The report, which gathered information submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country, revealed that almost all hate crimes were based on a single bias, with 57.5 percent motivated by race or ethnicity bias, 21 percent motivated by a religious bias and 17.7 percent motivated by a sexual orientation bias.
There were 6,121 hate crimes in the US last year, up from 5,850 the year before, according to the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics, 2016. It did not give a reason for the rise. Half of them were motivated by racism against black people, the report said. There were two crimes motivated by a victim's religion and two by a victim's gender identity.
There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.
The report, which gathered information submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country, identified 6,121 incidents, up 4.6 percent from 5,850 in 2015. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white, and 26 percent were African-American.
In neighboring Minnesota, hate crimes rose from 109 to 119 during the same period.
The number for hate crimes against Sikhs, whose population is estimated to be 500,000, went up from six in 2015 to seven in 2016. Additionally, there were 105 incidents against transgender people last year, a rise of 44 percent from the year before.
The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher.
North Dakota reported eight hate crimes previous year.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", U. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the data was released.