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2018 Hate Crime Statistics

2018 FBI Hate Crime Statistics

FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program serves as the national repository for crime data voluntarily collected and submitted by law enforcement. Its primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. The 2018 hate crimes data, submitted by 16,039 law enforcement agencies, provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes. Of these agencies who submitted incident reports, there were 7,120 hate crime incidents involving 8,496 offenses.

Below are some highlights from the data. The full report can be viewed here:

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

  • 7,036 single-bias incidents involved 8,646 victims
  • 84 multiple-bias hate crime incidents, which involved 173 victims

Bias Motivation Categories for Victims
of Single-bias Incidents in 2018

Bias motivation categories for single-bias incidents in 2018

Bias Motivation Categories for Victims of Single-bias Incidents in 2018

Total Number of Single-bias Incidents

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Offenses by Crime Category Known Offenders Location Type

Among the 8,496 hate crime offenses reported:

  • Crimes against persons: 65.5%
  • Crimes against property: 31.1%
  • Crimes against society: 3.4%

Of the 6,266 known offenders:

  • 53.6% were White
  • 24.0% were Black or African American
  • 12.9% race unknown

Other races accounted for the remaining known offenders.

Of the 5,349 known offenders for whom ethnicity was reported:

  • 29.9% were Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 8.9% were Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.6% were in a group of multiple ethnicities
  • 59.5% ethnicity unknown

Of the 5,589 known offenders for whom ages were known:

  • 84.7% were 18 years of age or older

Law enforcement agencies may specify the location of an offense within a hate crime incident as 1 of 46 location designations.

  • Most hate crime incidents, 25.7%, occurred in or near residences/homes
  • 18.7% occurred on highways / roads / alleys / streets / sidewalks
  • 9.2% occurred at schools/colleges
  • 5.3% happened in parking/drop lots/garages
  • 3.7% took place in churches / synagogues / temples / mosques
  • The location was reported as other/unknown of 11.2% of hate crime incidents

The remaining 26.1% of hate crime incidents took place at other or multiple locations.

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Bias Motivation Categories for Victims of Single-bias Incidents in 2018: This is a pie chart showing the percentage of bias motivation categories for victims of single-bias incidents in 2018. They are as follows:

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry/Bias 59.6%
Religious 18.7%
Sexual Orientation 16.7%
Gender Identity 2.2%
Disability 2.1%
Gender 0.7%

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Single-bias Incident Bias Motivations by Category: Total number of single-bias incidents in 2017: 7,106, in 2018: 7,036. This is a bar chart comparing the 2017 and 2018 data for bias motivation categories for single bias incidents. They are as follows:

Bias Motivation Categories 2017 2018
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry/Bias 4,131 4,047
Religious 1,564 1,419
Sexual Orientation 1,130 1,196
Gender Identity 119 168
Disability 116 159
Gender 46 47
Total 7,106 7,036

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Updated May 13, 2023