Low Poverty areas and its Geographic Relationship to gangs in Los Angeles County

Alex Alonso
July 11, 2004

Examining the poverty figures for different gang areas, it appeared that 15% poverty or less represented low figures compared with the rest of the other gang areas. As one would expect, no areas that include public housing, and very few areas that were in South LA were found to be in low poverty areas, and no gang area in the central portion of South LA were considered low. This list is preliminary because not all Hispanic gangs have been mapped, but of the 300 Hispanic gangs already mapped from East LA, Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pico-Union, and Watts none were in low poverty areas. Hispanic gangs in the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley and the Newhall area have not been completely mapped and several gangs in these areas may be in low poverty areas.

But we find that gangs located in more suburban areas have lower poverty rates. Within the top 12 gangs considered to be in low poverty areas, five were in the suburban city of Carson, just south of Los Angeles. Of the four gangs considered South LA gangs, three, WGC, OBCG, and NHC 115, were on the southern edge of South LA near the Imperial Highway and the fourth gang, 90s, where located in a pocket of middle class homes on the border of Inglewood.

Gang injunctions have been implemented against three of the low 20 poverty gangs, Canoga Park, Play Boy Gangsters, and Redondo 13.


Gang Official Poverty Poverty



1 Water Gate Crip 7.4 7.7 Los Angeles Black
2 NeighborHood Crip


7.5 7.8 Los Angeles Black
3 East Coast Crip 190 5.7 7.8 Carson Black
4 ShotGun Crip 6.5 8.8 Gardena Black
5 Center View Piru 8.8 11.1 Inglewood Black
6 Scott Park Piru 6.5 11.2 Carson Black
7 Stevenson Park Crip 8.0 11.6 Carson Black
8 Inglewood Family 7.4 11.9 Inglewood Black
9 Victoria Park Crips/DAWGS 7.0 12.9 Carson Black
10 Mac Mafia Crip 8.7 13.1 Long Beach Black
11 MansField Crip 7.4 13.4 Los Angeles – Westside Black
12 Calas Park Locs 3.8 13.5 Carson Black
13 Canoga Park Alabama 4.2 13.8 Los Angeles – San Fernando Valley Hispanic
14 90s W/S 7.78 14.2 Los Angeles Black
15 PlayBoy Gangster Crip 7.02 17.1 Los Angeles Black
16 Original Blocc Crip Gang 10.8 17.3 Los Angeles Black
17 North Side Redondo 13 9.9 17.6 Redondo Hispanic
18 T Zone 157 5.4 18.5 Los Angeles Black
19 Avenue Piru Gang 9.5 18.9 Inglewood Black
20 NeighborHood Crip 111/112 13.5 20.9 Los Angeles Black

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