National Youth Gang Survey Analysis

Gang Units

Respondents provided information regarding the operation of a gang unit in their agencies. “Gang unit” is defined in the survey as “a specialized unit with at least two officers primarily assigned to handle matters related to youth gangs.”

Gang Unit bar chart

Note: *A value for rural counties for 2011 is not presented because insufficient data was reported.

Gang Unit
2003 2004 2006 2011
Larger Cities 51.4% 51.2% 53.9% 54.2%
Suburban Counties 24.4% 27.0% 32.5% 34.8%
Smaller Cities 14.0% 17.8% 13.5% 16.7%
Rural Counties 2.4% 6.9% 8.5% **insufficient data reported**

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