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


We measured the places in the Old Dominion 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 Virginia?

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 Virginia.

The result is the following list of the most racist cities in the Old Dominion:

  1. Melfa
  2. Parrott
  3. Pocahontas
  4. Occoquan
  5. Cape Charles
  6. Warsaw
  7. Gretna
  8. Lawrenceville
  9. Appalachia
  10. Elkton

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 Virginia.

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How we calculated the most racist cities in Virginia

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 37 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Virginia 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.

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The number of active members of the KKK is much smaller these days.

At the Klan’s height, there were 41 active Kalverns in Virginia.

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. Melfa


Population 2014: 411
Klaverns: 1

2. Parrott


Population 2014: 508
Klaverns: 1

3. Pocahontas


Population 2014: 626
Klaverns: 1

4. Occoquan


Population 2014: 861
Klaverns: 1

5. Cape Charles


Population 2014: 926
Klaverns: 1

6. Warsaw


Population 2014: 1,229
Klaverns: 1

7. Gretna


Population 2014: 1,315
Klaverns: 1

8. Lawrenceville


Population 2014: 1,404
Klaverns: 1

9. Appalachia


Population 2014: 1,732
Klaverns: 1

10. Elkton

Elkton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,770
Klaverns: 1

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Melfa 1 411 1
Parrott 2 508 1
Pocahontas 3 626 1
Occoquan 4 861 1
Cape Charles 5 926 1
Warsaw 6 1,229 1
Gretna 7 1,315 1
Lawrenceville 8 1,404 1
Appalachia 9 1,732 1
Elkton 10 2,770 1
Crewe 11 2,875 1
Tazewell 12 4,568 1
King George 13 4,971 1
Bluefield 14 5,375 1
Covington 15 5,853 1
Purcellville 16 8,350 1
Warrenton 17 9,774 1
Culpeper 18 16,968 1
Bristol 19 17,595 1
Christiansburg 20 21,427 1
Hopewell 21 22,375 1
Staunton 22 24,132 1
Fredericksburg 23 26,632 1
Winchester 24 27,031 1
Petersburg 25 32,439 1
Danville 26 42,704 1
Harrisonburg 27 50,821 1
Richmond 28 211,063 3
Lynchburg 29 77,626 1
Suffolk 30 85,477 1
Portsmouth 31 96,007 1
Roanoke 32 97,949 1
Arlington 33 220,173 2
Norfolk 34 244,745 2
Alexandria 35 146,422 1
Newport News 36 181,362 1
Virginia Beach 37 445,623 1

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