Gang Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations
Research Date: January 16th, 2015

A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. Gang members are typically "jumped in" or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. Although gangs exist internationally, there is a greater level of study and knowledgeable information of gangs specifically in the United States. A member of a gang is called a gangster.

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Gang Member StatisticsData
Total number of gang members in 20141,150,000
Total number of gang members in 2000750,000
Number of gangs in the U.S.24,250
Percent of gang members who are under 1840 %
Percent of gang members who are female8 %
Percent of juvenile boys in a correctional facility with gang affiliation90 %
Percent of U.S. cities with 100,000+ population that reported gang activity86 %
Gang Member DemographicsData
Black gang members31 %
Hispanic gang members47 %
White gang members13 %
Asian gang members7 %
The following data represents the FBI’s gang fighting "Safe Street Task Force" SSTF enforcement of violent gang crime
Indictments &Informations
2001 1,143 2,181 3,999 2,168
Totals 12,169 29,273 57,106 23,094

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