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

We measured the places in the Golden 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 California?

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 California.

The result is the following list of the most racist cities in the Golden State:

  1. Randsburg
  2. Holtville (Photos)
  3. Taft (Photos)
  4. Pacific Grove (Photos)
  5. El Segundo (Photos)
  6. Selma
  7. Burlingame (Photos)
  8. Alameda (Photos)
  9. Calexico (Photos)
  10. Alhambra (Photos)

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

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


How we calculated the most racist cities in California

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 43 cities with at least 1 Klavern in California 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 67 active Kalverns in California.

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. Randsburg

Population: 128
Klaverns: 1

2. Holtville

Holtville, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,067
Klaverns: 1

3. Taft

Taft, California


Population: 15,365
Klaverns: 1

5. El Segundo

El Segundo, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,839
Klaverns: 1

6. Selma

Population: 23,808
Klaverns: 1

7. Burlingame

Burlingame, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,618
Klaverns: 1

8. Alameda

Alameda, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,763
Klaverns: 2

9. Calexico

Calexico, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,281
Klaverns: 1

10. Alhambra

Alhambra, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,400
Klaverns: 2

There You Have It

When you’re looking at the places in California 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 California with KKK organizations from 1915-1940.
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Detailed List Of The Most Racist Cities In California

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Randsburg 1 128 1
Holtville 2 6,067 1
Taft 3 9,063 1
Pacific Grove 4 15,365 1
El Segundo 5 16,839 1
Selma 6 23,808 1
Burlingame 7 29,618 1
Alameda 8 75,763 2
Calexico 9 39,281 1
Alhambra 10 84,400 2
Watsonville 11 52,085 1
Colton 12 53,129 1
Inglewood 13 111,133 2
Vallejo 14 118,078 2
Tulare 15 60,663 1
Santa Cruz 16 62,045 1
Montebello 17 63,353 1
Visalia 18 126,942 2
Palo Alto 19 65,998 1
Oakland 20 402,339 6
Redondo Beach 21 67,511 1
Pasadena 22 139,065 2
Napa 23 78,511 1
Hawthorne 24 85,889 1
Chico 25 87,517 1
Santa Monica 26 91,619 1
Santa Maria 27 101,468 1
Antioch 28 105,630 1
Richmond 29 106,469 1
San Bernardino 30 213,044 2
Orange 31 138,980 1
Torrance 32 147,181 1
San Francisco 33 829,072 5
Ontario 34 166,892 1
Fresno 35 506,132 3
Glendale 36 195,380 1
Long Beach 37 468,594 2
Anaheim 38 342,973 1
Bakersfield 39 358,700 1
Sacramento 40 476,075 1
San Jose 41 986,320 2
San Diego 42 1,341,510 2
Los Angeles 43 3,862,210 4