An annual report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows 14 percent fewer hate crimes were reported in 2009.
The FBI defines a hate crime as "a criminal offense committed against a person, property or society which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin."
The 27-page report, released Friday, shows that 69 percent of all reported race-based hate crimes in the state were against blacks. Racially motivated hate crimes comprised 28 percent of all hate crimes.
The report compiles data sent from local law enforcement agencies across the state each year.
There were 359 reported hate crimes, which was less than 1 percent of all crime reported for the same period in Tennessee, the report said.
Most frequently, hate crime victims fell within the 25- to 34-year-old group, according to the report, and 51 percent of the reported crimes were against men.
More than 45 percent of hate bias offenses happened in a residence, and nearly 20 percent occurred between 6 and 9 p.m., the report said.