Is there anything really wrong with being called a redneck? Most rednecks would say, “I don’t care what you call me, as long as you call me for supper.”
Rednecks are a part of our culture. They are hailed as being great in our song lyrics. They’re prominently featured in reality television. There are even video games about rednecks.
So, you’d think people who are rednecks would be proud to be called a redneck. Most of them who vote one way, stick to their own, and would rather rely on each other.
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 live in mobile home parks and they like to shop at Walmart.
Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where rednecks might live in America, and then put out a list.
Because, the data never lies, does it? So hold our beers and watch while we run some rankings!
After analyzing all 50 states we’ve finally determined these are The Most Redneck States in the US of A:
It looks like it’s just about a southern sweep, doesn’t it?
How we determined the most redneck states in America
We looked at the following criteria for each state:
- High school dropout rate
- % of homes in a state that are mobile homes
- Walmarts per capita
High school graduation rate: 8th lowest
Mobile home park %: 3rd highest
Walmart rank: 3rd
Is it really a surprise that somewhere in the deep south has the most rednecks in the nation? If a southern state didn’t rank at the top of the list, the entire thing would be called into question, right?
It was Mississippi, and then everyone else was far behind. The dropout rate here is 25% – which is the 8th highest in the country. But did you know that 15% of all homes in Mississippi are mobile homes? That’s what the U.S. Census says. That’s a lot of mobile homes.
There are 64 Walmarts in Mississippi, which is the 3rd highest per capita in the U.S.
Add it all up, and what you’ve got is a lot of rednecks.
2. New Mexico
High school graduation rate: 2nd lowest
Mobile home park %: 2nd highest
Walmart rank: 15th
The Land of Enchantment certainly is enchanting (or at least favorable) when it comes to the redneck lifestyle. The dropout rate is the 2nd highest in the nation here, as more than 3 in 10 kids never finished high school last year.
And a shopping 16% of homes in New Mexico are mobile homes. That’s just about as high as you’ll see in the country.
New Mexico residents only have 31 Walmarts to choose from. But there are only 2 million people here. So there are still pretty short lines for bait, duck tape and chew.
High school graduation rate: 6th lowest
Mobile home park %: 8th highest
Walmart rank: 11th
Louisiana also ranked really high in every category we looked at.
More that 17% of the teens decided that getting stuck in the mud and blowing stuff up was more important than going to class on Monday morning.
1 in 8 homes here is a mobile home, and there are 81 Walmarts to choose from.
Plus, you know who is from Louisiana? The redneck millionaire Duck Dynasty family.
High school graduation rate: 19th lowest
Mobile home park %: 4th highest
Walmart rank: 8th
Alabama certainly is sweet for rednecks, that’s for sure. At least for the rednecks that live in mobile homes and shop at Walmart. (Which is many, many of them.)
Plus, there’s a NASCAR track and a half dozen other racetracks of some variety in the Dixie State.
Just about 1 in 7 homes in Alabama is of the mobile home variety. There’s nothing more redneck than plowing through a case of Busch Light, firing rounds into the bug zapper from the mobile home park porch.
There’s almost 100 Walmarts here when Alabamans need to reload on cheap ammo.
High school graduation rate: 13th lowest
Mobile home park %: 6th highest
Walmart rank: 12th
What’s the difference between a redneck and a cowboy? Perhaps Wyoming is the melting pot of both – where each can roam as one and even perhaps interbreed.
Of course, farming and ranching are a big part of the Wyoming culture, as are rodeos. Rednecks are more blue-collar industrial type workers (retail, manufacturing, construction).
When they come together as they have in Wyoming, it can be an interesting hybrid. Perhaps the two are kissin’ cousins.
6. South Carolina
High school graduation rate: 16th lowest
Mobile home park %: Highest in the U.S.
Walmart rank: 19th
There’s one big reason South Carolina is on this list. It starts with M and ends in OBILE. A staggering 18% of the homes in South Carolina are considered mobile homes and trailers.
If you want to see them, just head outside of a major city and look for a big pile of beer cans.
And bring duck tape. They’re out.
7. West Virginia
High school graduation rate: 22nd lowest
Mobile home park %: 6th most
Walmart rank: 10th
If you asked someone which state was the most redneck, West Virginia would most likely be in everyone’s top three. The Mountain State has always had a reputation for being rednecky and simple. If you visit, it would be hard to dismiss this stereotype.
What might be surprising is how high West Virginia scored on the graduation rate factor. Perhaps it’s a sign that the state is getting serious about education. And who knows – maybe one day West Virginia’s reputation will shift from what is is today to a more progressive place.
But for now, it’s still neck central.
High school graduation rate: 4th lowest
Mobile home park %: 15th highest
Walmart rank: 22nd
You’ve possibly heard the saying: There’s Atlanta, and then there’s the rest of Georgia. While Atlanta might be the biggest hub for great jobs, wealth and culture in the entire south, the rest of Georgia is a completely different place.
There are 128 Walmarts here (at last count), which is the 5th most in the country. However, Georgia has so many people, the number of cheap deals per person is skewed.
It doesn’t get any more redneck than in rural Georgia. Plain and simple.
High school graduation rate: 18th highest
Mobile home park %: 10th most
Walmart rank: 1st
Whoo whee, Arkansas! Look at the big brains on you. You’ve certainly turned things around, education wise. Had you not been studying so much in the last ten years, you might have won this whole thing.
You won’t find any more Walmarts packed into one place than in Arkansas. And, considering that Walmart was founded in – and still headquartered in Bentonville, AR – it makes sense that Arkansas is towards the top of this list.
More than 12% of the homes in Arkansas are mobile homes. But it seems like every tornado season, that number drops lower and lower.
High school graduation rate: 19th highest
Mobile home park %: 19th most
Walmart rank: 2nd
So here’s the thing about Oklahoma: Like Wyoming, farming and agriculture make up a significant part of the experience. The graduation rate is actually pretty good.
OKC has tons of rednecks. And outside of Oklahoma City, it’s still a very blue collar, middle America experience where folks drive needlessly large trucks and blare their country music.
Are there lots of rednecks here? You can bet yer’ chickens there are.
Is that a bad thing? No, siree.
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 states in the nation can’t be too far off.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least redneck states in America:
- New Jersey
And in case you missed it, we ranked the 10 worst cities to live in America. Click here to read that one.
Mobile users, here’s a link to the data where you can see the entire redneck list from 1-50.
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