the State of Hate, in the US

This 2nd Annual State of Hate analysis has uncovered a few noteworthy trends.  Firstly, from 2013 to 2015, an increase in hate crime rate was observed in only 3 states, which also means 47 states experienced a decline. Over the same time period, the average percent change in hate crime rate was -134%, which suggests a dramatic reduction in hate crimes in the US.  Lastly, in an analysis of the most hateful locations, only one place of higher education made the list, the North Carolina School of the Arts.


Hate by State

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released hate crime statistics for 2015 just a few weeks ago, Nov 14, 2016.  The data represent the most comprehensive hate crime statistics in the world and allow the public a glimpse at trends in the world of hate.  Hate crimes catalogued by the FBI are those offenses motivated by victim religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

Using data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report (2015) the below figure shows the hate crime rate by state. Comparing hate crime rates by state from 2013 and 2015 we see that North Dakota moved up one spot from 2nd to 1st, displacing the 2013 Champ, D.C, to 2nd in 2015.

Massachusetts remains the third most hateful state followed by a top 10 newcomer, Montana.  Ohio moved up 4 places from 9th to 5th in 2015.  Kentucky is holding steady as the 6th most hateful state, while Arizona displaces CT as the 7th most hateful state.  In 2015, Tennessee moved up 2 places to 8th, while Washington slipped a few places to 9th.  Mississippi rounds out the top 10 most hateful US states.

The Top 10 Most Hateful States

  1. North Dakota
  2. District of Columbia  
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Montana
  5. Ohio
  6. Kentucky
  7. Arizona
  8. Tennessee
  9. Washington
  10. Mississippi               


States by Hate


Now, a graphical representation of the states, by hate.

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the Most Hateful Cities

Following the most hateful states, we can now see the 30 most hateful cities in the U.S.



Hate Crimes in Cities Larger than 100,000 citizens

The following figure ranks cities with 100,000 citizens or more by hate crime rate.


Change in Hate Crimes, 2013 to 2015

Although hate crimes are intolerable, the data shown below reflect an encouraging trend.  As can be seen, in 47 of 50 states there was a decline in the hate crime rate.  The most pronounced reductions were observed in AK, CA and IA.  Mississippi, WY and AL were the only three states that saw an increase in hate crimes between 2013 and 2015.


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.

Hate Trends