Do you know anyone whom you’d refer to as White trash? Most likely. Either there’s someone at your job, in your neighborhood, or in your family that you’d throw that label on.
Essentially, White trash is everywhere.
While calling someone White trash 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, white trash 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 White trash communities in the state of California are actually located.
After pouring over data, watching too many fist fights and perusing illiterate Facebook comments, we’ve determined these are the most White trash cities in California:
Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the cities one by one.
How we determined the most white trash cities in California
Using publicly available government data, as well as Google Maps, we were able to collect the data on the following 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.
Estimated White trash: 29,923
Welfare population: 20%
Payday Loan Outlets: 8
Toss back a Budweiser and suck down another Camel, Hemet, cause you’re the whitest trash of all.
Hemet ranks in the top 10% for several categories, including number of residents on welfare, number of payday loans per capita, and for the number of high school dropouts.
If you live in Riverside County, there’s no denying the number of Walmarts and meth users in the Hemet area. White trash residents of Hemet have lots of people in nearby San Jacinto, Perris and Temecula to keep them company.
Estimated White trash: 8,532
Welfare population: 22%
Single parents: 28%
If you’ve stopped on your way to Vegas at some point, you’ve probably noticed – Barstow is White trash central for the greater San Bernardino desert area. Even more so than neighboring Hesperia and Victorville.
Barstow was in the top 5 for number of poor, white uneducated residents, and ranks in the top 5% for number of residents on welfare and for single parents. While we couldn’t break down the data into single dads vs. single moms, you can bet there are lots of single moms in Barstow who spend more at Jack in the Box than they do on shoes.
Estimated White trash: 27,283
High school dropouts: 17%
Single parents: 25%
Speaking of Hesperia, Barstow’s neighbor to the south along the 215 is also a haven for trashy, white people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, right?
If you live in Hesperia, there’s a good chance you should have been on COPS. Hesperia ranks in the top 5% in the state for single white parents who are on welfare, and in the top 10% for number of high school dropouts.
The good ole’ 909 is representing well so far in this study.
Estimated White trash: 77,304
Payday Loan Outlets: 35
Assaults ranking: 5th in CA
Single white moms: 20%
We finally get out of Southern California for the next city on our list, Stockton. This central valley known for farming and illegal farmworkers has a large number of White trash per capita.
If you’ve moved in with someone with your kid after two dates, than you might be from Stockton. It ranks 3rd in the state for cities above 100,000 people for income levels and single parents, 5th for aggravated assaults (meaning drunken fist fights) and is tops in the state for number of payday loan stores per person.
According to online forums, East Stockton is filled with trailer park, meth addicted white trash. Don’t shoot the messenger, folks.
Estimated White trash: 68,390
Assaults: 7th for large cities in CA
Payday Loan Outlets: 28
Maybe Bakersfield gets a bad rap because of nearby Oildale, but when you look at the data, Bakersfield has just about more white trash than anywhere else in the entire state.
Sure, there’s a lot of Mexicans here, but those who are not Mexican are mostly likely white, and likely at least a quarter trash. High quality methamphetamine can be found in any trailer park; it’s a very popular drug of choice here. But at least they have a community college in town, where trashy people can take a few classes before dropping out to take care of their kid(s).
Estimated White trash: 62,030
Welfare population: 25%
Single parents: 25%
Drug use: 3rd for cities above 200,000 residents in CA
Back to So Cal we go. Sure, we’re aware that Riverside is a pretty diverse place. It’s either the have’s or the have not’s in Riverside. Example:
Canyon Crest: Have’s.
Ramona: Have not’s.
Outside of the high number of single moms on welfare, Riverside doesn’t stand out in one particular category, but ranks high in all of them. Wiggerside (as the locals call it) is in the top 20% in every single category we measured, and is highest in number of payday loan stores, single parents and drug use.
White trash who want to move up in the world moves to Riverside from nearby San Bernardino, Fontana and Rialto.
Estimated White trash: 19,953
Drug use: 11th in CA for cities above 100,000
Payday Loan Outlets: 18
The “Yoch” has plenty of White trash. This Contra Costa County city wedged between Oakland and Stockton ranks decently in number of college graduates. But those could be from online degrees, since it ranks high in a number of other ‘telling’ categories, including drug use, single parents and poverty.
And the number of check cashing advance stores is through the roof. Come on people, those charge about 500% interest!
Estimated White trash: 12,289
Drug use: 18th in CA
Single mothers: 27%
Perhaps this Alameda County city ranks so highly in a number of categories is because it’s a ‘boring’ place. What else is there to do so far away from a big city except smoke pot, drink, have sex and get into trouble?
Livermore is one of those under the radar trashy places. People aren’t necessarily in your face about how trashy they are, but when you look at the data, if you like your women a little on the trashy side, this would be your type of place.
Estimated White trash: 106,204
Assaults: 5th in CA
Drug use: 11th in CA
Single moms: 22%
Fresno is known by many in the Central Valley for two things: Agriculture and meth use. Nearly 3 in 10 households is a single parent, and there are a whopping 25% of the population is on welfare.
There are at least 35 payday advance type loans in Fresno, meaning lots of those who do have jobs are stretching their paychecks pretty far to buy things they can’t afford. And Fresno ranks towards the top in California for number of aggravated assaults per capita, too.
There’s a high number of rednecks in Fresno, meaning there’s a good chance if you’re white in Fresno, you’re a redneck or White trash (or both.)
Estimated White trash: 10,204
Welfare population: 17%
Single parents: 22%
This small enclave outside of San Diego cracks the top 10 for most White trash cities in California. When you look at the data, it isn’t hard to see why. About 1 in 5 residents is on welfare, and is a single parent.
This community has a well-known reputation for being a ‘cowboy town’ and a ‘hick town’ among San Diego County residents. If you read the forums, you’ll see lots of people talking about Lakeside as being home to lots of trailer parks and meth heads.
Sounds like White trash heaven? Indeed.
There You Have It
According to the official dictionary definition of White trash, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most White trash cities in a state can’t be too far off.
If you’re analyzing cities in California with lots of angry welfare recipients, single mothers and where people have lots of options for payday cash loans, this is an accurate list.