Special Report

States With the Most Hate Groups

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12. Louisiana
> Hate groups in 2020: 3.44 per million people (total: 16)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 58.2% (13th lowest)
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 4.2% (9th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,073 (4th lowest)
> Largest hate group headquartered in state: Ruth Institute

With 16 total hate groups among its 4.6 million residents, Louisiana has the 12th most hate groups per capita among states, at 3.44 groups per million. In 2011, the SPLC tracked 27 hate groups in the state, and Louisiana ranked ninth in the country with 5.9 designated hate groups per million residents.

Louisiana is home to three anti-LGBTQ hate groups — two chapters of Faith Baptist Church and the Ruth Institute, the largest hate group headquartered in the state, according to SPLC. The Ruth Institute opposes gay marriage and says its aim is “helping young people avoid the poisonous personal consequences of the Sexual Revolution.”

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11. Arizona
> Hate groups in 2020: 3.50 per million people (total: 26)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 54.0% (9th lowest)
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 13.4% (14th highest)
> Median household income: $62,055 (23rd lowest)
> Largest hate group headquartered in state: Folks Front/Folkish Resistance Movement

Arizona is one of just 11 states with at least 3.5 hate groups for every million state residents. For context, there are 2.54 hate groups per million in the U.S. overall. The vast majority of the hate groups in the state are located in Phoenix or cities nearby.

Arizona has numerous groups with ideologies that are anti immigration, white nationalists, and anti-LGBTQ. The largest hate group in the state is a neo-Nazi group known as Folks Front, which says its purpose is to “triumph over the darkness which threatens our European light”.

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10. Nevada
> Hate groups in 2020: 3.82 per million people (total: 12)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 47.8% (5th lowest)
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 19.8% (5th highest)
> Median household income: $63,276 (24th highest)
> Largest hate group headquartered in state: N/A

Nevada has more hate groups per capita than all but nine other states, with 3.82 such groups per million residents or a dozen in total. The state had multiple neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups active as of 2020, according to the SPLC.

Nevada is the only state on this list in which less than half, 47.8%, of all residents identify as white alone, the fifth lowest share of all states. Most of the states with the most hate groups per capita have a higher than typical share of residents identifying as white compared to the U.S. share of 60%.

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9. Idaho
> Hate groups in 2020: 3.83 per million people (total: 7)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 81.6% (10th highest)
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 5.8% (20th lowest)
> Median household income: $60,999 (20th lowest)
> Largest hate group headquartered in state: Independent History & Research

Though Idaho has one of the highest concentrations of hate groups among states, these groups have become much less common in the state in recent years. In 2011, Idaho ranked second among states with 11.4 hate groups per million residents, with 18 such groups tracked by the SPLC.

Idaho, like many other states on this list, is not very racially diverse. The state has the 10th highest share of residents who identify as white alone, at 81.6%. Nationwide, just 60% of American residents identify as white.

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8. South Carolina
> Hate groups in 2020: 3.83 per million people (total: 20)
> Pct. pop. identifying as white: 63.5% (19th lowest)
> Pct. pop. foreign born: 5.6% (18th lowest)
> Median household income: $56,227 (10th lowest)
> Largest hate group headquartered in state: Renaissance Horizon

South Carolina is home to 20 hate groups, including five white nationalist organizations, two neo-Confederate groups, and a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Like many other states with an outsized share of hate groups, South Carolina residents are more likely to be struggling financially. The state has the 10th highest poverty rate in the nation, at 13.8%. It also has the 10th lowest median annual household income, at $56,227 — nearly $10,000 lower than the U.S. median.