Special Report

States With the Most Hate Groups per Capita

22. North Carolina
> Hate groups in 2019: 3.05 per million people (total: 32)
> Hate groups in 2010: 2.93 per million people — 22nd lowest (total: 28)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 68.1% — 15th lowest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 8.4% — 22nd highest
> Median household income: $57,341 — 12th lowest

North Carolina is one of 13 Southern states with more than three hate groups per million people. According to the SPLC, the state is home to 32 active hate groups, up from 28 in 2010, including two Ku Klux Klan groups, four racist skinhead groups, three white nationalist groups, and 16 Black separatist groups. Over a dozen of the hate groups in the state operate statewide.

North Carolina is more racially diverse than the country as a whole. About 68.1% of state residents are white, compared to 72.0% of the U.S. population.

Source: ACT for America via Facebook

21. Delaware
> Hate groups in 2019: 3.08 per million people (total: 3)
> Hate groups in 2010: 5.56 per million people — 11th highest (total: 5)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 67.7% — 13th lowest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 10.0% — 17th highest
> Median household income: $70,176 — 16th highest

There are three known active hate groups in Delaware, including two Black separatist groups based in Wilmington. The third hate group is a chapter of the anti-Muslim ACT for America, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Bear. According to the SPLC, the group has since then become the largest anti-Muslim group in the country.

Delaware is one of the most racially diverse populations of the 22 states on this list. About 22.5% of state residents are Black, well above the national average of 12.8%.

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20. Nebraska
> Hate groups in 2019: 3.10 per million people (total: 6)
> Hate groups in 2010: 4.37 per million people — 16th highest (total: 8)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 86.2% — 11th highest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 7.4% — 25th highest
> Median household income: $63,229 — 25th highest

There are six known hate groups in Nebraska, one of three Midwestern states on this list. Two of the hate groups in the state — the racist skinhead AC Skins and the white nationalist Patriot Front — operate statewide.

Hate groups tend to be concentrated in areas where a large share of the population identifies as white. In Nebraska, 86.2% are white, more than 10 percentage points higher than the national share of 72.0%. Only 4.9% identify as Black, less than half the comparable national average of 12.8%.

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19. Florida
> Hate groups in 2019: 3.12 per million people (total: 67)
> Hate groups in 2010: 2.60 per million people — 19th lowest (total: 49)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 74.5% — 21st lowest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 21.1% — 4th highest
> Median household income: $59,227 — 17th lowest

Almost half of the 67 active hate groups in Florida hold white supremacist ideology, including three Ku Klux Klan, the oldest and most infamous hate group in the country. There are also 19 Black separatist groups, the members of which believe the answer to white racism is separate institutions of Black people, according to the SPLC. Florida is also home to five chapters of Proud Boys, a fairly new hate group, established in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes.

Florida, the third most populous state in the country, has one of the most racially diverse populations of any state. About 21.1% of residents were not born in the U.S., the fourth highest share of all states and far larger than the 13.7% share nationwide.

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18. Vermont
> Hate groups in 2019: 3.21 per million people (total: 2)
> Hate groups in 2010: 3.20 per million people — 24th lowest (total: 2)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 93.8% — 2nd highest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 4.7% — 12th lowest
> Median household income: $63,001 — 25th lowest

Vermont is the only state in the Northeast to rank on among the states with the most hate groups per capita. There are two active hate groups — the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement and the white nationalist Patriot Front, both of which operate statewide. In comparison, Maine also has two active hate groups but it is home to more than twice as many people.

Vermont is one of the least racially diverse states in the country. About 93.8% of state residents identify as white, the second highest share in the U.S., and just 1.5% identify as Black, the fifth lowest share among U.S. states.

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