2022 FBI Hate Crimes Statistics
In October 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released the 2022 Hate Crimes Statistics report, which compiles data on bias-motivated offenses reported by law enforcement agencies across the United States.
This report focuses on crimes driven by biases based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity. It also highlights the ongoing issue of hate crimes affecting communities nationwide.
Key Findings and Trends
- Increase in Hate Crimes: The data reveals that hate crime incidents increased by 794 in 2022. There were 11,634 cases, compared to 10,840 in 2021.
- Race-Based Crimes: Hate crimes rooted in race, ethnicity or ancestry remain the most common. There were 6,557 reported incidents in 2022. Anti-Black or African American incidents —numbering 3,421 — were more than three times higher than the next highest racial or ethnic category.
- Religion-Based Crimes: There were 2,042 reported incidents based on religion. More than half of these (1,122) were driven by anti-Jewish bias. Incidents involving anti-Muslim (158) and anti-Sikh (181) sentiments remained at similar levels compared to 2021.
- LGBTQI+ Targeted Crimes: Incidents targeting gay men reached 1,075, while anti-lesbian incidents numbered 622. Both categories recorded their highest totals in the past five years and increased by more than 10% since 2021. A significant increase of nearly 40% was observed in reported anti-transgender incidents (totaling 338) compared to 2021.
The Importance of Reporting Hate Crimes
Reporting suspected hate crimes is vital to support victims and send a clear message that such actions are unacceptable. Law enforcement can also use this information to prevent future incidents.
If you believe you have been the victim of a hate crime, learn how to report it.
How CRS Can Help
The Community Relations Service (CRS) offers services to help communities recover from hate crimes and improve their ability to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts.
- Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes Forum: This forum is tailored for communities recently affected by a hate crime. It facilitates discussions between various stakeholders on effective response strategies.
- Protecting Places of Worship Forum: This initiative assists communities in safeguarding their places of worship against potential threats.
- Engaging and Building Partnerships with Muslim Americans and Engaging and Building Partnerships with Sikh Americans and Engaging and Building Relationships with Transgender Communities: CRS offers training to enhance police officers’ understanding and engagement with Muslim, Sikh and transgender communities.