These Are The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Most KKK Members

We measured the places in the Tar Heel 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 North Carolina?

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 North Carolina.

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

  1. Atkinson
  2. Calypso
  3. Kenansville
  4. Hertford (Photos)
  5. Spencer
  6. Wallace
  7. Forest City (Photos)
  8. Dunn (Photos)
  9. Henderson
  10. Lexington (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how Atkinson end up as the most racist place in North Carolina.

Or check out the most ghetto cities and the most dangerous cities in North Carolina.


How we calculated the most racist cities in North Carolina

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 22 cities with at least 1 Klavern in North Carolina 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 23 active Kalverns in North Carolina.

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.


1. Atkinson

Population: 319
Klaverns: 1

2. Calypso

Population: 538
Klaverns: 1

3. Kenansville

Population: 1,022
Klaverns: 1

4. Hertford

Hertford, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,353
Klaverns: 1

5. Spencer

Population: 3,267
Klaverns: 1

6. Wallace

Population: 3,953
Klaverns: 1

7. Forest City

Forest City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,387
Klaverns: 1

8. Dunn

Dunn, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,570
Klaverns: 1

9. Henderson

Henderson, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,325
Klaverns: 1

10. Lexington

Lexington, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,029
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Atkinson 1 319 1
Calypso 2 538 1
Kenansville 3 1,022 1
Hertford 4 2,353 1
Spencer 5 3,267 1
Wallace 6 3,953 1
Forest City 7 7,387 1
Dunn 8 9,570 1
Henderson 9 15,325 1
Lexington 10 19,029 1
Sanford 11 28,798 1
New Bern 12 30,171 1
Salisbury 13 33,524 1
Hickory 14 40,108 1
Wilson 15 49,389 1
Rocky Mount 16 57,071 1
Asheville 17 85,783 1
High Point 18 106,797 1
Wilmington 19 110,100 1
Durham 20 240,107 2
Raleigh 21 423,287 1
Charlotte 22 774,807 1