These Are The 10 Cities In Alabama With The Most KKK Members

We measured the places in the Yellowhammer State where there have historically been the most Klaverns per capita.

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Do you live in one of the most racist cities in Alabama?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a hate crime that happens not that far away from us. Whether it’s the ‘white vs. black’ hate crime that we are so used to being part of America’s culture, or today’s hate crime (gay bashing), it never seems to end.

Hate groups can be hard to measure, because typically, there’s no record of where they exist. But there is data on where there were distinct Klaverns of the Ku Klux Klan in each state. We wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the data in order to identify the most racist cities in Alabama.

The result is the following list of the most racist cities in the Heart Of Dixie:

  1. Edwardsville
  2. Akron
  3. Louisville
  4. Pisgah
  5. Vincent
  6. Collinsville
  7. Florala
  8. Stevenson
  9. Luverne
  10. Oneonta (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how Edwardsville end up as the most racist place in Alabama.

Or check out the most ghetto cities and the most dangerous cities in Alabama.


How we calculated the most racist cities in Alabama

While there are surveys and public polls on what places might be the most racist, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from where KKK organizations have existed.

Specifically, we analyzed research out of Virginia Commonwealth University that mapped the Klans in each area and gave a history of their recruitment from 1915-1940.

This report is an analysis of the locations of historic KKK organizations divided by the number of people who currently live there.

There were a total of 24 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Alabama during the time period of reference.

A quick history lesson on the KKK

What is the KKK? In a nutshell, the KKK was formed back in 1865, and there have been three separate movements, all three of which were supposedly ‘purification movements’ in America. The 1865-1870s movement sought to overthrow Republican state governments.

The second movement (1915 – 1944) saw millions of members of the KKK form, which was opposed to immigration into America, especially against Catholics and Jews.

The most memorable movement of the KKK started in the 1950s, which was involved in the Civil Rights movement, and which targeted the black population in America.

The number of active members of the KKK is much smaller these days.

At the Klan’s height, there were 32 active Kalverns in Alabama.

The cities below are the places where there were Klans back in the day, and where the number of Klans per the current population is high. Meaning, the number of racist members of the community has historically been the highest, according to the math.


1. Edwardsville

Population: 202
Klaverns: 1

2. Akron

Population: 302
Klaverns: 1

3. Louisville

Population: 487
Klaverns: 1

4. Pisgah

Population: 802
Klaverns: 1

5. Vincent

Population: 1,850
Klaverns: 1

6. Collinsville

Population: 1,991
Klaverns: 1

7. Florala

Population: 2,210
Klaverns: 1

8. Stevenson

Stevenson, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,739
Klaverns: 1

9. Luverne

Luverne, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,818
Klaverns: 1

10. Oneonta

Oneonta, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,623
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

When you’re looking at the places in Alabama with the highest number of KKK Klaverns per capita back in the day, this is an accurate list.

Below is a chart which lists all cities in Alabama with KKK organizations from 1915-1940.
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Detailed List Of The Most Racist Cities In Alabama

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Edwardsville 1 202 1
Akron 2 302 1
Louisville 3 487 1
Pisgah 4 802 1
Vincent 5 1,850 1
Collinsville 6 1,991 1
Florala 7 2,210 1
Stevenson 8 2,739 1
Luverne 9 2,818 1
Oneonta 10 6,623 1
Sheffield 11 9,067 1
Anniston 12 22,749 2
Bessemer 13 27,202 2
Jasper 14 14,247 1
Scottsboro 15 14,779 1
Foley 16 15,428 1
Athens 17 23,335 1
Florence 18 39,738 1
Birmingham 19 211,705 5
Auburn 20 56,986 1
Tuscaloosa 21 93,325 1
Mobile 22 194,942 2
Montgomery 23 204,095 2
Huntsville 24 184,132 1

13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Cities In Alabama With The Most KKK Members

  1. This is bull there’s not been kkk in Collinsville since the 1970’s I know this for a fact. So how much of the rest is crap.

  2. I am a writer who lives in Florala. We disagree with the author of this article. In fact, my newest novel was just released.The Sanctum, the evils of racism through the eyes of a 13 year old white girl in 1959 who survives by her quick wit and the ever watchful eye of the black man who raises her. I think the writer of this article needs to do better research. Travel to each town. Find out first hand.

  3. We really don’t appreciate Florala being written about in this way…..far from any KKK here, we all get along and care for each other….why post something so insensitive like this.

  4. I’m from Huntsville, Alabama and this article is true. I’m latino and was treated as a second class citizen by whites.

    1. I am so surprised FloralA was on the list, unless the kkk has gone underground. There was a group 50 years or so ago, but I think they have all died off.⁰

  5. Lol how is Akron racist? It’s majority black. Black people love white folks too damned much to be racist. If black people were racist there’d be a heck of a lot of dead white folks. They’d rather kill each other. I guess the list needed it’s diversity. Inclusion is a big with with the Americans these days.

  6. This is wrong more black on black crime and black on white crime happens in Alabama majority of blacks are racist most every white person is not. And the kkk is not active here

  7. Its Alabama. It neighbors Mississippi. It has always been a hotbed, if not THE hotbed for the Klan and abject racism. One is NEVER going to be very far from racism in good ole Alabamy.

  8. This is pure BS. You are ranking towns as the most racist because of how many Klansmen they had in them in 1940?! Seriously?! 80 years ago!? This is the kind of yellow journalism that is a perversion of actual, real research and analysis. The author of this article is yet another person that is responsible for the lie that the KKK is so alive and well today because they use data from 80 years ago to draw modern conclusions from.

    Nick James, you should be embarrassed and ashamed of yourself and your lack of journalistic integrity.

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