These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In Massachusetts

These are the places in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts:

  1. Lowell (Photos)
  2. New Bedford (Photos)
  3. Fall River (Photos)
  4. Gardner (Photos)
  5. Fitchburg (Photos)
  6. Worcester (Photos)
  7. Pittsfield (Photos)
  8. Chicopee (Photos)
  9. Southbridge
  10. Revere (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 Massachusetts.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in Massachusetts?

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.

Simple, right?
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 30 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Lowell ended up being the the most trashy city in the Bay State.


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1. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Population: 109,904
Estimated Trashy: 27,204
Welfare population: 17%

Toss back a Budweiser, suck down another Camel, Lowell, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in Massachusetts.

The 978 ranks in the top 10% for several categories, including the number of residents on welfare, the most amount of high school dropouts, as well as a high methadone clinics per capita.

The meth problem is so bad here that they have created a ‘Meth Watch’. The people on meth watch the people on meth because they have nothing better to do with their day.

Don’t laugh, North Adams. You weren’t too far out of the top 10 yourself.

2. New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Population: 95,196
Estimated Trashy: 24,674
Assaults: 3rd

According to online forums, New Bedford is filled with disgruntled meth head Patriot fans. Hey don’t shoot the messenger!

This city ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including a number of aggravated assaults, and for poor, white single mothers on welfare.

Here they have their own set of trashy problems. According to online forums, they truly do whatever they want in this town. If you live here, there’s a good chance you know someone makin’ meth or smokin it. Meth-related arrests are on the rise here. Huffin’ ain’t easy people.

3. Fall River

Fall River, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 122,196
Estimated Trashy: 19,674
Dollar Stores: 10

According to online forums, Fall River has a major drug problem. Even the river rats are doing heroin, here. Trashy river rats? That should be a reality show for sure!

You know you’re from Bristol County if you’re hangin’ at one of your 15 bowling alleys and you send your best friend to get cigs and he calls 30 minutes later to tell you he got pulled over.

4. Gardner

Gardner, Massachusetts

Population: 20, 229
Estimated Trashy: 5,283
Thefts per capita: 5th

Chances are, if you and your kid(s) moved in with someone after just two dates, than you might be from Gardner.

This city ranks fifth in the state for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights). And in pure trashy form, when it comes to fightin’ over that week’s favorite meth slut, you better believe it will be handled bare knuckle to bare knuckle in your trailer’s front yard.

5. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,301
Estimated Trashy: 10,999
Welfare population: 18%

Fitchburg is way up by New Hampshire.

F-town ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including number of aggravated assaults and for poor, white single mothers on welfare.

When it comes to defining proper trashy etiquette in this town, always remember the cardinal rule: You need to be careful what you say in the 351 because someone might come over and pop the wheels on your house. Or was it, you mess with me, you mess with the whole trailer park? So confusing. That’s what happens when you try livin’ the F-town Way: 24 beer cans, 24 hours in a day. Genius.

And if you’re a Worcester County dead-beat dad named Rick who snorts Tylenol (because he can’t afford adderall), and you moved to Brockton with your sister’s best friend, you might be from Fitchburg.

6. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Population: 183,301
Estimated Trashy: 39,999
Payday Loan Outlets: 9

Halfway between Springfield and Boston is Worcester. Here there a large number of people who live on disability, or work at one of the Dollar Stores in the area. Just because you shop at the local dollar stores does not make you ‘country chic,’ Worcester, it makes you trashy.

And 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 3rd for aggravated assaults.

That’s right, in this part of Massachusetts, they fight over the lawn mower; they fight over what beer is better (Busch or Natural Light); they fight over who has more teeth; and of course, they fight over where the best meth is made. They just have a real chip on their shoulders.

Simmer down. #NoShoesNoShirtNoTeethNoProblem

7. Pittsfield

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Population: 43,900
Estimated Trashy: 8,439
High school dropouts: 15%

This place is definitely one of the “whitest cities” on our list. The number of drug-related crimes and aggravated assaults, combined with the high number of poor dropouts, makes this trashy central for Berkshire County.

Is that Ricky Bobby’s kid? Fair question, P-town. But, don’t get your boxers in a bunch, we know the three things you don’t mess with in trashy land: racin’, drinkin’, and makin’ meth. And if you live in 01201, there’s a good chance you ain’t racin’, you’re makin’ meth.

Hey Berkshire County, stay classy and keep it trashyy. Otherwise we won’t have anything to write about.

8. Chicopee

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Population: 56,210
Estimated Trashy: 12,439
Welfare population: 15%

Chicopee is just north of Springfield. This ranking doesn’t reflect the high number of mullets (is it a mullet, a perm, or merm, Ishpeming?), shag haircuts, bangs teased out like it’s 1990, and the number of people who wear pajamas to the local Dollar Store.

Here, if these folks don’t have ‘Mountain Dew’ Mouth (AKA meth mouth) they’re not doing it right. The townies have more tattoos than teeth. If they weren’t spending so much on meth, the dentists in this place would be making a fortune.

And word on the street, they are down with O.P.P. – other people’s pills. They are 15th in the state for drug use.


9. Southbridge

Southbridge, Massachusetts

Source: Public Domain

Population: 17,196
Estimated Trashy: 3,674
High school dropouts: 17%

Nothin’ says trashy like a good ‘ol ass whoopin at a Walmart. You just might see that in Southbridge on the first of the month.

In fact, Southbridge was home to the infamous trashy Walmart fight between the woman in the jammies and the other woman in the jammies. Maybe they should fight at their local dollar store so they won’t feel like they have to dress up.

In Southbridge, when they say they have their G.E.D. it means they “got every drug”. They have more pill mills than pastie shops. Who needs to eat when you’re poppin’ pills. Smoke the weed, townies. Get the munchies.

10. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Population: 53,632
Estimated Trashy: 9,439
Assaults: 8th

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in Massachusetts brings us to Revere. This is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re ‘all that’ with 29 Dollar Stores, 4 Bowling Alleys, and a three Walmarts nearby where you can wear your pajamas, swimsuits, and wife beaters to.

Obviously, Revere is home to the high class trashy. It‘s a lifestyle, here. It’s not everyday you become the home of the ‘Meth-Sandwich’ and the ‘Black Tar Heroin.’ So fancy.

With all the meth smoke, cig smoke, heroin fumes, and pill mill pollution, Suffolk County might single-handedly be responsible for global warming.

Is that heroin, meth, or snow? Fair question.


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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts:

  1. Newton
  2. Melrose
  3. Waltham

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