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


We measured the places in the Cornhusker 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 Nebraska?

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 Nebraska.

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

  1. Ulysses
  2. Litchfield
  3. Edgar
  4. Hay Springs
  5. Trenton
  6. Benkelman
  7. Wood River
  8. Central City
  9. Minden
  10. Fairbury

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Nebraska

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 18 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Nebraska 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 18 active Kalverns in Nebraska.

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. Ulysses


Population: 211
Klaverns: 1

2. Litchfield


Population: 288
Klaverns: 1

3. Edgar


Population: 482
Klaverns: 1

4. Hay Springs


Population: 555
Klaverns: 1

5. Trenton


Population: 610
Klaverns: 1

6. Benkelman


Population: 974
Klaverns: 1

7. Wood River


Population: 1,429
Klaverns: 1

8. Central City

Central City, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,897
Klaverns: 1

9. Minden

Minden, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,103
Klaverns: 1

10. Fairbury

Fairbury, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,902
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Ulysses 1 211 1
Litchfield 2 288 1
Edgar 3 482 1
Hay Springs 4 555 1
Trenton 5 610 1
Benkelman 6 974 1
Wood River 7 1,429 1
Central City 8 2,897 1
Minden 9 3,103 1
Fairbury 10 3,902 1
Chadron 11 5,829 1
Nebraska City 12 7,279 1
Mccook 13 7,670 1
Fremont 14 26,483 1
Kearney 15 31,759 1
Grand Island 16 50,059 1
Lincoln 17 265,811 1
Omaha 18 435,454 1

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