These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In Wisconsin

These are the places in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin:

  1. Wausau (Photos)
  2. Racine (Photos)
  3. Beloit (Photos)
  4. Rhinelander (Photos)
  5. Antigo (Photos)
  6. Waupaca (Photos)
  7. Sheboygan (Photos)
  8. Sparta (Photos)
  9. Monroe (Photos)
  10. Janesville (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 Wisconsin.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in Wisconsin?

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
  • 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 114 for each of the trashy criteria.

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

In the end, Wausau ended up being the the most trashy city in the Badger State.


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1. Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin

Population: 39,661
Estimated Trashy: 10,367
Welfare population: 20%
Payday Loan Outlets: 2

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

Wausau 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.

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

2. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Population: 75,145
Estimated Trashy: 21,342.5
Welfare population: 25%
Drug use: 3rd for cities above 5,000 residents in WI

This city, on the shores of Lake Michigan, ranks fifth in the state 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 to bare knuckle in your trailer’s front yard. Just please, please, watch out for the boat on cinder blocks, and the crapper, and the broken down mower.

3. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Population: 36,949
Estimated Trashy: 10,283
High school dropouts: 17%

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 Beloit 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 Beloit Way: 24 beer cans, 24 hours in a day. Genius.

4. Rhinelander

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Population: 7,468
Estimated Trashy: 1,979
Payday Loan Outlets: 2
Assaults ranking: 5th in WI

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

This small city in R-town is located along the Wisconsin River in the middle of nowhere. And, according to online forums, Rhinelander has a major drug problem. Even the Wisconsin River rats are doing heroin here.

Trashy river rats? That should be a reality show for sure!

5. Antigo

Antigo, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,191
Estimated Trashy: 1,225
Assaults: 7th for small cities in WI
Payday Loan Outlets: 2

Located northwest of Green Bay at the corner of Not Bob’s and North Star Lanes is Antigo, Wisconsin.

This cowtown 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 Langlade County.

Hey 715, stay classy and keep it trashyy. Otherwise we won’t have anything to write about.

6. Waupaca

Waupaca, Wisconsin

Population: 7,439
Estimated Trashy: 1,342.5
Welfare population: 25%
Drug use: 3rd for cities above 5,000 residents in WI

Waupaca was home to the infamous trashy Dollar General 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.

7. Sheboygan

Shebooygan, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 49,812
Estimated Trashy: 10,953
Drug use: 11th in WI for cities below 40,000
Payday Loan Outlets: 2

According to online forums, Sheboygan has some major slums and disgruntled meth head Packer fans. Hey don’t shoot the messenger!

These 920 hustlers rank in the top 5 for three separate trashy metrics, including a number of aggravated assaults, and for poor, white single mothers on welfare.

8. Sparta

Sparta, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,517
Estimated Trashy: 2,675
Drug use: 18th in WI
Deadbeat dads: 7%

Sparta is located between Tomah and La Crosse, just off the 90. This city in Monroe County 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, S-town?), shag haircuts, bangs teased out like it’s 1990, and the number of people who wear pajamas to the Dollar Store.

9. Monroe

Monroe, Wisconsin

Population: 10,437
Estimated Trashy: 2,444
Assaults: 5th in WI
Drug use: 11th in WI

Located at the southern end of Wisconsin is Monroe. A lot of trash in the 608 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 Monroe 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.

10. Janesville

Janesville, Wisconsin

Population: 63,904
Estimated Trashy: 15,204
Welfare population: 17%
Single parents: 22%

Rounding out the list of the ten most trashy cities in Wisconsin brings us to Janesville. This is where the high class trashy live. You think you’re ‘all that’ with your seven Dollar Stores, multiple bowling alleys, and two Super Walmarts 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin:

  1. Fox Point
  2. Mequon
  3. New Berlin

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