To identify the states with the highest concentration of hate groups, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of hate groups in each state for every 1 million state residents in 2019, according to data provided by nonprofit civil rights advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center.
To be considered for our ranking, a state needed to have at least three active hate groups per million residents. Activity is deemed as on-the-ground activity such as holding rallies or accepting memberships and selling literature.
We also reviewed the foreign-born population in each state, the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, the percentage of each state’s population that is white, poverty rate, and median household income. These data came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.
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