These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In Utah


These are the places in Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  2. Ogden (Photos)
  3. Roosevelt (Photos)
  4. Vernal (Photos)
  5. Price (Photos)
  6. Salt Lake City (Photos)
  7. Murray (Photos)
  8. Moab (Photos)
  9. Riverdale (Photos)
  10. Hurricane (Photos)

Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the cities one by one.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in Utah?

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 51 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, South Salt Lake ended up being the the most trashy city in the Beehive State.

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1. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Population: 24,501
% White: 67.53%
% Single Moms: 9.24%

2. Ogden

Ogden, Utah

Source: Public domain

Population: 84,273
% White: 82.24%
% Single Moms: 11.29%

3. Roosevelt

Roosevelt, Utah

Population: 6,555
% White: 85.84%
% Single Moms: 10.65%

4. Vernal

Vernal, Utah

Population: 10,321
% White: 94.16%
% Single Moms: 5.52%

5. Price

Price, Utah

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,505
% White: 89.5%
% Single Moms: 8.84%

6. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 190,679
% White: 73.44%
% Single Moms: 6.65%

7. Murray

Murray, Utah

Population: 48,460
% White: 90.02%
% Single Moms: 8.42%

8. Moab

Moab, Utah

Population: 5,175
% White: 89.12%
% Single Moms: 6.55%

9. Riverdale


Population: 8,610
% White: 86.04%
% Single Moms: 9.53%

10. Hurricane

Hurricane, Utah

Population: 14,694
% White: 95.43%
% Single Moms: 7.91%

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 Utah 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 Utah:

  1. Saratoga Springs
  2. Mapleton
  3. Syracuse

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Detailed List Of The Most Trashy Cities In Utah

Rank City Population % White % Single Mom % Poor
1 South Salt Lake 24,501 67.53% 9.24% 23.83%
2 Ogden 84,273 82.24% 11.29% 21.37%
3 Roosevelt 6,555 85.84% 10.65% 11.93%
4 Vernal 10,321 94.16% 5.52% 12.35%
5 Price 8,505 89.5% 8.84% 21.78%
6 Salt Lake City 190,679 73.44% 6.65% 19.53%
7 Murray 48,460 90.02% 8.42% 11.67%
8 Moab 5,175 89.12% 6.55% 21.32%
9 Riverdale 8,610 86.04% 9.53% 8.69%
10 Hurricane 14,694 95.43% 7.91% 15.06%
11 Tooele 32,454 90.01% 7.14% 8.43%
12 Cedar City 29,429 89.92% 6.28% 26.31%
13 Payson 19,313 95.18% 9.93% 9.81%
14 West Jordan 109,549 86.67% 8.58% 7.92%
15 Richfield 7,570 93.5% 5.39% 17.33%
16 Washington 22,080 90.43% 9.83% 10.96%
17 Sunset 5,163 80.13% 12.59% 16.49%
18 St. George 76,915 90.33% 6.38% 17.54%
19 Nephi 5,463 94.53% 5.92% 10.23%
20 South Ogden 16,805 90.56% 9.62% 9.35%
21 Roy 37,670 86.8% 7.05% 9.65%
22 Logan 49,400 85.44% 6.55% 28.42%
23 Harrisville 5,942 91.94% 6.59% 2.6%
24 Clearfield 30,299 81.71% 10.44% 10.75%
25 Grantsville 9,609 94.95% 7.57% 8.32%
26 Provo 115,345 88.22% 4.36% 32.81%
27 Orem 91,697 89.01% 6.81% 16.37%
28 Layton 71,007 85.95% 8.58% 8.83%
29 Bountiful 43,221 92.93% 6.48% 8.5%
30 North Salt Lake 18,046 81.64% 7.56% 11.16%
31 Sandy 91,533 89.79% 5.53% 5.85%
32 Lindon 10,552 93.81% 6.34% 6.52%
33 Draper 45,469 90.6% 7.9% 4.78%
34 Enoch 6,075 94.83% 3.51% 8.75%
35 West Bountiful 5,394 96.0% 4.48% 3.21%
36 Springville 31,178 91.92% 5.52% 7.5%
37 Pleasant Grove 35,771 94.96% 6.3% 10.7%
38 Pleasant View 8,647 98.27% 5.19% 3.02%
39 Spanish Fork 36,916 93.85% 5.47% 7.24%
40 Cottonwood Heights 34,234 90.0% 5.39% 4.14%
41 Salem 7,015 94.68% 5.06% 9.82%
42 North Ogden 18,006 95.77% 4.1% 3.25%
43 Lehi 54,079 93.44% 6.15% 5.38%
44 Clinton 21,036 86.87% 8.49% 4.07%
45 Smithfield 10,413 94.28% 6.23% 5.81%
46 Bluffdale 9,008 96.71% 2.71% 4.6%
47 South Jordan 59,662 91.24% 2.9% 3.88%
48 Farmington 21,223 94.35% 2.89% 4.15%
49 Syracuse 25,977 93.6% 4.81% 2.79%
50 Mapleton 8,788 91.26% 4.89% 4.71%
51 Saratoga Springs 22,532 93.21% 3.89% 1.48%

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