2020 Hate Crime Statistics Released

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released Hate Crime Statistics, 2020 as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The hate crimes included in the dataset are defined as “a committed criminal offense which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias(es) against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” The majority of these crimes, 61.9%,  were based on a race, ethnicity, or ancestry bias with Anti-Black or African American hate crimes being the most prevalent. Victims tended to be individuals, as opposed to businesses or religious organizations, many of whom, 2,263, were attacked at home. The most common form of hate crimes committed in the U.S. in 2020 included intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property, and assault.

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Hate crime statistics for the U.S. are published on an annual basis and can be found, along with other law enforcement data, by using the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer.

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