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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Wave of Hate Groups in California? No in Washington, DC

The Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a report listing the total number of hate groups per state which they track.  The categories followed include, the Ku Klux Klan, Neo Nazi, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederate, Black Separatist, and General Hate.
California is shown to have the most hate groups followed by Florida and Texas.  All states except Hawaii have at least one.  These are also the first, second, and fourth most populous states in the US.  There is a highly significant correlation between the number of groups and the population in that state (r=0.885, p<.001) as seen in the above graph. 

When the number of hate groups in each state is adjusted for the states' population (by dividing the # of groups by the population and multiplying by one million), a different picture emerges.  The US average is 2.99 groups per million persons.  The rankings for the states plus DC are listed below.  Florida is almost exactly at the national average at 3.00 while Texas and California are below with 2.15 and 2.02 groups per million respectively.  A cubic plot was added to the graph below  and was significantly different from zero (r=.281, p=.045).
The states with the top number of groups per million have one outlier, Washington, DC.  With 15 groups for its 632,323 citizens, there are 23.72 groups per million which is almost three times higher than the next highest state, Arkansas.  It could be argued that the district is not really a State and is more of a city.  By comparison New York City has 22 hate groups for it's 8,336,697 citizens giving it a rate of 2.64.  Nearby Baltimore, MD has 7 groups for it's 621,342 citizens giving it a rate of 11.27.  My hometown, Pittsburgh, PA has 2 groups for it's 306,211 citizens giving it a rate of 6.53.  Of DC's 15 groups, four are Black Separatist (including the Nation of Islam), 3 each of White Nationalist (with names like the Center for Economic Studies), Anti-LGBT, and; General Hate, and one each of Anti Immigrant and Anti-Muslim. 


The extreme value for DC is similar to it's being an outlier for income and life expectancy.  In my most read post, I showed that it has the highest per capita income but the lowest life expectancy (2009 data).  The life expectancy of DC has since improved from 51st to 46th while the income ranking has fallen from 1st to a tie for 4th which would still make it an outlier.  I am not a sociologist so I'm not going to speculate as to the reasons for DC's high rate beyond what the data says.

The states that follow DC can be seen in the table below.  28 states are above the national average.  These are mostly in the south, west and midwest.  Vermont (at 6.39) and New Hampshire (at 5.30) are the only eastern states above the national average. My home state, Pennsylvania is slightly ahead of the national average at 3.21.



Rank
state
pop2012
Hate groups
Groups per million
1
District of Columbia
632323
15
23.72
2
Arkansas
2949131
24
8.14
3
Montana
1005141
8
7.96
4
Mississippi
2984926
22
7.37
5
Vermont
626011
4
6.39
6
Tennessee
6456243
37
5.73
7
Idaho
1595728
9
5.64
8
West Virginia
1855413
10
5.39
9
New Hampshire
1320718
7
5.30
10
Georgia
9919945
50
5.04
11
New Jersey
8864590
44
4.96
12
Nebraska
1855525
9
4.85
13
Alabama
4822023
22
4.56
14
Oklahoma
3814820
17
4.46
15
Delaware
917092
4
4.36
16
Louisiana
4601893
20
4.35
17
South Carolina
4723723
20
4.23
18
Indiana
6537334
26
3.98
19
Missouri
6021988
23
3.82
20
South Dakota
833354
3
3.60
21
Wyoming
576412
2
3.47
22
Kentucky
4380415
15
3.42
23
North Carolina
9752073
33
3.38
24
Colorado
5187582
17
3.28
25
Pennsylvania
12763536
41
3.21
26
Virginia
8185867
26
3.18
27
Arizona
6553255
20
3.05
28
Florida
19317568
58
3.00
29
Nevada
2758931
8
2.90
30
New Mexico
2085538
6
2.88
31
Rhode Island
1050292
3
2.86
32
Ohio
11544225
31
2.69
33
Maryland
5884563
15
2.55
34
Oregon
3899353
9
2.31
35
Texas
26059203
57
2.19
36
New York
19570261
42
2.15
37
Utah
2855287
6
2.10
38
California
38041430
77
2.02
39
Michigan
9883360
18
1.82
40
Massachusetts
6646144
12
1.81
41
Illinois
12875255
23
1.79
42
Wisconsin
5726398
10
1.75
43
Kansas
2885905
5
1.73
44
Iowa
3074186
5
1.63
45
Maine
1329192
2
1.50
46
Minnesota
5379139
8
1.49
47
Washington
6897012
10
1.45
48
North Dakota
699628
1
1.43
49
Connecticut
3590347
5
1.39
50
Alaska
731449
1
1.37
51
Hawaii
1392313
0
.00
Total
N
51
51
50
51
a. Limited to first 100 cases.

**Update** 

It's not just in the US where mapping applications are used to track racial incidents.  It's also done in Japan as seen in the video below.



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