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

We measured the places in the Beaver 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 Oregon?

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 Oregon.

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

  1. Powers
  2. Scio
  3. Riddle
  4. Mill City
  5. Tillamook (Photos)
  6. Astoria (Photos)
  7. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  8. La Grande (Photos)
  9. The Dalles (Photos)
  10. Pendleton (Photos)

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

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


How we calculated the most racist cities in Oregon

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 17 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Oregon 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 Oregon.

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. Powers

Population: 862
Klaverns: 1

2. Scio

Population: 901
Klaverns: 1

3. Riddle

Population: 1,128
Klaverns: 1

4. Mill City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,665
Klaverns: 1

5. Tillamook

Tillamook, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,957
Klaverns: 1

6. Astoria

Astoria, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,503
Klaverns: 1

7. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,772
Klaverns: 1

8. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,090
Klaverns: 1

9. The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,068
Klaverns: 1

10. Pendleton

Pendleton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,830
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Powers 1 862 1
Scio 2 901 1
Riddle 3 1,128 1
Mill City 4 1,665 1
Tillamook 5 4,957 1
Astoria 6 9,503 1
Cottage Grove 7 9,772 1
La Grande 8 13,090 1
The Dalles 9 15,068 1
Pendleton 10 16,830 1
Sherwood 11 18,687 1
Ashland 12 20,412 1
Roseburg 13 21,858 1
Newberg 14 22,451 1
Grants Pass 15 34,916 1
Eugene 16 158,131 1
Portland 17 602,568 2