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25 most redneck cities in Illinois

Every time I check out one of the lists on I am never disappointed. They have a fantastic way of delivering data in the most entertaining ways.

The most recent list on Road Snacks talks about the most redneck cities in Illinois.

Using both dictionary definitions and stereotypical categories, they put together the perfect criteria to determine if a city is redneck or not. This is how they came up with the ranking: 

The dictionary definition categories

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Lives in the south or midwest

And the stereotypical categories

  • Number of dive bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Golden Corrals, Bass Pro Shops, and Dollar Generals nearby

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.


So what towns ranked highest on the list?

  1. Vandalia
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Litchfield
  4. Chester
  5. Jacksonville
  6. Harvard
  7. Jerseyville
  8. Pontiac
  9. Effingham
  10. Antioch
  11. North Riverside
  12. Plano
  13. Winthrop Harbor
  14. Bridgeview
  15. Schiller Park
  16. Countryside
  17. Itasca
  18. Harwood Heights
  19. Rochelle
  20. Norridge
  21. Evergreen Park
  22. River Forest
  23. Chicago Ridge
  24. Forest Park
  25. Dixon

Where did Rockford Rank? Welp, it didn't! Not on the top 100.


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