Look. It's 2024, and people in Idaho be fightin'.

If that's in a thread of comments on a social media post, in traffic, or even in line at the grocery store, Idahoans disagree on a lot of things. And that's ok. Different opinions and viewpoints keep us diverse. But at what point does it go from a simple disagreement to being hateful?

Is Idaho a state full of hateful people? Well, the numbers have been crunched, and the results are most definitely something.

Statista.com recently did a study tallying the number of hate groups in the United States, by state. Meaning, which states have the most hate groups compared to those who have the least? According to the study, the term "hate group" means:

...includes groups which have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people. Their activities can include criminal acts, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.

So if you and a bunch of your friends get together simply to make someone else's life miserable simply because they're different than you, you might be in a hate group. Probably time to get some new friends.

But how many are in Idaho, and how do we rank compared to the rest of the country? As of the time of this study, Idaho has approximately 21 hate groups in our state. That sounds like a lot, right? It does, until you look at the top of the list and see that California has over 100 hate groups, and Florida has almost 90.

Now, Florida and California have significantly larger populations than Idaho, so it would make sense that their numbers are higher, but what do you think?

Is Idaho a state filled with kind people who care about their neighbor, or is it a bunch of haters who spend their life making others miserable? Let us know your thoughts.

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