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


We measured the places in the Palmetto 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 South 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 South Carolina.

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

  1. Wagener
  2. Jefferson
  3. Langley
  4. Allendale
  5. Darlington (Photos)
  6. Hartsville (Photos)
  7. Bennettsville (Photos)
  8. Aiken (Photos)
  9. Florence (Photos)
  10. Summerville (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in South Carolina.

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How we calculated the most racist cities in South 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 13 cities with at least 1 Klavern in South 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.

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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 15 active Kalverns in South 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.

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1. Wagener


Population 2014: 696
Klaverns: 1

2. Jefferson


Population 2014: 959
Klaverns: 1

3. Langley


Population 2014: 1,118
Klaverns: 1

4. Allendale

Allendale, South Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,328
Klaverns: 1

5. Darlington

Darlington, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,232
Klaverns: 1

6. Hartsville

Hartsville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,857
Klaverns: 1

7. Bennettsville

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,928
Klaverns: 1

8. Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,980
Klaverns: 2

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9. Florence

Florence, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 37,512
Klaverns: 1

10. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,717
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Wagener 1 696 1
Jefferson 2 959 1
Langley 3 1,118 1
Allendale 4 3,328 1
Darlington 5 6,232 1
Hartsville 6 7,857 1
Bennettsville 7 8,928 1
Aiken 8 29,980 2
Florence 9 37,512 1
Summerville 10 44,717 1
Greenville 11 60,670 1
Columbia 12 131,331 2
Charleston 13 125,458 1

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