These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In New York


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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a New York redneck? Sure, every state has them. While they might be defined with a different criteria in other states, there’s plenty of them Upstate.

In fact, you know the saying. The more north you go, the more south it gets.

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 New York 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 New York:

  1. Hudson (Photos)
  2. Monticello (Photos)
  3. Medina (Photos)
  4. Albion
  5. Bath (Photos)
  6. Hornell (Photos)
  7. Johnstown (Photos)
  8. Penn Yan (Photos)
  9. Norwich (Photos)
  10. Camden

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What redneck criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most redneck cities in New York, 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. Hudson

Hudson, NY. Google Maps

Population: 6,731
High school graduation rate: 67%
Walmart rank: 1st in NY
Tobacco stores per capita: 2nd in NY
Bars per capita: 9th

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

Let’s see why. First of all, with a high school graduation rate that low, we know who was out shooting deer on Monday mornings instead of sitting in math class. That’s okay; we’d rather have been doing that, too.

But geez, 1 out of 3 of you? The deer have no chance in Columbia County.

You all have a Walmart to your very own up there. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

Plus, the Hudson area has the 2nd most tobacco stores per capita in the state. You ain’t runnin’ out of chew, we’ll tell you that for a fact.

2. Monticello

At the Monticello Casino and Raceway. From their Facebook page

Population: 6,699
High school graduation rate: 75%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 10h in the state
Walmart rank: 11th

Yes, siree, there’s plenty of rednecks in the hills around Monticello, that’s fer damn sure. In fact, every single city on this list is Upstate. You can put that in yer lip and chew it!

Monticello is way, way out in the hills along Route 17, halfway between Binghampton and downtown NYC. But you know Monticello rednecks never take their Chevys and Fords into downtown from here. That scene would be straight out of a movie.

Monticello has its own racetrack (very redneck), along with one of the highest concentrations of fishing/bait shops in the state. Plus , they have their own Walmart. They don’t just build those in the middle of the mountains fer’ nothin, you know.

3. Medina

O’Brien’s Tavern, Medina, NY. Google Maps.

Population: 6,069
High school graduation rate: 77%
Gun stores per capita: 1st in NY
Fishing/bait per capita: 19th in the state

Way up here on the western side near Niagara Falls is the small little redneck enclave of Medina. Here, there are more gun stores per capita in the area than anywhere else in the state. You can imagine that the rednecks up here sure put the ammo to good use, too.

There’s also a Cabela’s and a Gander Mountain close by. Those are for the rednecks with paychecks who live in the Medina area. You can bet when they have some extra spendin’ money, they pile into their trucks up here when there’s a sale on camo.

4. Albion

Dollar Store, Albion, NY. Google Maps

Population: 5,621
High school graduation rate: 78%
Chew factor: 15
Walmart rank: 2nd in NY

Right next door to Media is Albion, NY. There might be a little redneck rivalry goin’ on up here in these parts. Let’s see: Albion has the Walmart, so Medina necks have to come their way.

But Media has all the trailer parks, so Albion rednecks have to come there for the parties.

How’s about ya’ll just meet in the middle. There’s a great fishin hole offa Presbyterian Road that you can throw your poles into. We’re not sure if it’s public, but when did a ‘No Fishing’ sign ever stop a redneck anyways?

5. Bath

Louie’s Gun Shop, Bath, NY. Google Maps

Population: 5,474
High school graduation rate: 78%
Gun stores per capita: 12th in NY
Dollar stores per capita: 15th most

If you’ve ever taken I-86 across the state, you might have pulled over for gas in Bath. If you did, you’d most likely see lots of rednecks.

They don’t just build three dollar stores in a town of 5,000 people fer nothin. It’s called supply and demand. And a thrifty redneck knows that when one dollar store is outta Christmas lights, you just take the truck over to the other one.

Now if they only sold duck calls at Dollar General…

6. Hornell

Southside Bar, Hornell, NY. Google Maps

Population: 8,576
Dollar store rank: 3rd in NY
Bars per capita: 2nd in NY

Looks like Hornell rednecks ain’t messin around with their drinking. There are just about more bars per capita in Hornell than anywhere else in the state. Everyone knows a redneck loves to throw back a dozen Busch Lights and then fire up the truck and get stuck in the mud. You can do that all day long in Hornell.

Plus they got 4 dollar stores here. Why would you ever need to leave?

Hornell ain’t too far from Bath. Maybe a few beers away if you take them back roads.

7. Johnstown

Partner’s Pub, Johnstown, NY. Google Maps

Population: 8,668
High school graduation rate: 79%
Mobile home parks per capita: 5th
Fishing shops per capita: 17th in NY

Way, way out along Route 219 is the town of Johnstown, New York. And boy do they have it made up there. Not only are there trailer parks in every direction, but they have ample fishing, hunting and mudding opportunities.

Being so far out in the middle of nowhere means rednecks here can pretty much do whatever they want. Not like they really care what anyone thinks or anything. A redneck does what they want when they want, how they want.

That’s part of the reason we love them so much.

8. Penn Yan

Beverage Baron, Penn Yan, NY. Google Maps

Population: 5,295
Bars per capita: 17th in NY
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 19th

Penn Yan is an unincorporated village smack dab in the middle of them Finger Lakes. It’s 98% white and very blue collar. Penn Yan stands for “Pennsylvania Yankee” and if that don’t sound redneck, we don’t know what does.

Of course, being so close to the lakes means lots and lots of redneck fishing. What does a redneck do when he catches a catfish? What do you think he does? He puts his hand down its throat and takes a picture, dammit!

9. Norwich

Mayhood’s Sporting Goods, Norwich, NY. Google Maps

Population: 7,193
High school graduation rate: 78%
Walmart rank: 13th
Chew factor: 7

All roads lead to Norwich. At least all of the back roads to major cities in the state.

Way out in the rolling hillsides of Chenango County, you’ll find a small town where the residents like to drive their needlessly large trucks, blare country music, and shoot stuff. This is Norwich, New York, and according to the data, there’s rednecks in these thar hills.

If you happen to pass through, expect to see horns on hoods of trucks and a coupla fellas with camo on at church.

10. Camden

Grape N Grog, Camden, NY. Google Maps

Population: 4,934
Dollar store rank: 20th in NY
Bars per capita: 19th

Way out north of Syracuse, and along the confluence of major rivers and creeks is the small rednecky town of Camden. Here, you’ve got a couple of dollar stores, a few bars, some great fishing nearby, and lots of good ole’ boys.

Fact is, some of the rednecks in this area love America more than you and I.

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 New York 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 10 worst places to live in New York if you haven’t seen it yet. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Hudson 6731 1
Monticello 6699 2
Medina 6069 3
Albion 5621 4
Bath 5764 5
Hornell 8576 6
Johnstown 8668 7
Penn Yan 5295 8
Norwich 7193 9
Solvay 6570 10
Ballston Spa 5426 11
Goshen 5462 12
Carle Place 5610 13
New Paltz 6900 14
Nyack 7079 15
Monroe 8407 16
Salamanca 5789 17
Farmingdale 8191 18
Wappingers Falls 5352 19
Horseheads 6490 20
Malone 5919 21
Saranac Lake 5856 22
Hartsdale 5360 23
Brockport 8333 24
Port Jefferson 7777 25
Manhasset 8481 26
Ticonderoga 5045 27
Oyster Bay 6443 27
Mahopac 8076 29
Cobleskill 5065 30
Rensselaer 9378 31
New Hyde Park 9698 32
East Rochester 6594 33
Mechanicville 5212 34
Geneseo 7998 35
Calverton 7304 36
Baldwinsville 7371 37
New Windsor 8883 38
Fairport 5365 39
Yaphank 5869 40
Colonie 7831 41
North Syracuse 6658 42
Port Jefferson Station 8640 43
Canton 6457 44
Lawrence 6476 45
Bronxville 6345 46
Herkimer 7691 47
Hudson Falls 7252 48
Irvington 6445 49
Williamsville 5298 50
Highland 5305 51
Warwick 6768 52
Albertson 5613 53
Sea Cliff 5007 54
Williston Park 7264 55
Waterloo 5137 55
Pelham 6894 57
Port Jervis 8816 58
Roslyn Heights 6518 59
Centerport 5544 60
East Aurora 6247 61
Hamburg 9461 62
Blauvelt 5526 63
Washingtonville 5901 64
Tuckahoe 6485 64
Old Bethpage 5491 66
Walden 6938 67
Larchmont 5881 68
Cedarhurst 6561 69
Briarcliff Manor 8295 70
Webster 5438 71
Southold 5965 72
Bayville 6690 73
Potsdam 9525 74
Chittenango 5067 75
Pleasantville 7027 76
Sleepy Hollow 9840 77
Ilion 8070 78
Rosendale 6091 79
Wading River 7891 80
Verona 6286 81
Hewlett 6308 82
Malverne 8522 83
Amityville 9522 84
Newark 9118 85
East Moriches 5023 86
Niskayuna 5090 86
Inwood 9498 88
Congers 8343 89
Mattydale 6625 90
Bayport 8721 91
Rye Brook 9325 92
Center Moriches 8111 93
Hilton 5901 94
Oakdale 7217 95
Garden City Park 7839 96
Tappan 6562 97
Islip Terrace 5243 98
Seneca Falls 6467 99
Pelham Manor 5485 100

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16 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In New York

  1. Five of the ten annointeds are located in downstate New York. These five offenders are Bath, Hornell, Hudson, Monticello, and Norwich.

    Clearly, your scientific analyses do not extend to the field of geography, Sir! “Upstate” refers to the areas above, or north of, a geographical middle reference point; and, “downstate” refers to the detestable areas south of that geographical middle.

    On behalf of my fellow upstate New York rednecks, I respectfully request that you correct this unfortunate (and insulting) error.

    1. Actually Rachel, we New Yorkers call eastern and western NY upstate and downstate. Downstate largely refers to the NYC area though, which is further south than the Southern Tier. However, you are fully justified in being indignant at this article and its ignorant author(s).

    2. Bath, Hornell and Norwich are NOT in downstate New York. Bath and Hornell are in western New York in the fingerlakes region and Norwich is in Central New York in the Chenango Valley. And having lived in 2 of those three areas I can assure you they are full of rednecks who are proud to call themselves rednecks.

      1. I live in empeyville which is a town of 64 ppl in the woods 7 miles outside of camden ny and i am 100 percent redneck and proud to be. Yet i do not drink nor does my fiance of 17 years . We do not do any drugs or smoke anything. We work hard to raise our daughter’s to be responsible and respectful young ladies. I do not take offense to this article because it proves that most ppl have no clue what a redneck truely is. Thank you for your time. Oh and the difference between a redneck and a hillbilly is the hillbilly humps the livestock. Lol

  2. How in the hell did you miss Naples? They have a winery IN TOWN. They have a fishing lure manufacturer IN TOWN. They have more places to sit in bars than they have people to sit. You had to drive through this place to get between Bath and Hornell or Penn Yan. WOW. Yes I have lived there. Widmer Winery, Middletown Tavern, Naples Hotel, Etc.

  3. I think Hudson ended up on the wrong list. It should be on the 10 Snobbiest list. Greenport, Hudson’s neighbor to the immediate north, easily could be on this list of ‘most redneck’. I am not typically a big defender of Hudson, however the restaurants, stores, and arts culture do not match with being on a top 10 redneck list.

    Unless you are simply trolling to get a rise out of the Hudson residents. In that case, bravo!

  4. I am so glad the final few comments started to see the humor in the article rather than get offended. Not to mention being a redneck is not a bad thing. If you are one, be one proudly. If not, don’t get offended, just move on. I live in Bath, grew up in Spencer. Both are a bit redneck but the people are wonderful.

  5. Clearly you have never been in the North Country region of NYS. I could probably come up with a dozen towns that are more redneck than this whole list

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