These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Nebraska

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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Nebraska 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 Cornhusker Land.

In fact, there’s a debate online: Is everyone in Nebraska a damn redneck?

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska:

  1. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  2. Bridgeport
  3. Papillion (Photos)
  4. Ralston (Photos)
  5. Beatrice (Photos)
  6. West Point
  7. Ogallala
  8. Nebraska City (Photos)
  9. Schuyler (Photos)
  10. Chadron (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 Nebraska, 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. Scottsbluff

Western Trail Sports Post, Scottsbluff, NE. Google Maps

Population: 14,971
High school graduation rate: 74%
Walmart rank: 7th in Nebraska
Trailer parks per capita: 8th

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

Let’s see why. Whelp, first off, you guys have lots of trailer parks and mobile home parks here. There’s nothin’ more redneck than a night out with the boys, whoopin’ it up around the park, shooting guns into the bug zapper until the sun comes up.

Nearby is the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, where a redneck in these parts could get many a shot off on just about anything that moves. You can even shoot Buffalo around here.

Every redneck town has to have a Walmart. You can bet the Walmart in Scottsbluff is packed with necks just about every morning, loading up on ammo and snacks.

When you consider that about 1 in 4 people here never graduated high school, what you’ve got is a little slice of redneck heaven way up on the panhandle.

2. Bridgeport

Wildman’s Bar and Grill, Bridgeport, NE. Google Maps

Population: 1,818
Bars per capita: 12th in NE
High school graduation rate: 78%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 2nd

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

You can bet most of this teeny necky town is out fishin’ all the time. They’re right on the banks of the North Platte River, and there are several other small ponds and lakes to throw a line into. What does a redneck do with a catfish?

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

For a tiny town, having a few bars is plenty. Rednecks here probably sit around all day talking about when rut’s gonna hit. Then they fire up their needlessly large trucks and head out of town to shoot beer cans.

3. Papillion

Gunsmithing Specialties, Papillion, NE. Google Maps

Population: 19,618
Chew factor: 11
Trailer parks per capita: 16th in Nebraska

Papillion is simply crawling with rednecks. And since it’s the largest city to make this list, they can make a claim that they’ve got more rednecks here than anywhere else in the state of Nebraska.

These are the rednecks with paychecks. The folks who have regular jobs, and have to wait until after work or for the weekends before they can shoot something or throw back a case of Busch Lights and go off and get stuck in the mud somewhere.

But you can bet yer’ chickens they get after it big time in Papillion.

4. Ralston

Valley Bar, Ralston, NE. From their Facebook page

Population: 6,330
Chew factor: 6th in Nebraska
Trailer parks per capita: 5th
Dollar stores: 4th

Ralston sure does have them some necks. They don’t build dollar stores there there aren’t customers. In the Ralston area, there are about 6 dollar stores to choose from. Therefore, there’s no excuse for showing up to a good ole’ fashioned pig roast empty handed.

Plus, a thrifty redneck knows that when one dollar store is out of rat traps and Christmas lights, you just head on down to the other one.

The number of tobacco stores in the area – what we call the ‘chew factor’ – is sky high here. Ralston’s is a 6.

5. Beatrice

Mobile Home Park, Beatrice, NE. Google Maps

Population: 12,386
Trailer parks per capita: 15th in NE
Chew factor: 7

Beatrice is a fairly large town full of rednecks that just about 3 beers south of Lincoln. They’re pretty self sustained in this part of the state. They’ve got themselves a Walmart, some dollar stores, and plenty of places to drink and get their chew.

And a bonus: Since they’re not too far from Lincoln, they can fire up the truck and head into town whenever The Moose’s Tooth has a sale on camo.

“Grab the kids and the dogs, honey! We’re goin’ on a road trip!”

6. West Point

Mayberry’s Pub, West Point, NE. Google Maps

Population: 3,356
Trailer parks per capita: 14th
High school graduation rate: 82%
Fishing/bait per capita: 6th in Nebraska

Hot damn, rednecks got it made way out here in West Point!! It’s basically redneck paradise along Route 275, about 8 Bud Lights north of Omaha.

With the Elkhorn River right on their doorsteps, a neck could cast in a line from his back porch. Some probably do. And, the 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.

If you wanna see ‘em, head on up 275 until you reach Route 32. Look for a big pile of beer cans.

And bring duck tape. They’re out.

7. Ogallala

Ogallala, NE. Google Maps

Population: 4,685
Walmart rank: 3rd
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 7th in NE
Chew factor: 8

You ain’t runnin’ out of chew or bait up here in Ogallala, which is right on Route 80 a coupla’ beers west of North Platte. And, they have a Walmart all to their own here. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

Nearby is McConaughy Lake, where a neck could spend an entire weekend pulling out walleye, wiper, perch, white bass and trout till the sun goes down. Just remember to bring plenty of salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.

Plus, it’s 95% white here.

8. Nebraska City


AppleJack Festival, Nebraska City, ME. Flickr user Mawhamba.

Population: 7,287
High school graduation rate: 83%
Trailer parks and mobile homes: 9th in NE
Chew factor: 10

If you’ve ever attended Nebraska City’s annual AppleJack Festival, you might have thought you took a turn and wound up in redneck heaven. This thing is just a magnet for every single redneck on the eastern side of the state.

This is a weekend of needlessly large and loud pickups, babies in camo diapers and lots of bare feet.

And on a regular weekend, when the rednecks go back to their redneck ways off in the boonies, this place is still really necky. There are simply too many rednecky things to do here.

9. Schuyler

Tiny’s Bar, Schuyler, NE. Google Maps

Population: 6,141
High school graduation rate: 48%
Gun stores per capita: 11th in NE

Wow, Schuyler folks. Only half of you thought it was important to go to school as a redneck teen. Just imagine if even more of you had ditched class. You guys might have won this whole 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 Nebraska towns, you were having some good ole’ fashioned redneck fun.

God Bless America.

10. Chadron

Wild’s Bar and Grill, Chadron, NE. Google Maps

Population: 5,846
Walmart rank: 5th in NE
Chew factor: 11
Gun stores per capita: 6th in NE

Sure, they might not have the best education in the area, but the necks down in Chadron sure do know how to use a gun. And in Nebraska, 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 Chadron, 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 Nebraska 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 on the worst places to live in Nebraska if you didn’t happen to see it. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Scottsbluff 14971 1
Bridgeport 1818 2
Papillion 19618 3
Ralston 6330 4
Beatrice 12386 5
West Point 3356 6
Ogallala 4685 7
Nebraska City 7287 8
Schuyler 6141 9
Chadron 5846 10
York 7807 11
Yutan 1220 12
Mitchell 1855 13
Ashland 2268 14
Kimball 2459 15
Tekamah 1620 16
Creighton 1228 17
Bayard 1045 18
Wilber 1912 19
Scribner 1042 20
Franklin 1066 21
Ord 2400 22
Bennington 1394 23
Dakota City 2021 24
Hartington 1634 25
Louisville 1233 26
Sutton 1703 27
Eagle 1067 27
Fairbury 3949 29
Neligh 1568 30
North Bend 1361 31
Imperial 2105 32
Wakefield 1590 33
Ravenna 1335 34
Valley 1884 35
Sidney 6768 36
Lexington 10191 37
Burwell 1364 38
Plainview 1063 39
Broken Bow 3525 40
Tecumseh 1765 41
South Sioux City 13257 42
Wisner 1240 43
Gordon 1543 44
Winnebago 1061 45
Springfield 1390 46
Fullerton 1446 47
Superior 1838 48
Valentine 2747 49
Benkelman 1018 50
Bloomfield 1023 51
Wood River 1204 52
Gothenburg 3567 53
Cozad 3975 54
Battle Creek 1027 55
Oakland 1346 55
Albion 1763 57
Syracuse 1951 58
Wahoo 4467 59
Gibbon 1743 60
Arapahoe 1023 61
Genoa 1042 62
O’Neill 3684 63
Gretna 4807 64
Weeping Water 1149 64
Crete 6989 66
Shelton 1040 67
Red Cloud 1087 68
Madison 2743 69
David City 2876 70
Cambridge 1083 71
Alliance 8516 72
Ponca 1125 73
Hebron 1564 74
Plattsmouth 6518 75
Friend 1137 76
Aurora 4435 77
Atkinson 1126 78
Central City 2911 79
Pierce 1869 80
Stromsburg 1259 81
Geneva 2293 82
Waverly 3336 83
Pender 1231 84
Terrytown 1013 85
Auburn 3455 86
Ceresco 1043 86
Gering 8431 88
Grant 1189 89
Falls City 4313 90
Minden 2691 91
Wayne 5630 92
Seward 6937 93
Holdrege 5492 94
Blair 7979 95
La Vista 16185 96
Milford 2335 97
Sutherland 1470 98
Arlington 1351 99
St. Paul 2181 100
Mccook 7681 101
Stanton 1763 102
Alma 1119 103
Hickman 1689 104
Laurel 1190 105
Chalco 10916 106
Woodland Park 1622 107
Offutt Afb 4983 108