 41
Madelia 2450 42
Blue_Earth 3352 43
Jordan 5560 44
Mountain_Iron 2876 45
Glencoe 5633 46
Caledonia 2860 47
Afton 2894 48
Princeton 4695 49
Windom 4617 50
Proctor 3030 51
New_Prague 7273 52
Virginia 8718 53
Cambridge 8088 54
Sandstone 2820 55
Litchfield 6719 55
Redwood_Falls 5227 57
Pine_Island 3336 58
Cold_Spring 3992 59
Dilworth 3996 60
Rush_City 3064 61
Wells 2428 62
Plainview 3337 63
Victoria 7407 64
Thief_River_Falls 8584 64
Cokato 2719 66
Lake_City 5173 67
Wadena 4183 68
Albertville 6969 69
Oak_Park_Heights 4413 70
North_Oaks 4458 71
International_Falls 6402 72
Olivia 2363 73
Falcon_Heights 5352 74
Belle_Plaine 6625 75
Becker 4519 76
Chisholm 4989 77
Roseau 2638 78
Norwood_Young_America 3550 79
Crookston 7866 80
Le_Sueur 4053 81
Hermantown 9418 82
Dayton 4715 83
Albany 2543 84
Watertown 4200 85
St._Joseph 6503 86
Isanti 5228 86
St._James 4590 88
Morris 5284 89
Jackson 3293 90
Chatfield 2828 91
Breckenridge 3385 92
Sleepy_Eye 3569 93
Columbus 3936 94
Delano 5458 95
Montrose 2828 96
Chisago_City 4922 97
Big_Lake 10029 98
Eveleth 3717 99
Waseca 9341 100
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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Minnesota

  1. What about Nevis? Or Akeley? How bout Dorset? Or Park Rapids? Huntersville? Montrose maybe?….. this is a bit much unaccurate visit every town in minnesota known to man not just a map of minnesota that doesn’t list all the small cities or townships cuz they aren’t densely populated.

  2. I’ll take the red neck area’s of Minnesota any day. Our beautiful Duluth has become a gangland! Gun packing black’s out of Chicago and Minneapolis. You can get beaten up for being in the wrong hood. Police department is doing nothing! Duluth has been taken over and is unrepairable! Let’s be thankful for the few redneck town’s.

  3. This is highly inaccurate and the writer clearly doesn’t realize just how redneck it can get in some minnesota towns. Birchdale? Loman? Big falls? Washkish? Littlefork? Wal-Mart’s, golden corral, and bait shops don’t make redneck. Rednecks find their own bait, digging up worms and they rig up some serious contraptions! Lawmowers connected to 3 wheelers and bicycles! And motorcycles with 185s 3 wheeler motors! These are all first hand experience situations that I witnessed.

  4. My opinion? Who CARES what other people think about where you live? If you are happy there, that is all that is important. Every person is different and what makes you happy is definitely not going to be right for everyone. I am thankful for my individuality. I took a lot of harrasing when I moved to Texas 16 years ago. Everybody called me ‘Yank’ for yankee. I just smiled and corrected their pronunciation of the English language! When I retired and moved back to MN, they called me crazy. I love MN and I am happy here. I don’t want to live any place else!

  5. Valerie Hansen, from Ely, MN, here. I loved your Redneck Snack on Minnesota. You
    absolutely nailed Ely.

    One factor in your calculations however, has changed, which may sadly kick us off
    the list. The in-town trailer park is now a luxury RV resort, arrowheadrvresort.com.
    It is the nidwest MN’s only ALL-SEASON motorcoach-friendly RV Resort.
    It IS wild up here…bears and wolves wander through the park in broad daylight. It
    is also one of the best places in North America to see the Northern Lights. (I bet
    you knew that already)
    Please consider coming up to check us out this winter. You might be surprised at
    how un-redneck we are!
    Best,
    Valerie Hansen
    Arrowhead RV Resort

  6. Wow … I’m in Aitkin and I’m thrilled. We are going to have the first annual Minnesota Red Neck Festival May 20-21-22, 2016. Y’all come!

  7. I bought a house in Zimmerman thank god I do not have to live there worst mistake I ever made the people are fuckin poor pissed off and just need to take a bath.

  8. Really, Ely is the least redneck of all Iron Range cities, due to the summer influx of tree huggers. Eveleth is Red Neck all year long!

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