Still, some organizations saw the increase, the second year in a row for which hate crimes rates went up, as cause for alarm.
Singh said it will be hard for the country to mobilise political will and resources necessary to address the issue if law enforcement agencies fail to document true extent of hate crimes.
The specific data for both Iowa and Nebraska can be found to the side of this article.
"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.
In neighboring Minnesota, hate crimes rose from 109 to 119 during the same period. Of those, 1,076 crimes were directed against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation-an increase of about two percent-while 124 were on the basis of gender identity-an increase of about nine percent.
The number of hate crimes against Hindus, whose numbers are estimated to be around of 2.1 million, were not listed separately in the 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation report, but have figured independently in the next two annual reports -with five in 2015 and 10 in 2016.
The figures are a big drop from 2015, when the state reported 36 hate crimes. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data. Anti-Islamic hate crimes made up 24.8 percent of those crimes in 2016, up from 22.2 percent the year before. "Further, the suspect of the crime must be shown to have specifically targeted an individual or group because of an actual or perceived characteristic such as race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation".
In terms of location, the report reveals that approximately 27 percent of the incidents occurred at or near residences or homes; 18 percent near highways, roads, alleys, streets or sidewalks; 10 percent near schools or colleges; 6 percent near parking lots and garages; and 4 percent near churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Most of the crimes came in the form of intimidation, assault, or vandalism.
One such murder victim was transgender 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson, who was shot and killed in March of 2016 in what prosecutors have labeled a hate crime.
The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher.