Special Report

12 States With the Most Hate Groups

6. Louisiana
Hate groups per 1 million:
4.52
Number of hate groups: 21 (16th most)
Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 22.9% (5th lowest)
Pct. pop. identifying as white: 59.2% (13th lowest)

Louisiana has one of the highest concentrations of black Americans of any state. Nearly one-third of Louisiana’s population identifies as black compared to only 12% of the U.S. population. Despite relative racial diversity, Louisiana is home to 21 hate groups, amounting to roughly 4.5 hate groups for every million residents. Eight KKK groups are operating in the state, as well as five black separatist, and four neo-Nazi groups among others.

As in many of the states with high concentrations of hate groups, educational attainment is low and economic insecurity is pervasive. Only about 23% of Louisiana adults have a bachelor’s degree, a smaller share than in all but four other states. Additionally, nearly 20% of state residents live below the poverty line, the third highest poverty rate of any state in the country.

5. Alabama
Hate groups per 1 million:
4.54
Number of hate groups: 22 (12th most)
Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 23.5% (7th lowest)
Pct. pop. identifying as white: 66.1% (20th lowest)

Over one-quarter of Alabama’s 4.8 million residents identify as black, a higher share than in all but a handful of other states. Alabama is also home to one of the highest concentrations of hate groups in the country. Of the 22 total hate groups in the state, nine are affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, a historically anti-black group. There are also three white nationalist groups in the state, organizations that espouse a message of white superiority.

Formerly a slave state, Alabama has a long history of racial tension and disparity. Today, along with a highly concentrated presence of hate groups, black state residents face economic adversity. The typical black household in Alabama earns roughly 42.8% less than the $50,000 the typical white Alabama household earns annually, a greater difference than in the majority of other states.

4. South Carolina
Hate groups per 1 million:
4.55
Number of hate groups: 22 (12th most)
Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 26.3% (12th lowest)
Pct. pop. identifying as white: 63.8% (18th lowest)

One of the most horrific hate crimes in recent memory occurred in South Carolina just last year, when a white supremacist opened fire in a Charleston church, killing nine black churchgoers. Both the state’s violent crime rate and the concentration of hate groups are much higher than they are across the nation. There are roughly 498 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in the state, considerably more than the national violent crime rate of 366 reported incidents for every 100,000 people. Additionally, there are roughly 4.6 hate groups per 1 million state residents, a much higher share than 2.8 hate groups per 1 million people nationwide.

Like many of the states with a high concentration of hate groups, South Carolina is a Southern, formerly Confederate state. More than 27% of the population is black, one of the highest concentrations in the country.

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