This study examines the locations of the residences and pre-incident activities associated with 144 terrorism incidents investigated by the FBI between 1990 and 2010. Using tract-level data from the 2000 U.S. Census, it compares the socioeconomic, housing, and sociodemographic characteristics of locations where environmental, far-right, and al-Qa’ida and Associated Movements (AQAM) perpetrators lived, planned, and prepared. It also compares these locations to ones that experienced no perpetrator residential or pre-incident activity. Data are drawn from the American Terrorism Study.
Roberts, Paxton, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Brent L. Smith, and Kelly R. Damphousse. 2013. "Research Highlight: Identifying the Characteristics of Communities Where Perpetrators Live and Pre-Incident Activity Occurs." College Park, MD: START (May).