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

(Updated November 2016)

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 to 1996, click here.


In 2015, 14,997 law enforcement agencies across the United States reported 5,850 hate crime incidents. Analysis of the data revealed that 23% of the victims of these hate crimes were targetted because of their religious affiliation. 

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,354 incidents during 2015, involving 1,402 victims and 809 perpetrators.

A breakdown of the offenses showed that approximately 51.3% were anti-Jewish, 22.2% were anti-Islamic and 4.4% were anti-Catholic. More than half of the offenses against Jews (447 out of 695 total) involved vandalism, or damage/destruction of property.

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

Year

Incidents

Victims

Anti-Jewish

Anti-Islamic

Total

Anti-Jewish

Anti-Islamic

Total

2015

695

257

1,354

731

307

1,402

2014

609

154

1,014

648

184

1,140

2013

625

135

1,031

737

167

1,223

2012

674

130

1,099

836

155

1,340

2011

771

157

1,233

936

185

1,480

2010

887

160

1,322

1,040

197

1,552

2009

931

107

1,303

1,132

132

1,575

2008

1,013

105

1,519

1,145

130

1,732

2007

969

115

1,400

1,127

142

1,628

2006

967

156

1,462

1,144

208

1,750

2005

848

128

1,227

977

151

1,405

2004

954

156

1,374

1,076

201

1,586

2003

927

149

1,343

1,025

175

1,489

2002

931

155

1,426

1,084

174

1,659

2001

1,043

481

1,828

1,196

554

2,118

2000

1,109

28

1,472

1,269

36

1,699

1999

1,109

32

1,411

1,289

34

1,686

1998

1,081

21

1,390

1,235

23

1,720

1997

1,087

28

1,385

1,247

32

1,586

1996

1,109

27

1,401

1,209

33

1,535

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

Full Hate Crime Reports


Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation