National Youth Gang Survey Analysis

Defining Gangs and Designating Gang Membership

Definitional Characteristics of a Gang

Respondents provided information regarding common characteristics of local importance in defining a gang.

Definitional Characteristics of a Gang
  Average Rank
(1=Least Important, 6=Most Important)
Definitional Characteristics Larger Cities Suburban Counties Smaller Cities Rural Counties
Commits Crimes Together 4.8 4.9 4.7 4.5
Has a Name 3.9 3.7 3.3 3.5
Displays Colors or Other Symbols 3.3 3.2 3.3 3.2
Hangs Out Together 3.1 3.0 3.6 3.3
Claims Turf or Territory 3.3 3.1 3.0 2.9
Has a Leader or Leaders 2.6 3.1 3.0 3.5

Analysis for this section pertains only to law enforcement agencies reporting gang problems. Please see the Prevalence of Gang Problems section.

Designating Gang Membership

Respondents provided information regarding criteria used to designate individuals as gang members in their jurisdictions.

Designating Gang Membership (Frequency of Use) bar chart

Analysis for this section pertains only to law enforcement agencies reporting gang problems. Please see the Prevalence of Gang Problems section.

Suggested citation: National Gang Center. National Youth Gang Survey Analysis. Retrieved [date] from http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Survey-Analysis.