Hate Crime Statistics

Hate Crime Statistics

2017 Hate Crime Statistics

FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program serves as the national repository for crime data collected by law enforcement. Its primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. Reported yearly, the 2017 data, submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies (up 5.9% from 15,254 agencies in 2016), provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes. Of these agencies, 2,040 reported 7,175 hate crime incidents involving 8,437 offenses.

The table and graphs below provide a high-level overview of some of the data. The full report can be viewed here: https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017.

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

Offenses by Crime Category

  • 7,106 single-bias incidents involved 8,493 victims.
  • The 69 multiple-bias incidents involved 335 victims.

Among the 8,437 hate crime offenses reported:

  • Crimes against persons: 60.3%
  • Crimes against property: 36.9%
  • Crimes against society: 2.8%

Known Offenders

Location Type

Of the 6,370 known offenders:

  • 50.7% were White
  • 21.3% were Black or African American
  • 19.1% race unknown

Other races accounted for the remaining known offenders.

Of the 5,131 known offenders for whom ethnicity was reported:

  • 25.0% were Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 8.8% were Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.6% were in a group of multiple ethnicities
  • 64.5 ethnicity unknown

Of the 4,895 known offenders for whom ages were known:

  • 83.0% 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, 27.5%, occurred in or near residences/homes
  • 17.9% occurred on highways/roads/alleys/streets/sidewalks
  • 10.5% occurred at schools/colleges
  • 5.8% happened in parking/drop lots/garages
  • 4.1% took place in churches/synagogues/templates/mosques
  • The location was reported as other/unknown of 11.5% of hate crime incidents

The remaining 23.7% of hate crime incidents took place at other or multiple locations.

Single Bias Incident Bias Motivation by Category

Graph of 2016 and 2017 statistics of single bias incident bias motivations by category. Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry Bias: in 2016: 3489; in 2017: 4131. Religion: in 2016: 1273; in 2017: 1564. Sexual Orientation: in 2016: 1076; in 2017: 1130. Gender Identity: in 2016: 124; in 2017: 119. Disability: in 2016: 70; in 2017: 116. Gender: in 2016: 31; in 2017: 46.

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Bias Motivation Categories for Single-bias Incidents in 2017

Pie chart of bias motivation categories for single-bias incidents in 2017. Race/Ethnicity/ Ancestry Bias: 58.1%. Religion: 22.0%. Sexual Orientation: 15.9%. Gender Identity: 1.7%. Disability: 1.6%. Gender: 0.6%.

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Single Bias Incident Bias Motivations by Category: This is a bar chart comparing the 2016 and 2017 data for bias motivation categories for single bias incidents. They are as follows:

Bias Motivation Categories 2016 2017
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 3489 4131
Religion 1273 1564
Sexual Orientation 1076 1130
Gender Identity 124 119
Disability 70 116
Gender 31 46

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Bias Motivation Categories for Single-bias Incidents in 2017: This is a pie chart showing the percentages of bias motivation categories for single-bias incidents in 2017. They are as follows:

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 58.1%
Religion 22.0%
Sexual Orientation 15.9%
Gender Identity 11.7%
Disability 1.6%
Gender 0.6%

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