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


We measured the places in the Sooner 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 Oklahoma?

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 Oklahoma.

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

  1. Shamrock
  2. Elmer
  3. Tuskahoma
  4. Devol
  5. Camargo
  6. Ames
  7. Caney
  8. Kaw City
  9. Bennington
  10. Wakita

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Oklahoma

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 96 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Oklahoma 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 97 active Kalverns in Oklahoma.

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. Shamrock


Population: 51
Klaverns: 1

2. Elmer


Population: 111
Klaverns: 1

3. Tuskahoma


Population: 138
Klaverns: 1

4. Devol


Population: 154
Klaverns: 1

5. Camargo


Population: 204
Klaverns: 1

6. Ames


Population: 254
Klaverns: 1

7. Caney


Population: 258
Klaverns: 1

8. Kaw City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 277
Klaverns: 1

9. Bennington


Population: 285
Klaverns: 1

10. Wakita


Population: 335
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Shamrock 1 51 1
Elmer 2 111 1
Tuskahoma 3 138 1
Devol 4 154 1
Camargo 5 204 1
Ames 6 254 1
Caney 7 258 1
Kaw City 8 277 1
Bennington 9 285 1
Wakita 10 335 1
Avant 11 369 1
Wapanucka 12 389 1
Shidler 13 402 1
Chattanooga 14 422 1
Wynona 15 431 1
Mccurtain 16 450 1
Billings 17 487 1
Ramona 18 503 1
Kiowa 19 536 1
Binger 20 606 1
Haileyville 21 698 1
Garber 22 720 1
Boswell 23 729 1
Roff 24 809 1
Ringling 25 960 1
Allen 26 990 1
Weleetka 27 997 1
Quinton 28 1,027 1
Beggs 29 1,127 1
Yale 30 1,169 1
Oilton 31 1,188 1
Caddo 32 1,203 1
Temple 33 1,208 1
Locust Grove 34 1,307 1
Minco 35 1,423 1
Cherokee 36 1,557 1
Morris 37 1,606 1
Wilson 38 1,611 1
Comanche 39 1,655 1
Chelsea 40 1,892 1
Kiefer 41 2,005 1
Carnegie 42 2,021 1
Hollis 43 2,110 1
Pawnee 44 2,247 1
Newkirk 45 2,297 1
Antlers 46 2,437 1
Spiro 47 2,502 1
Hennessey 48 2,508 1
Healdton 49 2,779 1
Drumright 50 2,926 1
Mangum 51 2,947 1
Watonga 52 2,993 1
Atoka 53 3,093 1
Tonkawa 54 3,144 1
Cleveland 55 3,238 1
Checotah 56 3,343 1
Muldrow 57 3,375 1
Heavener 58 3,397 1
Dewey 59 3,476 1
Pawhuska 60 3,679 1
Hobart 61 3,729 1
Nowata 62 3,734 1
Sulphur 63 4,996 1
Perry 64 5,087 1
Hugo 65 5,294 1
Vinita 66 5,637 1
Henryetta 67 5,848 1
Grove 68 6,658 1
Anadarko 69 6,786 1
Blackwell 70 6,957 1
Idabel 71 7,015 1
Seminole 72 7,493 1
Skiatook 73 7,571 1
Cushing 74 7,870 1
Wagoner 75 8,499 1
Poteau 76 8,563 1
El Reno 77 17,515 2
Coweta 78 9,483 1
Guthrie 79 10,668 1
Elk City 80 12,198 1
Okmulgee 81 12,398 1
Chickasha 82 16,195 1
Durant 83 16,507 1
Ada 84 17,061 1
Jenks 85 18,312 1
Mcalester 86 18,354 1
Claremore 87 18,849 1
Ponca City 88 24,951 1
Bartlesville 89 36,193 1
Muskogee 90 38,937 1
Stillwater 91 46,851 1
Enid 92 50,232 1
Lawton 93 97,788 1
Broken Arrow 94 101,917 1
Tulsa 95 395,599 1
Oklahoma City 96 600,729 1

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