These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In South Carolina

These are the places in South Carolina 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 South 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 South Carolina:

  1. Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  2. Lexington (Photos)
  3. York (Photos)
  4. Cayce (Photos)
  5. Florence (Photos)
  6. Laurens (Photos)
  7. Rock Hill (Photos)
  8. Anderson (Photos)
  9. Conway (Photos)
  10. Aiken (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 South Carolina.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in South 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 29 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Myrtle Beach ended up being the the most trashy city in the Palmetto State.


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1. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 31,196
Estimated Trashy: 7,768
Welfare population: 20%

Toss back a Budweiser, suck down another can of squirt cheese, and put your cig out in the sand, Myrtle Beach peeps, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in South Carolina.

This is why the Trashy Capital of South 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.

2. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,949
Estimated Trashy: 5,283
Estimated meth heads: 2,546
High school dropouts: 17%

In the 803, they have their own set of trashy problems. According to online forums, Section 8 residents have better housing than the WT in this town and the townies are selling drugs next to parks. If you live in L-town there’s a good chance you know someone either makin’ it, sellin’ it, or smokin’ it.

3. York

York, South Carolina

Population: 8,996
Estimated Trashy: 2,979
Assaults ranking: 5th in SC

Where the lot lizards hang on the corner of Congress and Liberty is York, South Carolina. There’s a good chance if you’re from this city you know someone who would be a great extra on the show Trailer Park Boys.

4. Cayce

Cayce, South Carolina

Population: 13,517
Estimated Trashy: 4,675
High school dropouts: 15%

Cayce, South Carolina is located southwest of Columbia along the Congaree River. This is where South Carolina’s trashy crackers like to get toasted.

According to online forums, the 803 has a major trashy attitude problem. Don’t dare ask them to explain why they consider a trailer park different than a mobile home park or why they have more tattoos than teeth, you just might get yourself slapped.

5. Florence

Florence, South Carolina

Population: 37,913
Estimated Trashy: 10,265
Dollar Stores: 14

Florence is located off the 95 in the middle of nowhere in the Palmetto State. Flo-Town comes in fifth on our list. This number, however, doesn’t reflect the high number of mullets (is it a mullet, a perm, or merm Flo-Town?), shag haircuts, bangs teased like it’s 1990, and the number of people who wear pajamas to one of your many Dollar Stores.

6. Laurens

Florence, South Carolina
Population: 10,936
Estimated Trashy: 2,999
Estimated meth heads: 965
Payday Loan Outlets: 6

Laurens 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.

7. Rock Hill

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 72,517
Estimated Trashy: 15,675
Dollar Stores 12

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

In fact, this city in York County was home to the infamous trashy Walmart fight between the woman in the jammies and the other woman in the jammies.

8. Anderson

Anderson, South Carolina

Population: 26,949
Estimated Trashy: 6,283
High school dropouts: 17%

A lot of your trash must be getting into fist fights at the Dollar Store when it’s 50% off day because you’re 3rd for aggravated assaults.

Simmer down, A-town. #NoShoesNoShirtNoTeethNoProblem

9. Conway

Conway, South Carolina

Population: 18,913
Estimated Trashy: 4,265
Payday Loan Outlets: 6

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

This city, just outside of Myrtle Beach, ranks fifth in the state for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights).

And if you ever get that mower fixed, make sure you head on down to your local dives to support your townies on your next trashy bar crawl.

10. Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 31,904
Estimated Trashy: 5,204
Payday Loan Outlets: 9

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in South Carolina brings us to Aiken. This is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re ‘all that’ with your 12 Dollar Stores, 9 payday loan outlets, and large number of fast food restaurants to wear your pajamas, swimsuits, and wife beaters to.

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 South 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 South Carolina:

  1. Mauldin
  2. Tega Cay
  3. Mount Pleasant

If you want to see what the trashiest cities your neighbors to the north are, check out the 10 Most Trashy Cities In North Carolina.

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