These Are The 10 Cities In New York With The Most KKK Members


We measured the places in the Empire 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 New York?

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 New York.

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

  1. Greigsville
  2. Mannsville
  3. Delanson
  4. Millport
  5. Fair Haven
  6. Salem
  7. Hancock
  8. Newark Valley
  9. Chatham
  10. Deposit

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how Greigsville end up as the most racist place in New York.

Or check out the most ghetto cities and the most dangerous cities in New York.

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How we calculated the most racist cities in New York

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 61 cities with at least 1 Klavern in New York 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 74 active Kalverns in New York.

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. Greigsville


Population: 239
Klaverns: 1

2. Mannsville


Population: 332
Klaverns: 1

3. Delanson


Population: 367
Klaverns: 1

4. Millport


Population: 398
Klaverns: 1

5. Fair Haven


Population: 746
Klaverns: 1

6. Salem


Population: 833
Klaverns: 1

7. Hancock


Population: 950
Klaverns: 1

8. Newark Valley


Population: 1,093
Klaverns: 1

9. Chatham


Population: 1,490
Klaverns: 1

10. Deposit


Population: 1,815
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Greigsville 1 239 1
Mannsville 2 332 1
Delanson 3 367 1
Millport 4 398 1
Fair Haven 5 746 1
Salem 6 833 1
Hancock 7 950 1
Newark Valley 8 1,093 1
Chatham 9 1,490 1
Deposit 10 1,815 1
Carthage 11 3,689 2
Canisteo 12 2,304 1
Falconer 13 2,594 1
Clarence 14 2,811 1
Ilion 15 7,968 2
Hamilton 16 4,070 1
Bath 17 5,747 1
Seneca Falls 18 6,533 1
Oyster Bay 19 6,548 1
Oneonta 20 13,906 2
Beacon 21 14,437 2
Northport 22 7,417 1
Port Jefferson 23 7,789 1
Roosevelt 24 16,554 2
Monroe 25 8,493 1
Hornell 26 8,508 1
Amityville 27 9,551 1
Potsdam 28 9,577 1
Ogdensburg 29 11,029 1
Corning 30 11,108 1
Fulton 31 11,786 1
Patchogue 32 12,045 1
Haverstraw 33 12,060 1
Smithtown 34 26,408 2
Endicott 35 13,216 1
Auburn 36 27,369 2
Glens Falls 37 14,574 1
Johnson City 38 14,977 1
Pearl River 39 15,901 1
Oswego 40 18,119 1
Huntington 41 18,378 1
Cortland 42 19,218 1
Lockport 43 20,957 1
Peekskill 44 23,875 1
Watertown 45 27,590 1
Middletown 46 27,904 1
Newburgh 47 28,614 1
Elmira 48 29,046 1
Port Chester 49 29,275 1
Poughkeepsie 50 30,716 1
Schenectady 51 66,055 2
Valley Stream 52 37,764 1
Binghamton 53 46,771 1
Niagara Falls 54 49,679 1
Rochester 55 210,461 4
Hempstead 56 54,801 1
New Rochelle 57 78,476 1
Buffalo 58 259,959 3
Albany 59 98,287 1
Syracuse 60 144,648 1
Yonkers 61 198,654 1

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