San Diego Hoods

Map and Short Story of San Diego Ghetto & Gangs

The city right next to the Mexican border, also known as Daygo, has a mixture of all races that include white, black, Asian, and Hispanic.  All have their own separate San Diego gangs and reside in their own San Diego hoods, but often many communities are mixed.

San Diego County of southern California has over 3 million people with the San Diego black population equaling 6%, Asians accounting for 13%, San Diego’s Hispanic population totaling 34% and the white community being the largest with over 46% of the total population.

San Diego Hoods: Black Population

The black population resides in the streets of the San Diego ghetto and urban neighborhoods of the Southeast Side and the East Side.  These two sections began to have an influx of African Americans during San Diego’s early days as black people were forced to live in communities of Southeast San Diego.

Sections of Southeast San Diego would later become home to neighborhoods like Market Street, Skyline, Lincoln Park, and several others.

San Diego Hoods: Asian Community

The Asian community of the San Diego ghetto, which also includes the city’s Pacific Islander population, has been around as long as any other group. Asians originally came to California as workers on ships and fishing boats years ago.

Most of San Diego’s Asian population lives in the North County section of San Diego, as well around Paradise Valley Road and Skyline in the Southeast San Diego.

San Diego Hoods: Hispanic Population

With a close location to Mexico the story of the San Diego Hispanic population starts when the city was first developed as the United States over took parts of the old Mexican territory.

The San Diego Hispanic population started around the Old Town neighborhood, which is northwest of downtown San Diego, and would later grow into numerous neighborhoods throughout the city, with areas like Barrio Logan being the largest.

Today’s San Diego Ghetto

Today, gentrification in San Diego has been expanding into neighborhoods like Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights and slowly making its way into Southeast San Diego.  With gentrification the lower income residents of San Diego’s inner city communities are been forced to relocate into the outskirts, like Lemon Grove or Spring Valley.

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San Diego Gangs and Affiliations

The city has numerous San Diego gangs and affiliations of all of the races throughout the North County, Southeast, East Side, South Bay and East County sections of the San Diego’s metropolitan area.

Since Hispanics and whites make up majority of the population, San Diego is made up of various Varrios, Hispanic gangs, and biker gangs.

With a close location to Los Angeles the streets of the San Diego ghetto has also adopted Blood and Crip affiliations into their own culture. This can be viewed on the map above in areas like Neighborhood 40s Crips, Lincoln Park Bloods, and more.

In California, San Diego Asian gangs are just as active as any other race in the state of California.  Some of the Asian San Diego gangs have ties to the Bloods and Crips, while others do not and align themselves to their own affiliations.  The main Asian gangs consist of the Asian Boys, Oriental Crips and the Deep Valley Bloods.

Currently, San Diego gangs have become less active as the city is entering in a new era within the urban San Diego neighborhoods.  Larger police presence, less need to commit crimes, gentrification, incarceration and deaths of previous generations, are just some of the many reasons why the streets have become much less active than the 1980s, 1990s or even the 2000s.

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