These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Montana


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Montana 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 Big Sky Country.

In fact, there’s a debate online: Is everyone in Montana a damn redneck? You guys have more guns than kids.

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 Montana 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 Montana:

  1. Eureka
  2. West Yellowstone
  3. Whitehall
  4. Black Eagle
  5. Hamilton
  6. Superior
  7. Red Lodge
  8. Thompson Falls
  9. Hungry Horse
  10. Roundup

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 Montana, 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. Eureka

Montana Market, Eureka, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,123
High school graduation rate: 71%
Chew factor: 1st in Montana
Trailer parks per capita: 5th

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

Let’s see why. Whelp, first off, there ain’t many cities with more high school dropouts than in Eureka. No siree, fishing and gettin’ stuck in the mud was much more fun on a Tuesday morning for Eureka redneck teens.

The number of tobacco stores per capita – what we call the ‘chew factor’ – is the highest in Montana here. That means lotsa’ spittin’ on some sidewalks, folks. Actually, Eureka is right on the Tobacco River. Maybe they spit in the river instead?

When you consider there are a few trailer parks here and that it’s 95% white, what you’ve got is a little slice of redneck heaven way up on Route 93 near the Canadian state line.

2. West Yellowstone

Bullwinkle’s, West Yellowstone, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,413
Gun stores per capita: 1st in Montana
Trailer parks per capita: 1st
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 1st

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

Of course, it’s a major tourist gateway, but that doesn’t mean that the high number of places to get fishing gear and guns is only due to that factor.

What you do have in West Yellowstone is a small town with a buncha’ RV parks and bars. There’s nothing more redneck than throwing back a case of Busch Lights with the boys and speculating about when rut’s gonna hit.

Then, you just head back to the camper/trailer/RV/tent and firing off a few rounds into the bug zapper with Zeke and them.

3. Whitehall

Whitetail Creek Motel and RV Park, Whitehall, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,097
High school graduation rate: 82%
Chew factor: 2
Trailer parks per capita: 3rd

Whitehall is just about 2 Coors Lights east of Butte. In fact, there’s probably lots of Fords and Chevys driving back and forth every morning between the two towns because Butte has a Walmart.

Do the Butte folks roll their eyes at the Whitehall necks when they come in and stock up on bait every afternoon right around supper time? That wouldn’t be very kindly of them, would it?

Whitehall’s tobacco factor and number of trailer parks per capita is what really put it up high on this list.

4. Black Eagle

Little Chicago Club, Black Eagle, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,063
High school graduation rate: 72%
Trailer parks per capita: 2nd
Bars per capita: 3rd

Black Eagle is a tiny redneck spleck just north of Great Falls. You know the fishing is awesome here, since they’re right on the banks of the Missouri River.

And, whenever they need cheap groceries, they can just hop on the mower and head on into town, since Great Falls also has two dollar stores and a Walmart. So there’s no excuse for showing up to a Black Eagle pig roast empty handed.

Trailer parks, beer and fishin’. What else does a redneck need? Nothing. Nothing at all.

5. Hamilton

Hamilton Gun Club, Hamilton, MT. Google Maps

Population: 4,393
Bars per capita: 7th in MT
Chew factor: 8

If you wanted to drop by on the Hamilton necks, you’d head on up Route 93 south from Missoula. It’s about a sixer away from Missoula. You can’t miss ‘em. Look for the big pile of beer cans and underwear frozen to the clothes line.

Hamilton has it made for necks. They have plenty of bars, a dollar store and a trailer park. And being so far isolated means they can do pretty much whatever they hell they want to out there. Heck, a baby redneck could probably be born in Hamilton, spend his whole life there and never have to leave.

Some probably don’t.

6. Superior

Durango’s Restaurant, Superior, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,108
Trailer parks per capita: 4th
High school graduation rate: 72%

Hot damn, rednecks got it made way up here in Superior! It’s basically redneck paradise along I-90, about 8 Bud Lights west of Missoula.

With the Clark Fork River right on their doorsteps, a neck could fly fish from his back porch. Some probably do. And, the deer, ram, bear, squirrels, coons, possums and all sorts of other critters and varmints most likely look right into your front window.

Anything with 4 legs stands no chance up in this neck of the woods. Rednecks are damn good shots, and highly motivated individuals.

7. Red Lodge

Snag Bar, Red Lodge, MT. Google Maps

Population: 2,353
Bars per capita: 4th in MT
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd in MT
Chew factor: 3

What we got here in Red Lodge are some rednecks with paychecks. These are the folks who live in the suburbs of Billings, and who likely have 9-5 places of work. That doesn’t mean they don’t getaway to do their redneck stuff. They just have to wait until the man lets ‘em off the hook first.

A lot of Montanans are weekend warriors, for sure. It’s just that these dudes down in Red Lodge are just a little more necky than most.

8. Thompson Falls

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Little Bear Restaurant, Thompson Falls, MT. Google Maps.

Population: 1,174
High school graduation rate: 78%
Trailer parks and mobile homes: 4th per capita
Bars per capita: 10th in Montana

Obviously, we’re having fun at the expense of some rednecks. But we know they’re hard working and respectful. You might not have a more hospitable place in Montana than in Thompson Falls. In fact, their city’s motto is, “Home of Western Hospitality.”

It’s also home to lotsa necks. Why else would they have trailer parks, bars and dollar stores way out here. They don’t build them places where there ain’t customers, right?

If you wanna drop in and say hello, you’d have to gas up the truck and head up Route 200 on your way into Idaho. Listen for the shotgun blasts.

And bring some duck tape. They’re out.

9. Hungry Horse

Crooked Tree Motel and RV Park, Hungry Horse, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,189
High school graduation rate: 67%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 5th in Montana

Wow, Hungry Horse folks. Just imagine if even less than 1 in 3 of you had skipped high school. You guys might have won this whole damn thing!

We’re a little envious of you. You had your priorities straight as a kid. Riding horses, playing shoes, blowing stuff up. Instead of sitting in math class like your peers in other Montana towns, you were having some good ole’ fashioned redneck fun.

God Bless America.

10. Roundup

Guns & Goodies, Roundup, MT. Google Maps

Population: 1,825
High school graduation rate: 73%
Chew factor: 3
Gun stores per capita: 6th in MT

Sure, they might not have the best education in the area, but the necks down in Roundup sure do know how to use a gun. And in Montana, that’s a lot more important than knowing all that literature and history stuff.

Let’s face it. If you were in trouble, or causing trouble in Roundup, you’d have some rednecks right there to deal with the situation. You’d better best hope that when you come through these parts, you act respectful or you’re gonna have some britches full of lead.

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

We also wrote a story called ‘37 Pictures of Montana That Will Make You Wish You Lived There’ that you might enjoy. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Eureka 1123 1
West_Yellowstone 1413 2
Whitehall 1097 3
Black_Eagle 1063 4
Hamilton 4393 5
Superior 1108 6
Red_Lodge 2353 7
Thompson_Falls 1174 8
Hungry_Horse 1198 9
Roundup 1825 10
Manhattan 1394 11
Big_Sky 2266 12
Livingston 7071 13
Boulder 1298 14
Libby 2667 15
Polson 4524 16
Seeley_Lake 1430 17
Stevensville 2280 18
Plentywood 1626 19
Glasgow 3268 20
Deer_Lodge 3124 21
Glendive 4990 22
Three_Forks 1636 23
Lewistown 5897 24
Ronan 2143 25
Whitefish 6402 26
Bigfork 4356 27
White_Sulphur_Springs 1017 27
Columbus 1982 29
Shelby 2864 30
Poplar 1091 31
Malta 1911 32
Laurel 6763 33
Sidney 5360 34
Columbia_Falls 4690 35
Wolf_Point 2629 36
Browning 1172 37
Lakeside 2285 38
Conrad 2572 39
Somers 1116 40
Townsend 2041 41
Crow_Agency 1467 42
Big_Timber 1572 43
Absarokee 1093 44
Chinook 1286 45
Hardin 3510 46
Belgrade 7439 47
Cut_Bank 2896 48
Miles_City 8428 49
Forsyth 1825 50
Baker 1832 51
South_Browning 1930 52
Pablo 1989 53
Dillon 4149 54
Fort_Benton 1478 55
North_Browning 2454 55
Fort_Belknap_Agency 1409 57
Lame_Deer 2050 58
Walkerville 1005 59
Frenchtown 1566 60
Lockwood 6606 61
Choteau 1808 62
East_Missoula 2311 63
Anaconda-Deer_Lodge_County 9277 64
Lolo 3374 64
Clancy 1553 66
Evergreen 6696 67
Scobey 1079 68
Bonner-West_Riverside 1725 69
Havre 9425 70
West_Glendive 1997 71
Sun_Prairie 1664 72
Helena_Valley_Northwest 3522 73
Montana_City 2845 74
Helena_West_Side 1308 75
Churchill 1032 76
East_Helena 2031 77
Four_Corners 2998 78
Helena_Valley_West_Central 8293 79
Colstrip 2395 80
Helena_Flats 1072 81
Helena_Valley_Southeast 7860 82
Orchard_Homes 5491 83
Helena_Valley_Northeast 2562 84
Malmstrom_Afb 3983 85
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11 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Montana

  1. As a teacher in Roundup High School since 1969, I know we have had a higher graduation rate than 73%. Education is important to us. I can give you a list of engineers, nurses, doctors (In fact, we had one who presented a paper to the AMA before he finished his residency), business degrees and other majors. Since 2000, we have had at least one or more of our graduates achieve doctorates yearly. So I must repeat: education is important to us here in Roundup.

  2. Born and raised in Eureka Montucky here. To be fair the reason we scored low on the trailer park thing is because we don’t have zoning laws in Eureka. You can literally put a trailer in anywhere you’d like. Really, the whole damn town is a trailer park.

  3. Hmm, I wonder if it’s people like me that drive the HS grad rate down. Spent 4 yrs of my teens in Eureka and attended LCHS, but sophomore yr my father was transferred to WI with Forest Service. Although I completed HS n more, I suspect LCHS only sees me as start and did not finish. Love my heritage of life in Eureka!

  4. disappointed Alberton didn’t make the list with 3 bars 3 trailer parks a casino, a rifle range, a junk yard and only about 500 residents. Should at least get honorable mention. proud native of Alberton.

  5. This is not journalism it it blatant slander using skewed research to suggest falsities.
    The figures presented were chosen to suggest a predetermined stereotype by the (dare I say) author.
    The sales of alcohol and tobacco in Eureka Mt are driven and bolstered by Canadian visitors who purchase the products at a discount here and return home with them. The census would and does s show that the average home is not a trailer house and also suggests that the average citizen does not fit the demographic portrait painted here. In fact this compilation has nothing worthwhile to show about the ten unfortunate communities that http://www.roadsnacks.net chose to victimize.
    Shame on them not our hometowns.

  6. I live in Thompson Falls and we have NO WalMart! The closest WalMart is 99.7 miles from me! You are so wrong on so many of these towns that it is unreal. You should do some studying before you write articles like this! I am not meaning the red neck part but the other parts. Of the 85 cities you have listed, there are only 4 that I haven’t been in and I have lived or been in many of the others more times than I can count. Please quit printing untruths about our state!!!

  7. I live in Thompson Falls.the pic shows a Walmart. There is no Walmart here nor a dollar store. I’ve never heard gun shots except during hunting season. We have no trailer parks either plus we have bigger high school graduates then you mention.

  8. No Walmart in Thompson Falls, never had one, probably never will, where’d the facts that are true come from? Made me laugh.

  9. Ok not ashamed superior made it onthe list but i do believe alberton or st. Regis should of made it before superor…….. Or even paradise! Lol

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