Hate Crimes in the US

Recent events have highlighted current racial tensions in the US.  The following figures present a brief analysis of hate crimes in the US.  Quickly, we see that hate crimes are lowest in the Southern states, that hate crimes are near 2-decade lows and that most college campuses are free of hate crimes.


Hate by state

Using data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013) the below figure shows that hate crimes are much lower in the Southern states.  Looking at the top 10 states, we see that Kentucky and Tennessee are the only Southern states represented.  

The Top 10 'Hate Crime States'    

  1. District of Columbia
  2. North Dakota    
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Washington
  5. New Jersey
  6. Kentucky
  7. Connecticut
  8. Michigan
  9. Ohio
  10. Tennessee                 
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Hate Crimes Over Time

Again using data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report the below figure shows that hate crimes are at or near the lowest rates over the previous 19 years.  In 2013, the last year for which data are available, anti-black hate crimes numbered just 51 crimes greater than the 2-decade low of 1,805.  Not surprisingly we see that anti-Islamic hate crimes are an exception to this trend since 2001.  Prior to Sept 11, hate crimes against Islamic persons numbered approximately 30 per year.  



Hate Crimes At College

Using data from the Office of Post-secondary Education, the below figure shows the 30 public colleges with the most reported hate crime incidents reported during the 2014 school year (highlighted in dark blue).  The figure also shows the hate crime rates at the two main University of Missouri Campuses (light blue).  As can be seen, the University of Missouri hate crime rates are far above the national average of just 0.4 hate crimes per year.

It is important to note that of the more than 11,229 colleges that were surveyed, only 865 reported hate crime incidents or 7.7% of college campuses saw one or more hate crime reports.



Note: The college crime statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities and/or local law enforcement agencies.