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Most Redneck States 2021

The term redneck is defined as a working-class white person who is perceived as crass and unsophisticated, usually politically reactionary and from a rural area. Redneck is generally used as a derogatory term. Its usage is similar in meaning to “cracker,” “hillbilly,” and “white trash.”

On the other hand, some people are self-proclaimed rednecks and see the term as an expression of pride. Other people see the term as just referring to country people or those from rural areas.

According to Stephen Cresswell, a history professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, redneck started as a derogatory term of expressing prejudice against lower-class whites who worked on farms. The actual word likely comes from either the red necks that workers would develop from long hours in the sun or from the red bandanas they wore around their necks to protect them from the sun. Soon the farmworkers started using the term themselves and even formed political groups to elect more farmers to office. They shared a mutual pride with other farmworkers because they worked with their hands and didn’t have a desk job.

During the early 20th century, the term “redneck” was sometimes used to refer to American coal miner union workers who wore red bandanas as a symbol of solidarity. In West Virginia, “redneck” is something people are proud of as it represents the solidarity and defiance of the coal miners who fought in the West Virginia Mine Wars.

Over time, the term took on a negative meaning, especially for Black Americans. This is likely because of the history of violence perpetrated on Blacks by a class of whites seen as rednecks. This causes people to view “redneck” as almost synonymous with “racist.”

In general, when people think of “redneck country,” they think of the rural, southeastern United States. But states in other regions of the U.S. can also be considered “redneck.”

Ranking the states in terms of how “redneck” they are can be difficult, but website mandatory.com published their rankings of the most redneck states in the U.S. based on two metrics: the number of mobile homes per 100 housing units and the number of Walmarts per 1,000,000 people. They added these two numbers together to get a “redneck score” for each state.

Based on this information, the most redneck states in the United States are:

Unsurprisingly, the majority of these states are located in the Southeast, with a few located a little more out west.

According to Mandatory’s ranking, the least redneck states in the U.S. are New Jersey (1.1), Massachusetts (1.4), Hawaii (1.6), Rhode Island (1.929), and Connecticut (1.94). Most of these states are located in the Northeast.

Most Redneck States 2021

State Mobile Homes per 100 Housing Units Walmarts per 1,000,000 People Red Neck Score 2021 Pop
Alabama0.16316.6732.974,934,190
Alaska0.0689.516.3724,357
Arizona0.1387.421.27,520,100
Arkansas0.14922.337.23,033,950
California0.0440000000000000040.54.939,613,500
Colorado0.0579.64615.35,893,630
Connecticut0.0081.141.943,552,820
Delaware0.111999999999999994.7415.94990,334
Florida0.115999999999999997.41921,944,600
Georgia0.1211.523.510,830,000
Hawaii0.0021.41.61,406,430
Idaho0.1229.8221,860,120
Illinois0.0324.17.312,569,300
Indiana0.06610.4176,805,660
Iowa0.05313.118.43,167,970
Kansas0.06414.220.62,917,220
Kentucky0.14114.428.54,480,710
Louisiana0.1313.726.74,627,000
Maine0.0989.118.91,354,520
Maryland0.0191.43.36,065,440
Massachusetts0.0090000000000000010.51.46,912,240
Michigan0.0654.0510.559,992,430
Minnesota0.0454.79.25,706,400
Mississippi0.16618.535.12,966,410
Missouri0.0819999999999999913.6221.826,169,040
Montana0.143000000000000027.4821.781,085,000
Nebraska0.05113.118.21,952,000
Nevada0.096999999999999997.517.23,185,790
New Hampshire0.0655.311.81,372,200
New Jersey0.010.11.18,874,520
New Mexico0.1860000000000000314.533.12,105,000
New York0.0270000000000000031.94.619,300,000
North Carolina0.163999999999999989.225.610,701,000
North Dakota0.096.2815.28770,026
Ohio0.0467.06611.76611,714,600
Oklahoma0.10715.225.93,990,440
Oregon0.103000000000000013.313.64,289,440
Pennsylvania0.0495.7110.6112,804,100
Rhode Island0.010.9291.9291,061,510
South Carolina0.20311.832.15,277,830
South Dakota0.11412.924.3896,581
Tennessee0.1114.425.46,944,260
Texas11.320.329,730,300
Utah0.05110.515.63,310,770
Vermont0.0774.812.5623,251
Virginia0.0648.214.68,603,980
Washington0.0853.18111.687,796,940
West Virginia0.1689999999999999814.931.81,767,860
Wisconsin0.0440000000000000047.912.35,852,490
Wyoming0.15915.731.6581,075

Most Redneck States 2021