A reader sent me a link to a website called Roadsnacks.net and a list “These are 10 most white trash cities in California.” It is quick to add, “This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out.”
As it turns out Grass Valley is on the list (but not Nevada City or Truckee). I’m not stating I agree with list — or the nasty premise behind it — I’m just reporting it. What’s missing, of course, is all the wonderful assets in Grass Valley, ranging from historical sites and outdoor adventures, to local shopping and dining experiences, to arts and culture that draws people from all over the region.
The website used this criteria for its ranking:
“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 white trash 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”