These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In North Carolina

These are the places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina:

  1. Rocky Mount (Photos)
  2. Roxboro (Photos)
  3. Asheboro (Photos)
  4. Mount Airy (Photos)
  5. Albemarle (Photos)
  6. Goldsboro (Photos)
  7. Jacksonville (Photos)
  8. Lexington (Photos)
  9. Graham (Photos)
  10. Morehead City (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 North Carolina.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in North Carolina?

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 59 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Fayetteville ended up being the the most trashy city in the Tar Heel State.


1. Rocky Mount

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Population: 200,196
Estimated Trashy: 50,768
Estimated meth heads: 15,143
Welfare population: 20%

Toss back a Budweiser, Rocky Mount peeps, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in North Carolina.

Many of the trashy in ‘the Mount’ smell of cheap cigarettes, stale beer, and Huddle House. And if you grew up in nearby, there’s a decent chance you know some trashy people.

This is why the Trashy Capital of North Carolina 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 aggravated assaults.

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

2. Roxboro

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Population: 8,936
Estimated Trashy: 10,999
Estimated meth heads: 4,965
High school dropouts: 17%

Roxboro ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including number of aggravated assaults, high school dropouts, and number of payday loan outlets.

When it comes to defining proper Trashy etiquette in this Tarheel Town, always remember the cardinal rule: You need to be careful what you say in the 743 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 Roxboro Way: 24 beer cans, 24 hours in a day. Genius.

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


3. Asheboro

Asheboro, North Carolina

Population: 26,996
Estimated Trashy: 6,979
Estimated meth heads: 2,913
Assaults ranking: 5th in NC

Chances are, if you and your kid(s) moved in with someone after just two dates, than you might be from the 336.

Asheboro ranks fifth in the state for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights). And in pure trashy form, when it comes to fightin’ over who gets the last Busch Light, you better believe it will be handled bare knuckle to bare knuckle in your trailer’s front yard. Just watch out for the dirty diaper, the tub, and the broken down mower.

Someone must have hidden your Camaro keys under your work boots, because sadly a large percentage of the Asheboro’s population’s income is based on welfare, workers comp, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

4. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,468
Estimated Trashy: 2,979
Estimated meth heads: 913
High school dropouts: 15%

Nothin’ says trashy like a good ‘ol ass whoopin at a Walmart. You just might see that in Mount Airy (AKA Mount Scary) on the first of the month.

In fact, the 336 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 one of their dollar stores so they won’t feel like they have to dress up.

If you live in the Surry County, there’s a good chance you know someone who is down with O.P.P. – other people’s pills. They are 15th in the state for drug use. And when they say they have their G.E.D., it means they “got every drug”

Hey Mount Airy, keep it classy and a whole lot trashyy, otherwise we won’t have anything to write about.

5. Albemarle

Albemarle, North Carolina

Population: 16,936
Estimated Trashy: 3,999
Estimated meth heads: 1,965
Payday Loan Outlets: 4

This city in Stanly County was in the top 5 for poor, uneducated white residents, and ranks high for check cashing companies. With the large number of cash advance companies, I guess you can say you are creating jobs; and for that, Albemarle, you should be proud.

But, a lot of your trash must be getting into fist fights at the local bowl-o-rama when they run out of Busch Light, because you’re 3rd for aggravated assaults.

That’s right, in Albemarle, 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 who has the best meth. They just have a real chip on their shoulders.

Simmer down, A-town. #NoShoesNoShirtNoTeethNoProblem

6. Goldsboro

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Population: 36,341
Estimated Trashy: 8,367
Estimated meth heads: 2,965
Dollar Stores: 9

Goldsboro is a little place in the middle of nowhere North Carolina.

It 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 Wayne County.

Here, if the trashy don’t have ‘Mountain Dew’ Mouth (AKA meth mouth) they’re not doing it right. And if the townies weren’t spending so much on meth, the dentists in this place would be making a fortune.

The culture in the 919 is as if Tonya Harding and Eminem got together and had a baby.

7. Jacksonville

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Population: 70,913
Estimated Trashy: 15,265
Estimated meth heads: 4,964
Dollar Stores: 17

Tucked behind 17 dollar stores, the Golden Corral, and the New River is Jacksonville, North Carolina.

According to online forums, the 910 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 J-town if you’re hangin’ at Riverwalk Park with your hick click and you send your best friend to get cigs and he calls 30 minutes later to tell you he got arrested with a 10 oz sack of weed.


8. Lexington

Lexington, North Carolina

Population: 19,913
Estimated Trashy: 7,265
Estimated meth heads: 1,964
Dollar Stores: 9

Welcome to Lexington, NC, where the official vehicle is a rusted out 1987 Chevy Blazer. This city in comes in eighth on our list. This number, however, doesn’t reflect the high number of mullets (is it a mullet, a perm, or merm, L-town?), shag haircuts, bangs teased out like it’s 1990, and the number of people who wear pajamas to one of the 9 Dollar Stores.

Statistically, Lexington ranks in the top 20 in a few categories, including number of dollar stores per capita, as well as number of poor, uneducated residents. Davidson County residents who want to move up in the world make the trek to either the big city of Winston-Salem or High Point 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!


9. Graham

Graham, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,913
Estimated Trashy: 3,265
Estimated meth heads: 964
Dollar Stores: 11

Graham ranks in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including number of aggravated assaults, number of dollar stores, and number of payday loan outlets.

Is that Ricky Bobby’s kid? Fair question, G-town. You are located in the middle of NASCAR land. But, don’t get your boxers in a bunch, we know the two things you don’t mess with in trashy land, racin’ and drinkin’. And if you live in Alamance County, there’s a good chance you ain’t racin’ your drinkin’. You’re a true gem, Graham.


10. Morehead City

Morehead City, North Carolina

Population: 9,191
Estimated Trashy: 2,225
Estimated meth heads: 964
Assaults: 7th for small cities in NC

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in North Carolina brings us to Morehead City (AKA Morehead Shitty). This is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re ‘all that’ with your dollar stores, payday loan outlets, and large number of fast food restaurants to wear your pajamas, swimsuits, and wife beaters to.

Located on North Carolina’s coast, this WT town is off the charts for it’s use of high class trashy attire. Especially on the Newport River Pier.

But for the residents of Morehead, it’s just home sweet home. Where the Meth Heads roam. And the hillbillies and pillbillies play.

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina:

  1. Holly Springs
  2. Cary
  3. Waxhaw

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