These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Wisconsin

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

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a Wisconsin 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 Big Cheese.

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 Wisconsin redneck family tree most likely live. You know, the guys with big guns and little camo shorts.

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 Wisconsin:

  1. Mauston
  2. Berlin (Photos)
  3. New London (Photos)
  4. Antigo (Photos)
  5. Clintonville
  6. Medford
  7. Kimberly (Photos)
  8. Merrill (Photos)
  9. Rothschild (Photos)
  10. Ripon (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 Wisconsin, 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.


1. Mauston

R & R Shooters Supplies, Mauston, WI. Google Maps

Population: 4,420
High school graduation rate: 79%
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 1st in Wisconsin
Tobacco stores per capita: 2nd in WI
Dollar stores per capita: 10th

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

Let’s see why. Well, when you look at the number of places to fish in this area, you can understand why it’s redneck heaven. Mauston surrounds Decorah Lake, which has some great bass, walleye and bluegill.

The number of tobacco stores per person is the 2nd highest in the state, and the per capita dollar store ratio is also very high. There’s no runnin’ out of chew and cheap groceries here. No siree!

Mauston is right off of 90/94, about 3 or 6 Miller Lights east of La Crosse. You can see why so many rednecks live here.

2. Berlin

Wolf’s Den, Berlin, WI. Google Maps

Population: 5,489
Mobile home parks per capita: 3rd
Walmart rank: 8th

Yes, siree, there’s plenty of rednecks in the boonies of Berlin, that’s fer damn sure. It’s just a short pickup drive outside of Oshkosh.

Berlin necks have just about the highest number of mobile home/trailer parks per capita than anywhere else in the state. Nothing’s more redneck than throwing back a case of Old Milwaukee with the boys down at the pool.

It’s also centrally located between some great fishing and hunting. A neck out here could probably catch his supper every night and not have to even head on down to Walmart.

3. New London

C & R Waterfront Bar, New London, WI. Google Maps.

Population: 7,127
Dollar stores per capita: 12th in Wisconsin
Chew factor: 12
Fishing/bait per capita: 19th in the state

Well look at you New London. Ain’t you a purty thing. You know it’s redneck here when the state dog was first bred here. It’s the American Water Spaniel in case you were wondering.

New London has a far higher than average number of dollar stores in the area, and the number of tobacco stores in the area – what we refer to as the chew factor – is high. New London’s is a 12.

If you wanted to head on out and get stuck in the mud with some New London necks, you’d head on out Routes 45 or 54. Look for the big pile of beer cans.

4. Antigo

Nick’s Tap, Antigo, WI. Google Maps

Population: 8,189
Trailer/mobile home parks: 10th per capita
High school graduation rate: 81%
Walmart rank: 8th in WI

Not too far north of Wausau in northern Wisconsin is the redneck enclave of Antigo. You can probably hear the country music blarin’ and the shotgun shells a flyin for miles and miles.

Here, you’ve got way more trailer parks per capita than most other places. And of course, they have a Walmart. No redneck town is complete without one. In fact, there’s no one around for miles. For a redneck, that’s like short lines at Disneyland.

5. Clintonville

Mills Fleet Farm, Clintonville, WI. Google Maps

Population: 4,566
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 7th in WI
Bars per capita: 2nd in WI

Now we know you Wisconsin folks like to drink. In fact, we did the homework on the most drunk cities in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. But yee-haw you necks out in Clintonville got yourselves lots of waterin holes.

There are at least 11 on the map in and near town. You can simply imagine how many liquored up rednecks out here are peeling around the parking lots with their needlessly large trucks, on their way out to some backwoods place to do all sorts of rednecky stuff.

Actually, that kinda sounds like fun. Shotgun!

6. Medford

Main Street Guns and Knives, Medford, WI. From their Facebook page

Population: 4,326
Gun stores per capita: 5th in the state
Walmart rank: 18th in Wisconsin

Medford is way out on Route 64 west of Wausau. What’s the deal with this part of the state, anyways? Is it all necks around here?

Watch yourself in Medford. They have just about more gun stores in the area per capita than anywhere else in the state. You can imagine how pissed a drunk redneck is after Dale Jr. puts himself into the wall on a Sunday.

7. Kimberly

Peerenboom’s Bar, Kimberly, WI. Google Maps

Population: 6,505
Fishing/bait shops: 11th in WI per capita
Chew factor: 15
Dollar stores per capita: 18th

Just outside of Appleton is the small town of Kimberly, Wisconsin. You might call these folks rednecks with paychecks, because they are far better off financially than their redneck peers in other areas of the state.

Here, you’ve most likely got the newest Fords and Chevys, where dads take their families out for weekend trips. Pay attention, young rednecks across the state. If you study hard, you, too can have the finest camo money can buy.

8. Merrill

Wisconsin River, Merrill, WI. Google Maps

Population: 9,638
Gun stores per capita: 11th in WI
High school graduation rate: 79%

Merrill, a hoot and holler outside of Wausau, is very white and very blue collar. Here, you have lots of shotguns per capita. However, since Merrill isn’t located close to any real good huntin’, that means necks here have to gas up the truck and drive a ways to get to the nearest best place to get some good shots off.

It might be worth it; the Nicolet National Forest has been called a hunter’s paradise. Rednecks in these parts can wear out their weapons on all the ruffed grouse, black bear and white-tailed deer in the area.

Plus, the Wisconsin River flows right through town. You can bet there’s lots of poles in the water before and after work here. Probably during work, too.

9. Rothschild

The Gander Mountain in Rothschild, WI. Google Maps

Population: 5,254
Fishing per capita: 5th in WI
Dollar stores per capita: 4th
Gun stores: 8th in the state

They don’t build dollar stores and Gander Mountains where there aren’t customers. And, wow rednecks of Rothschild, you sure do like to get your shoppin’ on. We counted 7 dollar stores within a short drive of you all.

A motivated redneck knows that when one dollar store is out of Christmas lights, you just hop on over to the other one. And a thrifty redneck knows which dollar stores have the cheapest duck tape, motor oil and rat traps.

10. Ripon

Holiday Food and Sport, Ripon, WI. Google Maps

Population: 7,700
Dollar store rank: 6th in WI
Chew factor: 11

Three beers west of Fond du Lac is the small town of Ripon, which has just about as many dollar stores as they have in the Rothschild. They also have a chew factor of 11.

Step one of being a redneck town: There’s an archery range inside of your gas station. They have that here.

It’s also pretty red up here. Ripon is the home to the first meeting of what would become the Republican Party. So thanks for that, rednecks of Ripon. If that ain’t redneck, what is?

And God Bless the USA.

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

Now that you’re done reading this, check out this video about Wisconsin, which will be the oddest (but most hilarious) thing you’ll see all day. Guaranteed.

City Population Rank
Mauston 4420 1
Berlin 5489 2
New London 7127 3
Antigo 8189 4
Clintonville 4566 5
Medford 4326 6
Kimberly 6505 7
Merrill 9638 8
Rothschild 5254 9
Ripon 7700 10
Lake Geneva 7666 11
Minocqua 4466 12
West Milwaukee 4194 13
Delavan 8495 14
Rhinelander 7776 15
Tomah 9136 16
Prescott 4219 17
Prairie Du Chien 5914 18
Dodgeville 4674 19
Ashland 8213 20
Wind Lake 5395 21
Waupaca 6041 22
Richland Center 5173 23
Kiel 4010 24
Monona 7624 25
Shawano 9256 26
Union Grove 4882 27
Milton 5538 27
Evansville 4991 29
Viroqua 4363 30
Edgerton 5417 31
Twin Lakes 5978 32
Mosinee 4000 33
Oconto 4528 34
New Richmond 8376 35
Columbus 4979 36
Elm Grove 5958 37
Slinger 5050 38
Rice Lake 8412 39
Sturgeon Bay 9157 40
Mukwonago 7280 41
Prairie Du Sac 4017 42
Jefferson 7953 43
St. Francis 9365 44
Lake Mills 5695 45
Sturtevant 6880 46
Elkhorn 9983 47
Saukville 4446 48
Hales Corners 7696 49
Pewaukee 8168 50
Sheboygan Falls 7755 51
Delafield 7060 52
Sparta 9538 53
West Salem 4820 54
Mayville 5128 55
Hartland 9092 55
North Fond Du Lac 4965 57
Jackson 6675 58
Altoona 6780 59
Reedsburg 9228 60
Cottage Grove 6174 61
East Troy 4276 62
Holmen 8982 63
Mount Horeb 7070 64
Oregon 9269 64
Plymouth 8413 66
Bristol 4905 67
Fox Point 6703 68
Taycheedah 4206 69
Little Suamico 4762 70
Lake Hallie 6401 71
Waterford 5301 72
French Island 4337 73
Rib Mountain 5537 74
Okauchee Lake 4692 75
Kronenwetter 7163 76
Bayside 4424 77
Mcfarland 7827 78
Tichigan 5253 79
Hobart 6307 80
Deforest 8955 81
Vernon 7610 82
Lake Wisconsin 4387 83
Somers 9563 84
Dover (Racine County) 4006 85
Lawrence (Brown County) 4263 86
Menominee 4274 86
Campbell 4337 88
Summit (Waukesha County) 4681 89
Shelby 4725 90
Troy (St. Croix County) 4725 91
Trenton (Washington County) 4733 92
Bristol (Kenosha County) 4905 93
Geneva 4989 94
Dunn (Dane County) 5002 95
Saratoga 5130 96
Hull (Portage County) 5352 97
Lafayette (Chippewa County) 5767 98
Freedom (Outagamie County) 5853 99
Ledgeview 6578 100