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Boise Co Has Highest Hate Crime %?

A map from shows the places in the U.S. with the highest numbers of reported hate crimes. It names Boise County, Idaho as having the highest number of hate crimes per capita, by a very wide margin. But it’s wrong. When I first saw the post, I assumed an unusually high number of hate crimes combined with Boise County’s tiny population had skewed the 2012 results. I went to the data source, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics, to confirm my hypothesis. What I saw didn't jive with the post. The FBI confirmed that there were no hate crimes reported in Boise County in 2012. Zero. Here’s what I think happened: the writer confused the city of Boise and Boise County. The city is not in the county which shares its name. Eighteen hate crimes were reported in 2012 in Boise/Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio. More here.

Question: Do you know the difference between Boise County & the city of Boise?

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