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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut:
- Torrington (Photos)
- New Britain (Photos)
- Waterbury (Photos)
- Danbury (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- Meriden (Photos)
- Derby (Photos)
- Norwich (Photos)
- Ansonia (Photos)
- Groton (Photos)
Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the cities one by one.
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How we determined the most trashy cities in Connecticut?
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
- High drug use
- Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets and bargain stores
- 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.
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 20 for each of the trashy criteria.
Next, then averaged all the ranks to create a “trashy index”.
In the end, Torrington ended up being the the most trashy city in the Constitution State.
Estimated Trashy: 7,204
Welfare population: 17%
Toss back a Natty Light, and suck down another Camel, Torrington, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in Connecticut. This city in Litchfield County ranks in the top 10% for several categories, including number of residents on welfare, most amount of high school dropouts, as well as a high number of aggravated assaults.
2. New Britain
Estimated Trashy: 24,674
According to online forums, New Britain is known as Connecticut’s trailer park. If you’re from this city in Hartford County, there is a good chance you know someone who did not graduate from high school. And, if you’re a dead-beat dad named Rick who snorts Tylenol (because he can’t afford adderall), and you moved to West Hartford with your sister’s best friend, you might be from Hard Hittin’ New Britain.
Estimated Trashy: 28,674
Dollar Stores: 13
Located southwest of Hartford, along the Naugatuck River, is Waterbury, Connecticut. Here a large number of people live on disability or work at one of the multiple bargain stores in town. Just because you shop at the local dollar stores does not make you ‘East Coast Chic,’ New Haven County, it makes you trashy.
Population: 80, 229
Estimated Trashy: 15,283
Thefts per capita: 5th
Danbury, Connecticut is situated up in ‘the holler’ in Fairfield County. The ‘Hat City’ is one of the ‘most white’ cities on this list; and judging by the numbers, this place is pretty damn trashy.
This city ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including number of aggravated assaults and for a large percentage of high school dropouts.
5. New London
Estimated Trashy: 7,999
Welfare population: 18%
Located at the mouth of the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut, is New London. Though only two-thirds of the population is white, the number of drug-related crimes and aggravated assaults, combined with the high number of welfare recipients and high school dropouts, makes this trashy central for New London County.
Estimated Trashy: 15,999
Payday Loan Outlets: 5
Chances are, if you and your kid(s) have moved in with someone after just two dates, than you might be from Meriden, Connecticut. A lot of your trash must be getting into fist fights at your local dollar store when it’s 50% off day, because you are fifth for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights), and 8th in the state for number of payday loan outlets per capita.
Estimated Trashy: 3,439
High school dropouts: 15%
Statistically, Derby ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of aggravated assaults per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents. New Haven County residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to the big city of Shelton to become assistant managers at the Walmart. Just make sure you have a valid license and a working automobile before exiting– cuz ain’t nobody got time for that!
Estimated Trashy: 12,439
Welfare population: 15%
Well break out the Busch Light and rustle up some spray cheese, Norwich, because your population is as close to 100% white as you can possibly get in Connecticut. This city in New London County was in the top 5 for poor, uneducated white residents, and ranks high for payday loan outlets per capita.
With the large number of loan outlets, ‘Rose of New England,’ you don’t have to travel far to cash your welfare check.
Estimated Trashy: 3,674
High school dropouts: 17%
Sadly, a large percentage of Ansonia’s population’s income is based on welfare, workers comp, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This city in New Haven County ranks very high for number of check cashing outlets and bargain stores per capita.
In many cases, the culture here is as if Tonya Harding and Eminem got together and had a baby.
Estimated Trashy: 9,439
Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in Connecticut brings us to Groton. Located where the Thames River meets the Atlantic, this is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re all that in New London County with your bargain stores and a Walmart to show off your pajamas and wife beaters.
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 Connecticut with lots of angry welfare recipients, single mothers and where people have lots of options for payday cash loans, this is an accurate list.
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