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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.
Alabama0.16316.6732.974,934,193
Alaska0.0689.516.3724,357
Arizona0.1387.421.27,520,103
Arkansas0.14922.337.23,033,946
California0.0440000000000000040.54.939,613,493
Colorado0.0579.64615.35,893,634
Connecticut0.0081.141.943,552,821
Delaware0.111999999999999994.7415.94990,334
Florida0.115999999999999997.41921,944,577
Georgia0.1211.523.510,830,007
Hawaii0.0021.41.61,406,430
Idaho0.1229.8221,860,123
Illinois0.0324.17.312,569,321
Indiana0.06610.4176,805,663
Iowa0.05313.118.43,167,974
Kansas0.06414.220.62,917,224
Kentucky0.14114.428.54,480,713
Louisiana0.1313.726.74,627,002
Maine0.0989.118.91,354,522
Maryland0.0191.43.36,065,436
Massachusetts0.0090000000000000010.51.46,912,239
Michigan0.0654.0510.559,992,427
Minnesota0.0454.79.25,706,398
Mississippi0.16618.535.12,966,407
Missouri0.0819999999999999913.6221.826,169,038
Montana0.143000000000000027.4821.781,085,004
Nebraska0.05113.118.21,951,996
Nevada0.096999999999999997.517.23,185,786
New Hampshire0.0655.311.81,372,203
New Jersey0.010.11.18,874,520
New Mexico0.1860000000000000314.533.12,105,005
New York0.0270000000000000031.94.619,299,981
North Carolina0.163999999999999989.225.610,701,022
North Dakota0.096.2815.28770,026
Ohio0.0467.06611.76611,714,618
Oklahoma0.10715.225.93,990,443
Oregon0.103000000000000013.313.64,289,439
Pennsylvania0.0495.7110.6112,804,123
Rhode Island0.010.9291.9291,061,509
South Carolina0.20311.832.15,277,830
South Dakota0.11412.924.3896,581
Tennessee0.1114.425.46,944,260
Texas11.320.329,730,311
Utah0.05110.515.63,310,774
Vermont0.0774.812.5623,251
Virginia0.0648.214.68,603,985
Washington0.0853.18111.687,796,941
West Virginia0.1689999999999999814.931.81,767,859
Wisconsin0.0440000000000000047.912.35,852,490
Wyoming0.15915.731.6581,075

Most Redneck States 2021