The FBI report shows a 7 percent increase in hate crimes across the country as a whole, more than half these racially motivated with two thirds of victims recorded as black and one in five as white.
19 percent of the attacks were based on religion, with 65.4 percent of these victims Jewish and 11.9 percent Muslim.
The study also recoded 1,472 reports of attacks based on sexual orientation, with the majority of victims being male homosexuals.
Northern states reported significantly higher numbers of hate crimes than states in the South, reported the BBC. Alabama reported only one hate crime and Mississippi none, compared with California’s 1,297 and New Jersey’s 759.
The paper cites some states “dismissive” attitudes toward hate crimes and the different ways states define such a crime, as possible reasons for the noteworthy gap.
Black activist groups have also criticized the findings as flawed, saying there are many hate crimes that go unreported.