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2003 FBI Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) Data and Analysis

On October 25, the FBI released its annual report, "Crime in the United States 2003." Since 1996, the Bureau has included a separate section summarizing hate crime data, collected under the 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act as part of this report. The Hate Crime section of the 516-page FBI report is available at: (Pages 65-68).

The FBI's 2002* jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction report,
Hate Crime Statistics 2002 , details reported hate crimes by cities, towns, and colleges and universities. The nearly 150-page FBI report is now available online in pdf format at * Updated information to come

Highlights of 2003 Hate Crime Data

  • While the overall number of violent crimes reported to the FBI in 2003 decreased by 3%, reported hate crimes increased slightly, from 7,462 in 2002 to 7,489 in 2003.
  • The 7,489 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI involved 8,715 separate offenses, 9,100 victims, and 6,934 known offenders.
  • Racial bias again represented the largest percentage of bias-motivated incidents (51.3%), followed by Religion Bias (17.9%), Sexual Orientation Bias (16.5%), Ethnicity Bias (13.7%), and Disability Bias (0.4%).
  • Of the 7,489 incidents, 4,511 were crimes against persons, 3,139 were crimes against property, and the remaining 59 were crimes against society.
  • 927 anti-Semitic crimes were reported, a very slight decrease from 931 in 2002. Overall, crimes against Jews and Jewish institutions comprised 12.4% of all the bias-motivated crimes - and 69% of the religious-based crime incidents.
  • Anti-black bias was the most prevalent racial motivation, with 2,548 incidents (34% of all hate crimes); anti-male homosexual bias was the most common sexual orientation motivation, with 783 incidents (10.5% of all hate crimes).
  • The number of reported anti-Islamic crimes decreased from 155 in 2002 to 149 in 2003, a decrease of 0.4%. In addition, the number of hate crimes directed at individuals on the basis of their national origin/ethnicity also decreased ??- from 1,102 in 2002 to 1,026 in 2003.
  • The number of national law enforcement agencies reporting to the FBI in 2003 decreased slightly from 12,073 to 11,909 - the fourth highest total of participating agencies in the thirteen-year history of the data collection effort. However, of the 11,909 that participated, only 1,967 agencies (16.5%) reported even a single hate crime, a slight increase from the 15.5% that reported incidents in 2002. Thus, 83.5% of all participating law enforcement agencies affirmatively reported zero hate crimes.
  • Of the 6,934 identified hate crime offenders, the majority were white (4,317, or 62.3%); 1,286 (18.5%) were black, 61 (0.9%) were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 93 (1.3%) were Asian or Pacific Islander, 741 (10.7%) were of unknown race, and the remaining 436 (6.3%) were of other races or multiple races.
  • The five states with the highest numbers of hate crime were: California (1,472 incidents, 19.7% of total reported incidents), New York (602, 8%), New Jersey (594, 7.9%), Michigan (427, 5.7%), and Massachusetts (403, 5.4%). These five states comprise 46.7% of all incidents reported in the United States.
  • Hawaii was, again, the only state that did not participate in reporting hate crime to the FBI; Alabama and Mississippi participated, but each affirmatively reported one (1) hate crime for 2003.
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