Special Report

States With the Most Hate Groups per Capita

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2. Tennessee
> Hate groups in 2019: 5.56 per million people (total: 38)
> Hate groups in 2010: 5.51 per million people — 13th highest (total: 35)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 77.2% — 25th lowest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 5.5% — 17th lowest
> Median household income: $56,071 — 9th lowest

There are 5.6 active hate groups for every 1 million people in Tennessee, the most of any state in the South. Over half of the hate groups in the state are largely racially motivated. These groups include four KKK chapters, seven white nationalist groups, and eight Black separatist groups. In Tennessee, there are also four anti-Muslim groups — in Coffee County, in Franklin, in Knoxville, and in Nashville.

About 16.7% of residents identify as Black, a larger share of the population than in the majority of states.

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1. Montana
> Hate groups in 2019: 5.61 per million people (total: 6)
> Hate groups in 2010: 13.12 per million people — 2nd highest (total: 13)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 88.0% — 8th highest
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 2.3% — 3rd lowest
> Median household income: $57,153 — 11th lowest

Though Montana has relatively few hate groups active in the state, due to its small population — just over a million people — the state tops the list of states with most hate groups per capita. Montana ranked second in 2010. Four of the six hate groups in the state in 2019 hold white supremacist ideology.

The state is among the least racially diverse in the U.S. Just 0.7% of residents identify as Black, the second lowest share in the U.S., tied with Idaho, and 88.0% of state residents identify as white, a far higher share than the 72.0% of Americans who do.