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


We measured the places in the Sunflower 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 Kansas?

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 Kansas.

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

  1. Bunker Hill
  2. Hamilton
  3. Dexter
  4. Greenleaf
  5. Linwood
  6. Miltonvale
  7. Florence
  8. Little River
  9. Onaga
  10. Udall

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Kansas.

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Kansas

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 55 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Kansas 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 59 active Kalverns in Kansas.

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. Bunker Hill


Population 2014: 104
Klaverns: 1

2. Hamilton


Population 2014: 246
Klaverns: 2

3. Dexter


Population 2014: 347
Klaverns: 1

4. Greenleaf


Population 2014: 378
Klaverns: 1

5. Linwood


Population 2014: 381
Klaverns: 1

6. Miltonvale


Population 2014: 490
Klaverns: 1

7. Florence


Population 2014: 511
Klaverns: 1

8. Little River


Population 2014: 564
Klaverns: 1

9. Onaga


Population 2014: 764
Klaverns: 1

10. Udall


Population 2014: 803
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Bunker Hill 1 104 1
Hamilton 2 246 2
Dexter 3 347 1
Greenleaf 4 378 1
Linwood 5 381 1
Miltonvale 6 490 1
Florence 7 511 1
Little River 8 564 1
Onaga 9 764 1
Udall 10 803 1
Rossville 11 1,015 1
Overbrook 12 1,056 1
Stafford 13 1,092 1
Elwood 14 1,116 1
Kiowa 15 1,117 1
Valley Falls 16 1,149 1
Oxford 17 1,178 1
Wathena 18 1,281 1
Oskaloosa 19 1,292 1
Conway Springs 20 1,539 1
Douglass 21 2,089 1
Cherryvale 22 2,116 1
Caney 23 2,117 1
Medicine Lodge 24 2,132 1
Council Grove 25 2,200 1
Neodesha 26 2,229 1
Sterling 27 2,333 1
Hoisington 28 2,687 1
Osage City 29 2,910 1
Hiawatha 30 3,144 1
Columbus 31 3,244 1
Bonner Springs 32 7,420 2
Osawatomie 33 4,403 1
Independence 34 9,282 2
Tonganoxie 35 4,802 1
Winfield 36 12,324 2
Abilene 37 6,729 1
Chanute 38 9,194 1
Augusta 39 9,239 1
Coffeyville 40 10,034 1
Parsons 41 10,307 1
Atchison 42 10,920 1
Arkansas City 43 12,316 1
Ottawa 44 12,548 1
El Dorado 45 12,931 1
Great Bend 46 15,942 1
Newton 47 19,144 1
Pittsburg 48 20,336 1
Leavenworth 49 35,738 1
Hutchinson 50 41,946 1
Salina 51 47,894 1
Shawnee 52 63,597 1
Topeka 53 127,660 1
Kansas City 54 147,598 1
Wichita 55 385,518 1

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