These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In Maryland

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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out.

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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 Maryland 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 Maryland:

  1. Elkton (Photos)
  2. Edgewood
  3. Hagerstown (Photos)
  4. Cumberland (Photos)
  5. Salisbury (Photos)
  6. Ocean City (Photos)
  7. Westminster (Photos)
  8. Dundalk (Photos)
  9. Brunswick (Photos)
  10. Fruitland (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 Maryland.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in Maryland?

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 Dollar 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.

Simple, right?
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Elkton ended up being the the most trashy city in the Old Line State.


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1. Elkton

Elkton, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,904
Estimated Trashy: 4,204
Welfare population: 17%

Toss back a Budweiser, and suck down another Marlboro Red, Elkton, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in Maryland. This city in Cecil 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 payday loans per capita.

2. Edgewood

Edgewood, Maryland

Source: Public Domain

Population: 23,196
Estimated Trashy: 6,451
Dollar Stores: 5

Trashy is a lifestyle in Edgewood, Maryland. This city in Harford County was in the top 5 for poor, uneducated white residents, and ranks high for Dollar Stores. With the large number of Dollar Stores, I guess you can say you are creating jobs Edgewood; and for that, you should be proud.

3. Hagerstown

Hagerstown, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 39,203
Estimated Trashy: 9,283
High school dropouts: 17%

Hagerstown is located northwest of Frederick off the 70. This is one of the ‘most white’ cities on this list, and judging by the numbers, this place is pretty damn trashy. Hagerstown ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including number of aggravated assaults and for a large percentage of high school dropouts.

4. Cumberland

Cumberland, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,301
Estimated Trashy: 5,999
Assaults ranking: 5th in MD

Chances are, if you and your kid(s) moved in with someone after just two dates, than you might be from Cumberland, Maryland. This city in Allegany County ranks fifth in the state for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights), and is 8th in the state for number of dollar stores per capita.

5. Salisbury

Salisbury, Maryland

Population: 30,517
Estimated Trashy: 8,225
High School dropouts: 18%

Salisbury is located in the southeast area of Maryland just off Route 50. If you’re from Wicomico 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 Ocean City with your sister’s best friend, you might be from Salisbury.

6. Ocean City

Easton, Maryland

Population: 7,200
Estimated Trashy: 4,439
Thefts per capita: 3rd

Ocean City is located along the coast. Though it’s considered a ‘resort town’, the number of drug-related crimes and aggravated assaults, combined with the high number of poor dropouts, makes this trashy central for Worcester County.

7. Westminster

Westminster, Maryland

Population: 19,200
Estimated Trashy: 5,439
Payday Loan Outlets: 7

Statistically, Westminster ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of payday loan outlets per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents.

Westminster residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to either the big city of Hampstead or New Windsor to become assistant managers at a Walmart. Just make sure you have a valid license and a working automobile before exiting– cuz ain’t nobody got time for that!

8. Dundalk

Dundalk, Maryland

Population: 63,200
Estimated Trashy: 15,439
Dollar Stores: 8

Sadly, a large percentage of the Dundalk population’s income is based on welfare, workers comp, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Dundalk ranks very high for number of check cashing outlets and dollar stores Many people in Dundalk look as if Tonya Harding and Eminem got together and had a baby.

9. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,800
Estimated Trashy: 1,439
High School dropouts: 15%

Brunswick, Maryland is a tiny border town located on the Potomac River. Despite ranking really high in just about every ‘trashy’ category we measured, Brunswick ranks very low for number of check cashing/payday loan outlets, meaning they have to drive all the way to Frederick to cash their paychecks every week. Yuck.

10. Fruitland

Fruitland, Maryland

Population: 5,800
Estimated Trashy: 999
Dollar Stores: 2

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in Maryland brings us to Fruitland. Located in the middle of nowhere Maryland, this is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re all that now that you have two Dollar Stores where you can show off your pajamas.

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 Maryland 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 Maryland:

  1. Bowie
  2. Bel Air
  3. Hampstead

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