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List of gangs in the United States

The Five Points, Manhattan is a location that was associated with gang activities from the early 19th century.[1]
In the late 1920s, Al Capone was the leader of the Chicago Outfit[2]
The Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club was founded in 1948 and is considered a criminal gang by American law enforcement agencies, particularly for their involvement in drug-related activities and violent crimes.[3]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation website in 2014 stated that there were some 33,000 gangs in the United States which they classified as street gangs, motorcycle gangs or prison gangs.[4] Notable criminal gangs having Wikipedia articles include:




Caucasian/White Supremacist

East Asian

Eastern European





North American

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs

Pacific Islander

South Asian & Middle Eastern

Southeast Asian

West Asian


Membership in this group may overlap other groups above.

See also



  1. ^ Asbury, Herbert (2008-07-01). The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780307388988. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ Capeci, Jerry (2005-01-04). The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Alpha Books. pp. 84–. ISBN 9781592573059. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ Holmes, Ronald M.; Tewksbury, Richard; Higgins, George (2011-12-02). Introduction to Gangs in America. CRC Press. pp. 91–. ISBN 9781439869475. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Gangs". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 5 December 2014.