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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

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.