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


We measured the places in the Keystone 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 Pennsylvania?

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 Pennsylvania.

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

  1. Refton
  2. Lawrence
  3. Commodore
  4. Franklin (Photos)
  5. Elderton
  6. Rowes Run
  7. Herndon
  8. Weissport
  9. Vanderbilt
  10. Dayton

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Pennsylvania

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 101 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Pennsylvania 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 144 active Kalverns in Pennsylvania.

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. Refton


Population: 165
Klaverns: 1

2. Lawrence


Population: 381
Klaverns: 2

3. Commodore


Population: 238
Klaverns: 1

4. Franklin

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 293
Klaverns: 1

5. Elderton


Population: 295
Klaverns: 1

6. Rowes Run


Population: 336
Klaverns: 1

7. Herndon


Population: 359
Klaverns: 1

8. Weissport


Population: 405
Klaverns: 1

9. Vanderbilt


Population: 443
Klaverns: 1

10. Dayton


Population: 464
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Refton 1 165 1
Lawrence 2 381 2
Commodore 3 238 1
Franklin 4 293 1
Elderton 5 295 1
Rowes Run 6 336 1
Herndon 7 359 1
Weissport 8 405 1
Vanderbilt 9 443 1
Dayton 10 464 1
Finleyville 11 467 1
Summerville 12 485 1
Allison 13 564 1
Roscoe 14 706 1
New Florence 15 774 1
Lykens 16 1,631 2
South Fork 17 1,009 1
Dunbar 18 1,083 1
Dalton 19 1,265 1
Tower City 20 1,278 1
Reynoldsville 21 2,746 2
Apollo 22 1,534 1
Homestead 23 3,157 2
Wellsboro 24 3,301 2
Montrose 25 1,694 1
Rochester 26 3,628 2
Dover 27 1,878 1
Everett 28 1,969 1
Kittanning 29 3,977 2
Braddock 30 2,030 1
Leechburg 31 2,137 1
Wrightsville 32 2,356 1
Millersburg 33 2,540 1
Bentleyville 34 2,554 1
West Newton 35 2,599 1
Schnecksville 36 2,614 1
Turtle Creek 37 5,335 2
Nanty-Glo 38 2,675 1
Dallas 39 2,806 1
Towanda 40 2,899 1
Summit Hill 41 3,002 1
Wyoming 42 3,057 1
Sharpsburg 43 3,436 1
Millvale 44 3,740 1
Sewickley 45 3,832 1
Charleroi 46 4,069 1
Windber 47 4,078 1
Slatington 48 4,258 1
Hamburg 49 4,293 1
Bradford 50 8,665 2
Honesdale 51 4,364 1
Mount Pleasant 52 4,431 1
Beaver 53 4,479 1
Northampton 54 9,921 2
Uniontown 55 10,203 2
Titusville 56 5,479 1
Paoli 57 5,616 1
Punxsutawney 58 5,927 1
Franklin 59 6,448 1
Clairton 60 6,752 1
Ambridge 61 6,973 1
Tamaqua 62 6,994 1
Middletown 63 7,529 1
Connellsville 64 7,578 1
Gettysburg 65 7,632 1
Dubois 66 7,718 1
Ellwood City 67 7,743 1
Carnegie 68 7,960 1
Phoenixville 69 16,530 2
Perkasie 70 8,511 1
Collingdale 71 8,778 1
Carbondale 72 8,843 1
Swissvale 73 8,963 1
Bristol 74 9,657 1
Lock Haven 75 9,860 1
Chambersburg 76 20,430 2
Oil City 77 10,383 1
Harrisburg 78 49,297 4
New Kensington 79 12,959 1
Kingston 80 13,105 1
Coatesville 81 13,130 1
Sharon 82 13,845 1
Indiana 83 14,025 1
Pottsville 84 14,136 1
Hanover 85 15,365 1
Wilkinsburg 86 15,894 1
Chester 87 34,007 2
Bethlehem 88 75,050 4
West Chester 89 18,860 1
Mckeesport 90 19,663 1
Johnstown 91 20,576 1
Scranton 92 75,842 3
Williamsport 93 29,377 1
Wilkes-Barre 94 41,202 1
York 95 43,817 1
Reading 96 88,051 2
Altoona 97 45,987 1
Lancaster 98 59,368 1
Pittsburgh 99 306,045 4
Philadelphia 100 1,546,920 18

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