The Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. The Southern Poverty Law Center identified a total of 54 hate groups operating in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in 2010.
The Alabama-based human rights group found 15 such groups in Oregon, and 13 each in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Hate groups are defined as those that follow ideologies of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, racist skinheads, Christian identity, neo-confederate, black separatist or general hate.
By state, in Washington there were two hate groups in the Spokane area, one in the Wenatchee area and 10 in Western Washington.
In Oregon, there was one hate group near Ontario, one near Medford and one near Eugene, with 12 clustered around the greater Portland area.
In Idaho, there were seven in the Panhandle, five around Boise and one around Idaho Falls.
In Montana, they were scattered around the state, in areas like Miles City, Billings, Lewistown, Missoula, Kalispell, Helena and Bozeman.