These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In Missouri


These are the places in Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri:

  1. Nevada (Photos)
  2. Warrenton (Photos)
  3. Kennett (Photos)
  4. Sedalia (Photos)
  5. Lebanon (Photos)
  6. Clinton (Photos)
  7. Caruthersville (Photos)
  8. West Plains (Photos)
  9. De Soto
  10. Aurora (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 Missouri.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in Missouri?

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 111 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Nevada ended up being the the most trashy city in the Show Me State.

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1. Nevada


Population: 8,454

% White: 94.24%
% Single Moms: 16.4%

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

Many of the folks in Nevada smell of cheap cigarettes, and if you grew up in Nevada, there’s a decent chance you made a cameo in the movie: Poor Trashy.

Nevada 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 number of payday loans per capita.

2. Warrenton

Population: 8,025

% White: 95.7%
% Single Moms: 16.59%

Warrenton comes in at a cool second. This number doesn’t reflect the high number of mullets (is it a mullet, a perm, or merm Warrenton?), shag haircuts, bangs teased out like it’s 1990, and the number of people who wear pajamas to Walmart.

Warrenton’s population is as close to 100% white as you can possibly get. If you live here, and you are white, you’re most likely making wind chimes out of beer cans.

Warrenton was in the top 5 for poor, uneducated white residents, and ranks high for check cashing outlets. At least the large number of cash advance companies is creating jobs in Warrenton.

3. Kennett

Population: 10,678
% White: 84.02%
% Single Moms: 11.26%

Kennett is located smack at the 84 and 412 intersections in the middle of nowhere Missouri. 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 Kennett 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 Kennett way: 24 beer cans, 24 hours in a day. Genius.

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

4. Sedalia

Sedalia, Missouri

Population: 21,457

% White: 87.94%
% Single Moms: 11.83%

Chances are, if you and your kids have moved in with someone after just two dates, than you might be from Sedalia.

The city ranks high 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 style in your trailer’s front yard.

This small city is a long drive from route 70 in the middle of nowhere (like most places on the list). And, according to online forums, Sedalia has a major drug problem.

5. Lebanon


Population: 14,637
% White: 94.16%
% Single Moms: 10.81%

Splitting the distance between Springfield and Rolla is Lebanon.

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

If you live here, there’s a good chance you’re makin’ meth. Meth-related arrests are on the rise in this ‘little piece of heaven’. Huffin’ ain’t easy people. You’re a true gem, Lebanon.

6. Clinton

Johnston City, Illinois

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,012
% White: 95.27%
% Single Moms: 10.7%

Welcome to Clinton, MO, where the official vehicle is a rusted out 1987 Chevy Blazer. At least they have a community college here (SFCC-Clinton), where folks can take a few classes before dropping out to take care of their kid(s).

Statistically, Clinton ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of dollar stores per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents. Clinton residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to the big city of Kansas City to become assistant managers at a Walmart.

This city ranks highly for single white moms and for the number of thefts per capita. Nothing says trashy more than someone taking a lawnmower to buy some meth–unless you get a DUI while driving that mower.

#YouAlmostFeltTheWindInYourMullet.

7. Caruthersville

Caruthersville, Missouri

Population: 6,026
% White: 62.48%
% Single Moms: 15.88%

Caruthersville, where a large number of people live on disability, or work at one of the 20 or so Dollar Stores in the area. Just because you shop at the local dollar stores does not make you ‘country chic,’ Caruthersville, 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 Caruthersville 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.

8. West Plains

West Plains, Missouri

Population: 12,230
% White: 93.64%
% Single Moms: 11.79%

This Howell County city near Arkansas cracks the top 10 for most Trashy cities in Missouri. When you look at the data, it isn’t hard to see why. About 1 in 5 residents is a single parent on welfare.

If you’re a dead-beat dad named Rick who snorts Tylenol (because he can’t afford adderall), and you moved to Little Rock with your sister’s best friend, you might be from West Plains.

9. De Soto

De Soto, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,469
% White: 93.94%
% Single Moms: 14.93%

Nothin’ says trashy like a good ‘ol ass whoopin at a Walmart. You just might see that in De Soto every now and then.

In fact, De Soto 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.

Obviously De Soto is home to the high class trashy. It‘s a lifestyle, here: They have the most tattoo shops per capita. Way to keep the tramp stamp alive.

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

10. Aurora

Aurora, Missouri

Population: 7,473
% White: 94.15%
% Single Moms: 6.44%

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in Missouri brings us to Aurora. This is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re ‘all that’ now that you have a Walmart to wear your pajamas to.

Aurora has a high number of single white moms with more than one kid. More babies = more $$.

Aurora, when are you going to stop smoking cigs with kids in your car? It’s not only hurting the environment, you have one of the highest dropout rates in the state.

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 Missouri 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 Missouri:

  1. Town and Country
  2. Creve Coeur
  3. Ladue

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Detailed List Of The Most Trashy Cities In Missouri

Rank City Population % White % Single Mom % Poor
1 Nevada 8,454 94.24% 16.4% 26.47%
2 Warrenton 8,025 95.7% 16.59% 23.07%
3 Kennett 10,678 84.02% 11.26% 28.38%
4 Sedalia 21,457 87.94% 11.83% 23.19%
5 Lebanon 14,637 94.16% 10.81% 23.71%
6 Clinton 9,012 95.27% 10.7% 21.48%
7 Caruthersville 6,026 62.48% 15.88% 30.9%
8 West Plains 12,230 93.64% 11.79% 25.49%
9 De Soto 6,469 93.94% 14.93% 23.15%
10 Aurora 7,473 94.15% 6.44% 16.13%
11 Richmond 5,654 93.47% 10.53% 22.13%
12 Carthage 14,278 90.27% 11.29% 25.83%
13 Poplar Bluff 17,195 85.02% 9.3% 24.82%
14 Hannibal 17,717 87.65% 12.62% 19.6%
15 Branson 11,084 90.1% 9.98% 23.5%
16 Sullivan 6,998 95.68% 8.77% 18.56%
17 Bolivar 10,507 94.55% 8.0% 22.74%
18 Springfield 163,763 89.11% 7.77% 27.32%
19 Sikeston 16,436 69.83% 12.01% 19.56%
20 Dexter 7,920 97.08% 10.03% 22.51%
21 Fulton 12,812 83.27% 13.45% 21.41%
22 Marshfield 6,860 91.82% 11.23% 15.53%
23 St. Joseph 77,037 87.53% 10.56% 18.55%
24 Rolla 19,910 85.04% 10.29% 27.72%
25 Neosho 12,102 89.24% 9.16% 20.91%
26 Troy 11,175 95.52% 11.33% 11.83%
27 Joplin 51,042 87.94% 8.48% 17.15%
28 Pacific 6,305 90.18% 13.61% 19.38%
29 Perryville 8,333 96.2% 11.0% 10.74%
30 Cape Girardeau 38,959 80.25% 8.36% 27.69%
31 Chillicothe 9,025 93.42% 8.88% 18.33%
32 Pevely 5,596 93.58% 12.44% 20.26%
33 Park Hills 8,695 97.08% 8.45% 29.9%
34 Farmington 17,570 90.03% 6.75% 14.67%
35 Trenton 6,042 94.24% 8.54% 25.94%
36 Ozark 18,608 96.12% 9.95% 12.31%
37 Overland 16,011 75.49% 10.46% 17.88%
38 Independence 117,192 83.28% 9.23% 16.78%
39 Union 10,644 97.71% 4.09% 10.09%
40 Moberly 13,879 86.05% 9.62% 24.94%
41 Mexico 11,588 88.01% 10.78% 18.32%
42 Harrisonville 10,003 96.0% 9.4% 16.02%
43 Bowling Green 5,465 78.88% 13.81% 19.23%
44 Excelsior Springs 11,512 87.67% 10.0% 18.21%
45 Republic 15,594 97.53% 11.03% 11.4%
46 Arnold 21,123 98.09% 7.89% 8.87%
47 Marshall 13,048 79.94% 14.07% 17.2%
48 St. John 6,491 64.44% 13.68% 9.08%
49 Belton 23,209 89.1% 11.45% 12.69%
50 Kirksville 17,574 91.69% 5.86% 43.65%
51 Boonville 8,350 82.95% 10.45% 16.68%
52 Maplewood 7,960 77.46% 5.59% 20.0%
53 Macon 5,468 90.31% 6.85% 17.38%
54 Bridgeton 11,699 70.97% 7.9% 15.74%
55 Monett 8,957 83.36% 6.36% 22.15%
56 Webb City 11,035 92.89% 8.58% 15.79%
57 Cameron 10,167 80.85% 10.13% 19.93%
58 Festus 11,839 91.74% 7.27% 9.17%
59 Odessa 5,222 98.95% 9.19% 12.71%
60 Jefferson City 43,186 75.49% 11.46% 15.2%
61 Raytown 29,486 65.12% 11.15% 12.18%
62 Warrensburg 19,739 83.62% 7.13% 31.23%
63 Washington 13,993 91.82% 7.08% 11.37%
64 St. Ann 12,973 66.71% 9.76% 16.78%
65 Maryville 11,997 92.25% 7.65% 42.33%
66 Columbia 115,391 78.67% 6.25% 28.87%
67 Gladstone 26,309 89.51% 8.61% 13.24%
68 Grain Valley 13,134 91.42% 11.45% 10.38%
69 Oak Grove 7,839 95.93% 10.85% 6.33%
70 Jackson 14,439 94.96% 7.46% 9.38%
71 Carl Junction 7,577 96.98% 15.12% 9.96%
72 Bonne Terre 7,064 70.6% 14.12% 15.66%
73 Nixa 20,177 92.64% 10.97% 12.38%
74 Florissant 52,356 63.27% 12.34% 7.52%
75 Pleasant Hill 8,216 94.39% 9.53% 13.03%
76 Liberty 30,035 91.4% 7.12% 9.99%
77 St. Charles 67,479 85.99% 8.17% 9.66%
78 Willard 5,429 91.88% 10.53% 7.88%
79 Blue Springs 53,364 86.25% 9.49% 9.06%
80 Savannah 5,092 98.1% 4.5% 12.26%
81 Sunset Hills 8,533 95.52% 4.91% 4.99%
82 Kearney 9,039 93.3% 11.55% 4.4%
83 Eureka 10,450 92.62% 7.81% 6.25%
84 Des Peres 8,480 95.28% 2.31% 2.75%
85 Richmond Heights 8,510 79.72% 1.47% 8.75%
86 Brentwood 8,052 88.87% 1.87% 6.92%
87 Wentzville 32,827 91.16% 8.4% 5.71%
88 St. Peters 55,135 91.74% 4.55% 3.58%
89 Parkville 5,946 91.14% 6.42% 13.9%
90 Crestwood 11,961 91.15% 5.55% 4.26%
91 Maryland Heights 27,401 68.95% 6.3% 7.78%
92 Battlefield 5,844 89.12% 4.83% 5.08%
93 Greenwood 5,400 93.02% 6.15% 6.79%
94 Ellisville 9,181 94.23% 4.62% 4.56%
95 Smithville 8,911 92.62% 7.28% 5.06%
96 Lee’S Summit 93,618 83.73% 7.96% 5.59%
97 Shrewsbury 6,208 88.82% 4.3% 11.54%
98 O’Fallon 83,053 89.07% 7.59% 4.46%
99 Lake St. Louis 14,933 90.82% 4.9% 4.76%
100 Waynesville 5,250 79.89% 4.48% 13.49%

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