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 (Photos)
  2. Milaca (Photos)
  3. Sauk Centre (Photos)
  4. Zimmerman
  5. Staples (Photos)
  6. Long Prairie (Photos)
  7. Moose Lake (Photos)
  8. Perham (Photos)
  9. Ely (Photos)
  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.


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