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


We measured the places in the Buckeye 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 Ohio?

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 Ohio.

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

  1. Smithfield
  2. Clinton
  3. Lewisburg
  4. West Alexandria
  5. Middleport (Photos)
  6. Crooksville (Photos)
  7. Minerva (Photos)
  8. Blanchester (Photos)
  9. Bellaire (Photos)
  10. Sebring (Photos)

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Ohio

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 50 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Ohio 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 67 active Kalverns in Ohio.

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. Smithfield


Population: 796
Klaverns: 1

2. Clinton


Population: 1,149
Klaverns: 1

3. Lewisburg


Population: 1,611
Klaverns: 1

4. West Alexandria


Population: 1,799
Klaverns: 1

5. Middleport

Middleport, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,320
Klaverns: 1

6. Crooksville

Crooksville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,463
Klaverns: 1

7. Minerva

Minerva, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,793
Klaverns: 1

8. Blanchester

Blanchester, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,182
Klaverns: 1

9. Bellaire

Bellaire, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,239
Klaverns: 1

10. Sebring

Sebring, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,360
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Smithfield 1 796 1
Clinton 2 1,149 1
Lewisburg 3 1,611 1
West Alexandria 4 1,799 1
Middleport 5 2,320 1
Crooksville 6 2,463 1
Minerva 7 3,793 1
Blanchester 8 4,182 1
Bellaire 9 4,239 1
Sebring 10 4,360 1
East Liverpool 11 11,065 2
Nelsonville 12 5,596 1
Hillsboro 13 6,570 1
Logan 14 7,314 1
Hubbard 15 7,787 1
Orrville 16 8,389 1
London 17 9,924 1
Cambridge 18 10,558 1
Salem 19 12,214 1
Conneaut 20 12,836 1
Fostoria 21 13,003 1
Fremont 22 16,555 1
Niles 23 19,028 1
Norwood 24 19,170 1
Portsmouth 25 20,320 1
Ashland 26 20,421 1
Alliance 27 22,196 1
Mansfield 28 47,150 2
Athens 29 24,151 1
Zanesville 30 25,444 1
Barberton 31 26,375 1
Garfield Heights 32 28,492 1
Springfield 33 60,216 2
Bowling Green 34 31,366 1
Massillon 35 32,224 1
Canton 36 72,668 2
Marion 37 36,791 1
Lima 38 38,432 1
Warren 39 40,925 1
Dayton 40 141,776 3
Newark 41 47,744 1
Middletown 42 48,256 1
Cincinnati 43 297,117 5
Hamilton 44 62,366 1
Lorain 45 63,885 1
Youngstown 46 66,013 1
Toledo 47 283,932 4
Cleveland 48 392,114 4
Akron 49 198,492 1
Columbus 50 811,943 2

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