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Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey

This fact sheet discusses trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures.


Related Resources

This resource contains analysis and findings from the National Youth Gang Surveys. Numerous charts and descriptions are provided as a resource for understanding gang problems.

Download findings from the National Youth Gang Surveys of law enforcement agencies across the nation.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the nation’s gang problem. In 2012, there were an estimated 30,700 gangs (an increase from 29,900 in 2011) and 850,000 gang members (an increase from 782,500 in 2011) throughout 3,100 jurisdictions with gang problems (down from 3,300 in 2011). The number of reported gang-related homicides increased 20 percent from 1,824 in 2011 to 2,363 in 2012.