Warren is Michigan’s top “white trash” city, based on rankings relying on several factors, according to a website known as roadsnacks.net.
In its evaluation of Macomb County’s largest city released over the weekend, Road Snacks asserts some data while also pouring on the snark:
Estimated White Trash: 24,367
Estimated Meth Heads: 7,513
Welfare Population: 20%
Payday Loan Outlets: 8
Toss back a Budweiser, suck down another Camel, Warren, cause you’re the whitest trash of all in Michigan.
The (city) ranks in the top 10% for several categories, including the number of residents on welfare, the … amount of high school dropouts, as well as a high (number of) methadone clinics per capita.
To be sure, this is one of those websites that compiles countless lists and rankings and uses them as click-bait on the Internet. And much of north Warren is very different territory from south Warren.
Still, just for fun, here are the metrics they used, relying on federal data, to rank 123 Michigan cities (with populations over 5,000):
- 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
Add up all those factors and, according to the website, here is Michigan’s Top Ten:
- Bay City
- Port Huron
Sure, some people consider “white trash” a stereotypical, bigoted label – along with “hillbilly” and “redneck.” Road Snacks jumps right in, signaling that, from a long-term cultural standpoint, here is a way to explain the white trash label: “Take for instance Jerry Springer, Honey Boo Boo, Kid Rock, Eminem, Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite and even Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon movies.”
As far as I can tell, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has not yet commented on his city’s new distinction.