California, Florida Have the Most Active Hate Groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center said there are 917 groups around the U.S., somewhat lower than the 1,018 peak in 2011.

California and Florida are the states with most active hate groups, says a new Southern Poverty Law Center report. California has 79 groups and Florida 63, the Miami Herald reports. The center published a detailed map of the 917 hate groups actively operating across the U.S.

As of last year, there were 130 Ku Klux Klan groups and 193 Black Separatist groups operating nationwide, the center said. The national total of hate groups peaked at 1,018 in 2011. By 2014, that number had fallen to 784. Since then, the groups have been steadily increasing, rising to last year’s 917 figure.