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:

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

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

Offenses by Crime Category

Among the 8,437 hate crime offenses reported:

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

Location Type

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.

Known Offenders

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

Single Bias Incident Bias Motivation by Category

Bias Motivation Categories for Single-bias Incidents in 2017


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