These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In California


These are the places in California with the most drug-addicted, violent, welfare receiving populations.

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Do you know anyone whom you’d refer to as Trashy? Most likely. Either there’s someone at your job, in your neighborhood, or in your family that you’d throw that label on.

Essentially, Trashy is everywhere.

While calling someone Trashy might be a mean-spirited way of ridiculing or poking fun at a particular demographic, it can also serve as a way to express disdain about the way someone lives their life. It isn’t as derogatory as using other racial slurs, and in fact, the term has a bit of humor associated with it, making it the focus of pop culture.

Take for instance Jerry Springer, Honey Boo Boo, Kid Rock, Eminem, Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite and even Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon movies.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, trashy is defined as:

“A term used broadly to define a person or group of persons whom embody the concepts of ignorance, racism, violence, alcoholism, poverty, and anglo-saxon ancestry. Similarly used with the term ‘cracker,’ ‘hillbilly’ or ‘redneck’.”

So, using some data crunching, we should be able to measure where the most Trashy communities in the state of California are actually located.

After pouring over data, watching too many fist fights and perusing illiterate Facebook comments, we’ve determined these are the most Trashy cities in California:

  1. Mendota (Photos)
  2. Red Bluff (Photos)
  3. Arvin (Photos)
  4. Madera (Photos)
  5. Grass Valley (Photos)
  6. Taft (Photos)
  7. Mcfarland
  8. Corning (Photos)
  9. Anderson
  10. Shafter (Photos)

Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the cities one by one. And before you say we’re some kind of reverse racist, you can also check out the most Ghetto city in California.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in California?

Using publicly available government data, as well as Google Maps, we were able to collect the data on the following trashy metrics:

  • Cities where there are lots of white people
  • Cities where residents are poorer than average
  • Cities where a high number of residents are high school dropouts
  • Cities with a high number of single parents
  • High drug use
  • Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets
  • Violent cities (measured in aggravated assaults)
  • Cities with a high number of residents on welfare

We used the government Census for most of the data. For drug use and violence, we used FBI data, and for Cash Advance Outlets, we used Google Maps.

Simple, right?
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 217 for each of the trashy criteria.

Next, then averaged all the ranks to create a “trashy index”.

In the end, Mendota ended up being the the most trashy city in the Golden State.

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1. Mendota

Mendota, California

Population: 11,402
% White: 84.66%
% Single Moms: 20.22%

2. Red Bluff

Red Bluff, California

Population: 14,065
% White: 84.69%
% Single Moms: 14.39%

3. Arvin

Arvin, California

Population: 20,328
% White: 84.39%
% Single Moms: 16.55%

4. Madera

Madera, California

Population: 63,053
% White: 79.39%
% Single Moms: 18.17%

5. Grass Valley

Grass Valley, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,855
% White: 89.38%
% Single Moms: 9.99%

6. Taft

Taft, California

Population: 9,130
% White: 81.3%
% Single Moms: 20.25%

7. Mcfarland


Population: 13,028
% White: 86.61%
% Single Moms: 15.53%

8. Corning

Corning, California

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,586
% White: 87.44%
% Single Moms: 9.96%

9. Anderson

Anderson, California

Population: 10,122
% White: 88.71%
% Single Moms: 9.01%

10. Shafter

Shafter, California

Source: Public Domain

Population: 17,513
% White: 86.9%
% Single Moms: 12.2%

There You Have It

According to the official dictionary definition of Trashy, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most Trashy cities in a state can’t be too far off.

If you’re analyzing cities in California with lots of angry welfare recipients, single mothers and where people have lots of options for payday cash loans, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least trashy places in California:

  1. Los Altos
  2. Hillsborough
  3. La Habra Heights

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Detailed List Of The Most Trashy Cities In California

Rank City Population % White % Single Mom % Poor
1 Mendota 11,402 84.66% 20.22% 40.71%
2 Red Bluff 14,065 84.69% 14.39% 23.41%
3 Arvin 20,328 84.39% 16.55% 24.51%
4 Madera 63,053 79.39% 18.17% 22.83%
5 Grass Valley 12,855 89.38% 9.99% 29.94%
6 Taft 9,130 81.3% 20.25% 18.14%
7 Mcfarland 13,028 86.61% 15.53% 30.67%
8 Corning 7,586 87.44% 9.96% 28.17%
9 Anderson 10,122 88.71% 9.01% 23.46%
10 Shafter 17,513 86.9% 12.2% 18.6%
11 Dos Palos 5,068 72.2% 20.03% 32.88%
12 Huntington Park 59,003 68.88% 17.29% 24.31%
13 Ukiah 15,936 81.37% 11.4% 25.51%
14 Marysville 12,161 75.73% 13.59% 24.39%
15 Firebaugh 8,084 82.95% 22.87% 27.7%
16 Tulare 61,204 80.95% 12.04% 19.54%
17 Hemet 82,118 71.85% 11.54% 25.86%
18 Los Banos 36,847 76.12% 15.39% 21.16%
19 Barstow 23,281 64.49% 15.26% 28.52%
20 Selma 24,017 66.69% 12.08% 21.14%
21 Desert Hot Springs 27,912 62.85% 12.63% 32.52%
22 Big Bear Lake 5,145 88.07% 6.87% 19.57%
23 Bell 35,998 74.23% 16.03% 24.04%
24 Yreka 7,635 76.69% 9.64% 35.21%
25 Redding 91,063 84.26% 9.17% 20.89%
26 Modesto 207,482 72.78% 10.56% 18.87%
27 Porterville 55,218 78.93% 13.76% 29.44%
28 Gustine 5,656 86.86% 10.44% 16.64%
29 Commerce 13,017 73.41% 9.32% 14.05%
30 Farmersville 10,704 84.73% 17.89% 27.23%
31 Visalia 127,842 79.74% 12.04% 19.82%
32 Gonzales 8,378 87.72% 12.84% 19.02%
33 Yucca Valley 21,258 79.46% 9.57% 20.86%
34 Greenfield 16,869 76.86% 14.8% 18.02%
35 Adelanto 32,059 60.58% 23.23% 35.18%
36 Fort Bragg 7,261 83.39% 8.23% 20.44%
37 Salinas 155,366 70.82% 14.68% 16.35%
38 Oakdale 21,543 88.27% 11.6% 19.17%
39 Watsonville 52,543 67.08% 13.31% 17.02%
40 Delano 52,807 68.86% 13.77% 25.25%
41 Victorville 120,703 61.97% 16.99% 23.31%
42 King City 13,389 82.03% 12.4% 17.73%
43 Oxnard 203,495 74.77% 13.13% 13.55%
44 Maywood 27,739 82.31% 19.35% 24.14%
45 South El Monte 20,483 69.59% 10.74% 16.29%
46 Bakersfield 363,612 68.52% 12.4% 17.64%
47 Kerman 14,285 72.04% 14.66% 21.47%
48 Tehachapi 13,536 82.24% 10.11% 20.12%
49 Parlier 14,870 61.65% 21.58% 35.95%
50 Blythe 19,839 60.79% 11.6% 21.9%
51 Hesperia 92,309 76.42% 13.07% 24.01%
52 California City 13,201 63.77% 9.36% 20.79%
53 Santa Maria 102,618 70.76% 11.2% 17.9%
54 Willows 6,111 78.27% 5.28% 20.27%
55 Cudahy 24,138 73.69% 21.69% 25.66%
56 Palm Springs 46,305 80.74% 4.25% 20.11%
57 Sanger 24,700 66.29% 11.4% 19.27%
58 Apple Valley 71,083 80.48% 10.3% 19.14%
59 Colton 53,566 60.82% 18.01% 18.77%
60 El Cajon 102,383 74.88% 11.48% 22.38%
61 Escondido 149,079 79.19% 9.55% 17.65%
62 Chowchilla 18,384 65.98% 15.32% 31.92%
63 Lancaster 159,774 63.27% 13.82% 21.71%
64 San Luis Obispo 46,337 84.84% 3.76% 40.86%
65 Riverside 316,335 66.39% 10.45% 17.58%
66 Gilroy 51,649 71.71% 11.21% 12.84%
67 Ceres 46,952 66.29% 13.37% 16.48%
68 Fillmore 15,296 78.39% 11.21% 18.59%
69 San Jacinto 45,977 61.09% 11.6% 18.82%
70 Citrus Heights 85,408 81.62% 8.41% 15.18%
71 Banning 30,515 72.14% 8.37% 21.44%
72 Vista 97,564 80.08% 8.16% 17.77%
73 Woodland 56,997 70.49% 9.73% 12.17%
74 Cathedral City 53,020 74.04% 9.76% 20.88%
75 Rialto 102,018 61.68% 13.78% 17.72%
76 Orange Cove 9,565 61.71% 22.51% 43.13%
77 Newman 10,667 84.13% 14.72% 16.79%
78 Hollister 36,529 82.49% 12.33% 9.26%
79 Rohnert Park 41,651 74.58% 8.39% 17.85%
80 West Sacramento 50,747 65.09% 9.73% 16.06%
81 Dixon 18,908 72.5% 13.37% 11.08%
82 Escalon 7,320 91.34% 9.96% 14.67%
83 Yuba City 66,038 65.94% 10.15% 16.63%
84 Kingsburg 11,681 78.09% 8.38% 15.78%
85 Morro Bay 10,471 91.94% 3.53% 15.21%
86 Calimesa 8,269 89.21% 2.99% 16.57%
87 Redlands 70,186 73.56% 7.87% 13.54%
88 Guadalupe 7,218 73.7% 20.41% 15.67%
89 Port Hueneme 22,058 71.45% 11.44% 14.26%
90 Rancho Cordova 68,326 62.85% 11.31% 16.26%
91 Galt 24,607 70.48% 10.31% 15.28%
92 Imperial Beach 27,051 71.86% 11.57% 17.89%
93 Manteca 72,251 68.16% 9.29% 11.4%
94 Capitola 10,077 83.87% 4.87% 10.03%
95 Palm Desert 50,565 82.35% 5.13% 11.83%
96 Yucaipa 52,739 82.06% 7.54% 14.65%
97 San Rafael 58,819 68.25% 7.27% 13.32%
98 Rancho Mirage 17,770 91.8% 2.17% 16.25%
99 West Hollywood 35,332 79.5% 1.45% 12.58%
100 Concord 126,268 69.2% 6.45% 12.42%

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