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Anti-Semitism in the United States: Statistics on Religious Hate Crimes

The following data about anti-Jewish and religiously-biased hate crimes in the United States has been exceprted from the annual Report on Hate Crimes released by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

To read the full Hate Crime Reports, archived from 1996, click here.


In 2017, law enforcement agencies across the United States participating in the Hate Crimes Statistics program reported 7,175 hate crime incidents involving 8,437 offenses. The number of incidents increased from 6,121 in 2016 in part because more police departments reported data to the FBI.

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 21.8% of incidents during 2017, involving 1,009 offenders and 1,749 victims.

A breakdown of the offenses shows that  60% of religious hate crimes were anti-Jewish, 17% were anti-Islamic and 5% were anti-Catholic. Anti-Semitic hate crimes increased 37% while anti-Islamic crimes declined by 11%.

The following table tracks hate crimes by religious bias as reported by U.S. law enforcement agencies since 1996.

Year Incidents
Anti-Jewish Change Anti-Islamic Change Total Religious Total Change % Change
2017 938 254 273 -34 1,564 291 23%
2016 684 -11 307 50 1,273 -81 -6%
2015 695 86 257 103 1,354 340 34%
2014 609 -16 154 19 1,014 -17 -2%
2013 625 -49 135 5 1,031 -68 -6%
2012 674 -97 130 -27 1,099 -134 -11%
2011 771 -116 157 -3 1,233 -89 -7%
2010 887 -44 160 53 1,322 19 1%
2009 931 -82 107 2 1,303 -216 -14%
2008 1,013 44 105 -10 1,519 119 9%
2007 969 2 115 -41 1,400 -62 -4%
2006 967 119 156 28 1,462 235 19%
2005 848 -106 128 -28 1,227 -147 -11%
2004 954 27 156 7 1,374 31 2%
2003 927 -4 149 -6 1,343 -83 -6%
2002 931 -112 155 -326 1,426 -402 -22%
2001 1,043 -66 481 453 1,828 356 24%
2000 1,109 0 28 -4 1,472 61 4%
1999 1,109 28 32 11 1,411 21 2%
1998 1,081 -6 21 -7 1,390 5 0%
1997 1,087 -22 28 1 1,385 -16 -1%
1996 1,109   27   1,401    

 

Year Incidents
% Anti-Jewish Change % Anti-Islamic Change
2017 60% 6% 17% -7%
2016 54% 2% 24% 5%
2015 51% -9% 19% 4%
2014 60% -1% 15% 2%
2013 61% -1% 13% 1%
2012 61% -1% 12% -1%
2011 63% -5% 13% 1%
2010 67% -4% 12% 4%
2009 71% 5% 8% 1%
2008 67% -3% 7% -1%
2007 69% 3% 8% -2%
2006 66% -3% 11% 0%
2005 69% 0% 10% -1%
2004 69% 0% 11% 0%
2003 69% 4% 11% 0%
2002 65% 8% 11% -15%
2001 57% -18% 26% 24%
2000 75% -3% 2% 0%
1999 79% 1% 2% 1%
1998 78% -1% 2% -1%
1997 78% -1% 2% 0%
1996 79%   2%  

 

Year Victims
Anti-Jewish Change Anti-Islamic Change Total Religious Total Change % Change
2017 1,017 155 325 -63 1,749 165 10%
2016 862 131 388 81 1,584 182 13%
2015 731 83 307 123 1,402 262 23%
2014 648 -89 184 17 1,140 -83 -7%
2013 737 -99 167 12 1,223 -117 -9%
2012 836 -100 155 -30 1,340 -140 -9%
2011 936 -104 185 -12 1,480 -72 -5%
2010 1,040 -92 197 65 1,552 -23 -1%
2009 1,132 -13 132 2 1,575 -157 -9%
2008 1,145 18 130 -12 1,732 104 6%
2007 1,127 -17 142 -66 1,628 -122 -7%
2006 1,144 167 208 57 1,750 345 25%
2005 977 -99 151 -50 1,405 -181 -11%
2004 1,076 51 201 26 1,586 97 7%
2003 1,025 -59 175 1 1,489 -170 -10%
2002 1,084 -112 174 -380 1,659 -459 -22%
2001 1,196 -73 554 518 2,118 419 25%
2000 1,269 -20 36 2 1,699 13 1%
1999 1,289 54 34 11 1,686 -34 -2%
1998 1,235 -12 23 -9 1,720 134 8%
1997 1,247 38 32 -1 1,586 51 3%
1996 1,209   33   1,535    

 

* The term victim may refer to a person, business, institution, or society as a whole.

 

Year Victims
% Anti-Jewish Change % Anti-Islamic Change
2017 58% 4% 19% -6%
2016 54% 2% 24% 3%
2015 52% -5% 22% 6%
2014 57% -3% 16% 2%
2013 60% -2% 14% 2%
2012 62% -1% 12% -1%
2011 63% -4% 13% 0%
2010 67% -5% 13% 4%
2009 72% 6% 8% 1%
2008 66% -3% 8% -1%
2007 69% 4% 9% -3%
2006 65% -4% 12% 1%
2005 70% 2% 11% -2%
2004 68% -1% 13% 1%
2003 69% 3% 12% 1%
2002 65% 9% 10% -16%
2001 56% -18% 26% 24%
2000 75% -2% 2% 0%
1999 76% 5% 2% 1%
1998 72% -7% 1% -1%
1997 79% 0% 2% 0%
1996 79%   2%  

Full Hate Crime Reports


Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation