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 New York 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 New York:
- Utica (Photos)
- Jamestown (Photos)
- Niagara Falls (Photos)
- Buffalo (Photos)
- Binghamton (Photos)
- Elmira (Photos)
- Auburn (Photos)
- Cortland (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 New York.
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How we determined the most trashy cities in New York?
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.
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 38 for each of the trashy criteria.
Next, then averaged all the ranks to create a “trashy index”.
In the end, Gloversville ended up being the the most trashy city in the Empire State.
Estimated Trashy: 4,204
Welfare population: 17%
Toss back a Budweiser, and suck down another Camel, Gloversville, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in New York. This city in Fulton 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.
Estimated Trashy: 15,000
Dollar Stores: 10
Utica’s population is as close to 100% white as you can possibly get. This city in Oneida 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 Utica; and for that, you should be proud.
Estimated Trashy: 7,283
High school dropouts: 17%
Jamestown is situated between Lake Erie and the Allegheny National Forest. This is one of the ‘most white’ cities on this list, and judging by the numbers, this place is pretty damn trashy. Jamestown 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. Niagara Falls
Estimated Trashy: 10,999
Assaults ranking: 5th in NY
Chances are, if you and your kid(s) moved in with someone after two dates, than you might be from Niagara Falls, New York. This city in Niagara County ranks fifth in the state for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights), and is 8th in the state for number of payday loan stores per capita.
Estimated Trashy: 51,225
Assaults: 7th for small cities in NY
According to online forums, Buffalo is pretty trashy. If you’re from Buffalo, 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 Rochester with your sister’s best friend, you might be from Buffalo.
Estimated Trashy: 10,439
Thefts per capita: 3rd
Binghamton is a border town located at the southern end of New York. Though only two-thirds of the population is white, the number of drug-related crimes and aggravated assaults, combined with the high number of poor dropouts, makes this trashy central for Broome County.
Estimated Trashy: 7,439
Dollar Stores: 10
Statistically, Elmira ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of dollar stores per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents.
Elmira residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to either the big city of Horseheads or Southport 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!
Estimated Trashy: 5,439
Dollar Stores: 5
Sadly, a large percentage of the Ronkonkoma population’s income is based on welfare, workers comp, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Ronko ranks very high for number of check cashing outlets and dollar stores. There’s quite a few people here who look like Tonya Harding and Eminem got together and had a baby.
Estimated Trashy: 5,439
Payday Loan Outlets: 6
Located on the north end of Owasco Lake is Auburn, New York. Here a large number of people live on disability or work at one of the 7 or so Dollar Stores in town.
Just because you shop at the local dollar stores does not make you ‘country chic,’ Auburn, it makes you trashy. 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.
Estimated Trashy: 5,439
Dollar Stores: 6
Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in New York brings us to Cortland. Located in the middle of nowhere New York, this is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re all that now that you have multiple Dollar Stores and Super Walmarts 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 New York 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 New York:
- Long Beach
- Glen Cove
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