Gang violence statistics
While it is true that gang violence has been decreasing, it still exists.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Department of Justice offers a National Youth Gang Survey.
Some of the results from this survey include the following gang statistics:
100% of cities with a population of more than 250,000 report gang activity.
11% of rural counties report gang activity.
35% of suburban counties report gang activity.
More than half of the homicides reported in Los Angeles, and more than half of the homicides reported in Chicago, are elated to gang violence.
More than 24,500 gangs are active in the U.S.
772,500 people are members of gangs in the U.S.
94% of gang members are male.
Only 2% of gangs are predominantly female.
Only 37% of gang members are under the age of 18 right now.
Gang member ethnicity breaks down this way: 47% Hispanic, 31% African American, 13% white, 7% Asian.
Gang violence costs more than $100 billion a year.
In the end, it is a sobering look at the picture of gang violence.
Even though the crime rate has decreased, and a great deal of progress has been made in terms of education, and providing opportunities for would-be gang members, there are still problems to be improved upon.
Statistics gathered from http://www.teenviolencestatistics.com/content/gang-violence.html