Demographic studies of gangs cited by Howell show that the typical age range for a gang is 12–24 with the average age of gang members 17–18 years old. The average age tends to be older in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago where gangs are well established and have been in existence for longer periods of time.
What age are most of the gang members?
As figure 8 illustrates, 16 percent of youth gang members were younger than 15; 34 percent were between the ages of 15 and 17; 37 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24; and 13 percent were older than 24.
Who is most likely to join a gang?
Findings indicate that youth who engage in delinquent activities, specifically illicit alcohol and drug use, are more likely to join gangs and that, as a result of gang involvement, youth are more likely to use illicit drugs and alcohol.
What does it take to join a gang?
Gang members join a gang by either committing a crime or undergoing an initiation procedure wherein they are beaten by fellow gang members to test their courage and fighting ability.
What is the oldest gang in the world?
The 38th Street gang is one of the oldest street gangs in Los Angeles and has been occupying its territory since the 1920s. They engage in many criminal activities .38th Street gang.38th Street gang graffiti, 2011FoundedUnknown exact date, most accepted early 1920sRivalsBloods Florencia 13 Playboys6 more rows