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


We measured the places in the Lone Star 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 Texas?

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 Texas.

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

  1. Bedias
  2. Blackwell
  3. Iredell
  4. Bayside
  5. Damon
  6. Gustine
  7. Winters
  8. Como
  9. Joaquin
  10. Throckmorton

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

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

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Texas

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 135 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Texas 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 148 active Kalverns in Texas.

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. Bedias


Population: 315
Klaverns: 1

2. Blackwell


Population: 366
Klaverns: 1

3. Iredell


Population: 368
Klaverns: 1

4. Bayside


Population: 419
Klaverns: 1

5. Damon


Population: 477
Klaverns: 1

6. Gustine


Population: 490
Klaverns: 1

7. Winters


Population: 2,532
Klaverns: 4

8. Como


Population: 667
Klaverns: 1

9. Joaquin


Population: 781
Klaverns: 1

10. Throckmorton


Population: 796
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Bedias 1 315 1
Blackwell 2 366 1
Iredell 3 368 1
Bayside 4 419 1
Damon 5 477 1
Gustine 6 490 1
Winters 7 2,532 4
Como 8 667 1
Joaquin 9 781 1
Throckmorton 10 796 1
Celeste 11 845 1
Bremond 12 954 1
Deweyville 13 1,091 1
Hemphill 14 1,248 1
Cross Plains 15 1,360 1
Rosebud 16 1,377 1
Edgewood 17 1,434 1
Timpson 18 1,462 1
Groveton 19 1,575 1
Sour Lake 20 1,598 1
Meridian 21 1,692 1
Wolfe City 22 1,795 1
Italy 23 1,888 1
Honey Grove 24 1,991 1
Memphis 25 2,069 1
Anson 26 2,069 1
Merkel 27 2,601 1
Electra 28 2,764 1
Shepherd 29 3,006 1
Grand Saline 30 3,109 1
Bishop 31 3,162 1
Farmersville 32 3,393 1
Wills Point 33 3,527 1
Teague 34 3,551 1
Eagle Lake 35 3,611 1
Dublin 36 3,658 1
Smithville 37 3,890 1
Eastland 38 3,919 1
Bellville 39 4,142 1
Jacksboro 40 4,481 1
Mineola 41 4,514 1
Brookshire 42 4,804 1
Mathis 43 4,971 1
Mcgregor 44 5,041 1
Bowie 45 5,195 1
Center 46 5,239 1
Rockdale 47 5,506 1
Yoakum 48 5,540 1
Luling 49 5,569 1
Rusk 50 5,573 1
Sinton 51 5,678 1
Marlin 52 5,867 1
Manor 53 5,936 1
Alpine 54 6,026 1
Willis 55 6,052 1
Slaton 56 6,100 1
Sealy 57 6,181 1
Silsbee 58 6,676 1
Crockett 59 6,702 1
Cuero 60 6,979 1
Gonzales 61 7,317 1
Dayton 62 7,350 1
Bastrop 63 7,469 1
Mexia 64 7,502 1
Cleveland 65 7,684 1
Jasper 66 7,688 1
Dalhart 67 8,150 1
Elgin 68 8,224 1
Aransas Pass 69 8,287 1
Commerce 70 8,348 1
Bonham 71 10,059 1
Sweetwater 72 10,809 1
Vernon 73 11,005 1
Robstown 74 11,599 1
Richmond 75 11,769 1
Freeport 76 12,108 1
Port Lavaca 77 12,289 1
Lockhart 78 12,966 1
Beeville 79 13,102 1
Henderson 80 13,723 1
Canyon 81 13,882 1
Taylor 82 16,001 1
Gainesville 83 16,040 1
Uvalde 84 16,094 1
Terrell 85 16,146 1
Mercedes 86 16,271 1
Mineral Wells 87 16,593 1
Palestine 88 18,611 1
Ennis 89 18,674 1
Orange 90 18,810 1
Angleton 91 19,034 1
Brownwood 92 19,107 1
Belton 93 19,292 1
Alice 94 19,358 1
Plainview 95 21,952 1
Denison 96 22,745 1
Corsicana 97 23,968 1
San Benito 98 24,447 1
Alvin 99 24,938 1
Paris 100 25,023 1

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