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


We measured the places in the Hoosier 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 Indiana?

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 Indiana.

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

  1. San Pierre
  2. Modoc
  3. West Point
  4. Monroe
  5. Roanoke
  6. Fountain City
  7. Bainbridge
  8. Hartford City (Photos)
  9. Odon
  10. Cambridge City

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how San Pierre end up as the most racist place in Indiana.

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Indiana

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 51 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Indiana 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 64 active Kalverns in Indiana.

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.

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1. San Pierre


Population: 90
Klaverns: 1

2. Modoc


Population: 261
Klaverns: 1

3. West Point


Population: 655
Klaverns: 1

4. Monroe


Population: 717
Klaverns: 1

5. Roanoke


Population: 1,605
Klaverns: 2

6. Fountain City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 815
Klaverns: 1

7. Bainbridge


Population: 885
Klaverns: 1

8. Hartford City

Hartford City, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,166
Klaverns: 4

9. Odon


Population: 1,565
Klaverns: 1

10. Cambridge City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,871
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
San Pierre 1 90 1
Modoc 2 261 1
West Point 3 655 1
Monroe 4 717 1
Roanoke 5 1,605 2
Fountain City 6 815 1
Bainbridge 7 885 1
Hartford City 8 6,166 4
Odon 9 1,565 1
Cambridge City 10 1,871 1
Rockport 11 2,279 1
Rockville 12 2,587 1
Winamac 13 2,627 1
Delphi 14 2,787 1
Fortville 15 4,055 1
Sullivan 16 4,203 1
Clinton 17 4,821 1
Plymouth 18 10,048 2
Tipton 19 5,288 1
Gas City 20 6,093 1
Rochester 21 6,151 1
Portland 22 6,408 1
Elwood 23 8,569 1
Logansport 24 17,933 2
Bluffton 25 9,621 1
Kendallville 26 9,847 1
Wabash 27 10,534 1
Peru 28 11,199 1
Connersville 29 13,267 1
Bedford 30 13,384 1
Chesterton 31 13,894 1
Crown Point 32 28,259 2
Marion 33 29,403 2
Lebanon 34 15,688 1
Frankfort 35 16,488 1
New Castle 36 17,859 1
Kokomo 37 56,958 2
Michigan City 38 31,369 1
Richmond 39 36,527 1
Columbus 40 45,522 1
Jeffersonville 41 45,869 1
Mishawaka 42 48,120 1
South Bend 43 100,422 2
Anderson 44 55,789 1
Noblesville 45 56,576 1
Terre Haute 46 61,040 1
Lafayette 47 69,982 1
Muncie 48 70,035 1
Hammond 49 79,585 1
Evansville 50 120,220 1
Indianapolis 51 835,097 4

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