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


We measured the places in the Show Me 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 Missouri?

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 Missouri.

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

  1. Fortescue
  2. Curryville
  3. Henrietta
  4. Maitland
  5. Parma
  6. Naylor
  7. Liberal
  8. Russellville
  9. Agency
  10. Oregon

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Missouri

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 47 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Missouri 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 Missouri.

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. Fortescue


Population: 8
Klaverns: 1

2. Curryville


Population: 181
Klaverns: 1

3. Henrietta


Population: 352
Klaverns: 1

4. Maitland


Population: 354
Klaverns: 1

5. Parma


Population: 670
Klaverns: 1

6. Naylor


Population: 679
Klaverns: 1

7. Liberal


Population: 744
Klaverns: 1

8. Russellville


Population: 788
Klaverns: 1

9. Agency


Population: 840
Klaverns: 1

10. Oregon


Population: 905
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Fortescue 1 8 1
Curryville 2 181 1
Henrietta 3 352 1
Maitland 4 354 1
Parma 5 670 1
Naylor 6 679 1
Liberal 7 744 1
Russellville 8 788 1
Agency 9 840 1
Oregon 10 905 1
Lilbourn 11 1,055 1
Humansville 12 1,208 1
Mound City 13 1,208 1
Sarcoxie 14 1,224 1
Appleton City 15 1,334 1
Ironton 16 1,513 1
Gower 17 1,598 1
Weston 18 1,735 1
Carterville 19 1,806 1
Slater 20 2,150 1
Holden 21 2,482 1
Windsor 22 2,896 1
Tipton 23 3,290 1
El Dorado Springs 24 3,562 1
Malden 25 4,425 1
Brookfield 26 4,462 1
Eldon 27 4,601 1
Bowling Green 28 5,452 1
Trenton 29 6,058 1
Caruthersville 30 6,086 1
Sullivan 31 7,058 1
Carthage 32 14,281 2
Monett 33 8,935 1
Bolivar 34 10,443 1
Webb City 35 10,985 1
Neosho 36 12,038 1
Marshall 37 13,059 1
Poplar Bluff 38 17,190 1
Kirksville 39 17,578 1
Hannibal 40 17,779 1
Warrensburg 41 19,548 1
Joplin 42 50,900 2
St. Joseph 43 77,040 2
Kansas City 44 465,005 7
Springfield 45 162,333 2
St. Louis 46 318,727 3
Independence 47 117,160 1

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