Lack of high school diplomas, large quantities of gun stores, high amounts of taxidermy professionals and cities with the closest proximity to Wal-Mart stores was the information real estate blog, Movoto, collected to decipher the "Top 10 Most Redneck Cities in America."
Research coordinator, Natalie Grigson, said the content for locating the cities was based off of her life growing up in Austin, Texas.
“Coming up with criteria for this post was not difficult for me; in fact, the hardest part was narrowing it down,” said Grigson. “You see, rednecks are surprisingly diverse folk—they love home cookin’, but they love fast food; they love their dogs, but they love their taxidermied animals just the same [sic],” she said.
Cities were evaluated based on eight pieces of criteria, including: the number of gun and ammo stores, taxidermists, cowboy boot stores, country radio stations, Wal-Mart’s and lawn mower/tractor repair shows, all per capita. Locations were also controversially evaluated based on the cities with the lowest number of high school graduates, according U.S. Census Bureau data.
Atlanta, Ga., took the No. 1 spot as the most redneck city; Kansas City, Mo., was awarded second place. Oklahoma took two of the top ten spots, Oklahoma City placing third and Tulsa placing fifth place. Last place went to Mesa, Ariz.
Grigson said according to the YellowPages.com, Mesa, Ariz., had the highest number of gun and ammunition retailers in the country, with 446,000 residents and 132 related stores. New York City came in last, results showing only 30 gun stores for more than 8 million residents. New York was also deemed the city with the smallest number of taxidermists in the country; Minneapolis, Minn., secured the top spot.
Results showed that the city with the fewest number of high school graduates was Cleveland, Ohio, with Grigson confirming the lack of graduates was one of the main reasons the city made the top 10 the list.
The Top 10 Most Redneck Cities in America:
- 1. Atlanta, Ga.
- 2. Kansas City, Mo.
- 3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
- 4. Nashville, Tenn.
- 5. Tulsa, Okla.
- 6. Fort Worth, Texas
- 7. Arlington, Texas
- 8. Sacramento, Calif.
- 9. Cleveland, Ohio
- 10. Mesa, Ariz.
Earlier this week, Movoto released the “Most Exciting Cities in America” study results, showing that the most happening U.S. city was Oakland, Calif.; Boston, Mass., came in second.