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

We measured the places in the Sunshine 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 Florida?

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 Florida.

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

  1. Callahan
  2. Cross City (Photos)
  3. Arcadia (Photos)
  4. Green Cove Springs (Photos)
  5. Avon Park (Photos)
  6. Deland (Photos)
  7. Sebring (Photos)
  8. Palatka (Photos)
  9. Palmetto
  10. St. Augustine (Photos)

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

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


How we calculated the most racist cities in Florida

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 34 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Florida 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 43 active Kalverns in Florida.

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. Callahan

Population: 1,187
Klaverns: 1

2. Cross City

Cross City, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,159
Klaverns: 1

3. Arcadia

Arcadia, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,647
Klaverns: 2

4. Green Cove Springs

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,984
Klaverns: 1

5. Avon Park

Avon Park, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,874
Klaverns: 1

6. Deland

Deland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,872
Klaverns: 3

7. Sebring

Sebring, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,356
Klaverns: 1

8. Palatka

Palatka, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,464
Klaverns: 1

9. Palmetto

Population: 12,856
Klaverns: 1

10. St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,440
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Callahan 1 1,187 1
Cross City 2 2,159 1
Arcadia 3 7,647 2
Green Cove Springs 4 6,984 1
Avon Park 5 8,874 1
Deland 6 27,872 3
Sebring 7 10,356 1
Palatka 8 10,464 1
Palmetto 9 12,856 1
St. Augustine 10 13,440 1
Punta Gorda 11 16,984 1
Cocoa 12 17,261 1
Plant City 13 35,866 2
Eustis 14 18,920 1
Key West 15 25,187 1
West Palm Beach 16 102,283 3
Winter Haven 17 35,070 1
Lake Worth 18 35,903 1
Fort Pierce 19 42,744 1
Titusville 20 44,032 1
Bradenton 21 50,777 1
Pensacola 22 52,505 1
Sarasota 23 52,986 1
Sanford 24 55,296 1
Port Orange 25 57,218 1
Jupiter 26 57,625 1
Fort Myers 27 66,167 1
Lakeland 28 99,942 1
Gainesville 29 126,465 1
Tampa 30 348,934 2
Miami 31 416,432 2
St. Petersburg 32 248,429 1
Orlando 33 250,224 1
Jacksonville 34 837,533 2