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Despite year-to-year fluctuations, the rate of hate crimes in King County decreased significantly between 1995 and 2011.

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. 

Criminal offenses are designated as hate crimes when an investigation reveals enough evidence to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the offender's actions were motivated by bias against the victim's race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.

  • From 1995 to 2011, the rate of reported hate crime offenses per 100,000 population in King County decreased significantly. (Hate-crime data were first collected in 1995.)
  • Since 2001, the rate of hate crime in Washington State has declined by about 4% per year (data not shown).