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2021 Hate Crime Statistics

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FBI Releases 2021 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 2021 hate crimes data*, submitted by 14,859 law enforcement agencies, provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes. Of these agencies who submitted incident reports, there were 10,840 hate crime incidents involving 12,411 offenses.

*This is the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021. In response to this low participation rate, the FBI reopened their 2021 hate crime data collection, allowing law enforcement agencies who had not yet transitioned to NIBRS to submit data using the retired Summary Reporting System (SRS). The statistics below include hate crime data submitted through both NIBRS and SRS for 2021. Complete NIBRS hate crime data, and SRS supplemental data, are available on the FBI Crime Data Explorer (linked below).


Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

  • 10,530 single-bias incidents involved 12,822 victims
  • In 310 incidents, a total of 411 victims were targeted because of more than one bias

Bias Motivation Categories for Victims of Single-bias Incidents in 2021

A pie chart showing bias motivation categories for victims of single-bias incidents in 2021

Single-bias Incident Bias Motivations by Category in 2021

A bar chart showing single-bias incident bias motivations by category in 2021.

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Offenses by Crime Category Known Offenders Location Type

Among the 12,411 hate crime offenses reported:

  • Crimes against persons: 67.1%
  • Crimes against property: 30.8%
  • Crimes against society: 2.2%

Of the 9,606 known offenders:

  • 52.3% were White
  • 21.7% were Black or African American
  • 16.3% race unknown

Other races accounted for the remaining known offenders.

Of the 7,150 known offenders for whom ethnicity was reported:

  • 11.4% were Hispanic or Latino
  • 7.8% were in a group of multiple ethnicities
  • 32.1% ethnicity unknown

Of the 8,237 known offenders for whom ages were known:

  • 84.3% 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, 28.4%, occurred in or near residences/homes
  • 17.4% occurred on highways/roads/alleys/streets/ sidewalks
  • 7.2% occurred at schools/colleges
  • 6.2% happened in parking/drop lots/garages
  • 3.1% took place in restaurants
  • 3.0% took place in churches/synagogues/temples/mosques
  • 2.7% occurred at parks/playgrounds
  • The location was reported as other/unknown of 9.7% of hate crime incidents

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer


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The FBI's Crime Data Explorer (CDE) aims to provide transparency, create easier access, and expand awareness of criminal, and noncriminal, law enforcement data sharing; improve accountability for law enforcement; and provide a foundation to help shape public policy with the result of a safer nation. Use the CDE to discover available data through visualizations, download data in .csv format, and other large data files. The CDE also features hate crime statistics (see the "read more" link below).


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Visit the 2020 and 2019 Hate Crime Statistics pages to view FBI hate crimes data for 2020 and 2019.

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Bias Motivation Categories for Victims of Single-bias Incidents in 2021: This is a pie chart showing the percentage of bias motivation categories for victims of single-bias incidents in 2021. They are as follows:

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 64.5%
Sexual Orientation 15.9%
Religion 14.1%
Gender Identity 3.2%
Disability 1.4%
Gender 1.0%

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Single-bias Incident Bias Motivations by Category: This is a bar chart showing the 2021 data for bias motivation categories for single bias incidents. They are as follows:

Bias Motivation Categories 2021
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 6,643
Sexual Orientation 1,707
Religion 1,590
Gender Identity 342
Disability 152
Gender 96
Total 10,530

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Updated October 30, 2023