Sacramento Hoods: Top 10 Sacramento Gangs & Hood Areas

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Sacramento Hoods

Map and Top 10 List of Sacramento Gangs

While the streets of Los Angeles and the streets of northern California cities like Oakland and San Francisco have received the most attention and recognition, the state’s capital of Sacramento is no different. With major ties to both regions of L.A. County and the Bay Area, Sacramento hoods have a long history, dating to the 1950s and 1960s, while Sacramento gangs began during the 1970s, if not before. From Asian and Pacific Islander gangs, like the Tongan Crips and Sons of Samoa, to Mexican gangs, like various Norteno sets, to the Crips and Bloods, Sacramento has its upsides and downsides, from the suburbs to the Sacramento ghetto.

Top 10 Sacramento Hoods

Sacramento Hoods: Oak Park

Made famous by top West Coast rapper Mozzy, Oak Park is possibly the most known area and hood of Sacramento. Aligned with the Bloods, which started during the 1980s, originally the Oak Park neighborhood was known for one of the most notable old school Sacramento gangs, the Funk Lords.

With a Los Angeles presence of L.A. County gang members entering the community and the rise of drug trade during the crack epidemic, Oak Park quickly changed from the Funk Lords to the Oak Park Bloods. Over the years sets like 4th Ave and 33rd Street, which were the original blocks of Oak Park, and street beefs with neighborhoods throughout the city helped build the reputation of Oak Park.

Located in Midtown, Oak Park is one of the oldest black communities in the city of Sacramento. When urban renewal destroyed certain sections of Sacramento’s original black community, which was located in the South Side Park neighborhood, many families relocated into areas like Oak Park, which added to the already existing black population of the North Oak Park neighborhood.

Today, like urban renewal of the city’s earlier days, neighborhoods like Oak Park of the Sacramento ghetto are experiencing much gentrification, especially around Broadway with the relocation of businesses and longtime residents as the community is slowly entering a new era of new occupants.

Sacramento Hoods: Valley Hi

Another notable and recognized South Sacramento neighborhood, the Valley Hi community is on the southern edge of the city. Built during the 1960s and 1970s as a suburb of the city, the makeup of the neighborhood is far from being considered as a section of the Sacramento ghetto. White flight with growing black population into the Meadowview neighborhood and other South Sacramento communities gave way for various races to move into Valley Hi.

Home to Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans, Valley Hi has adopted various gangs and affiliations, with the most known being the Valley Hi Crips, in which was based around the 6500 block of the community. Not as street active as other areas on the South Side, Valley Hi has become mostly clique based and has been home to various black and Hispanic gangs and affiliations.

Sacramento Hoods: Del Paso Heights

On the city’s North Side resides one of the largest and most known hoods of the Sacramento ghetto, but also one of the city’s original neighborhoods.  Originally an all-white community, the migration of southern African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s led Del Paso Heights to become predominantly black, becoming one of the very first all-black neighborhoods in the city. Decades later, Hispanics and Asians have moved into the area, leading to a diverse North Sacramento neighborhood with Hispanics being the majority.

Since the 1980s, Del Paso Heights Bloods has arguably been one of the largest Sacramento gangs, gaining enemies throughout the city like Strawberry Manor, Oak Park and Nogales Street. As mentioned, one of the largest hoods of the Sacramento, Del Paso Heights has multiple sets and blocks, with the most notable being Elm Street. Elm Street alone has been the most influential and the most notorious, often at the forefront of much Del Paso Heights activity.

Sacramento Hoods: G Parkway

Home to the Starz and top rapper CML Lavish D, G Parkway was one of the most infamous housing complexes in the city. While never officially being affiliated with the Bloods or Crips, G Parkway, also known as G-Mobb, was located off Franklin Blvd as originally the Franklin Villa apartments. With such of reputation that police would often feared entering the complex, the complex was eventually rebuilt into Phoenix Park during the mid-2000s and is now completely of the past.

A long history of street activity, from out of towners from places like the Bay Area occupying the area to being once affiliated with Garden Blocc to a number of indictments, G-Parkway was often viewed as the most notorious of all Sacramento gangs, even though technically G-Mobb did not align themselves with any specific affiliation, other than their neighborhood.

Sacramento Hoods: Northgate

One of the city’s most known and recognized Hispanic communities that has often displayed much Mexican culture and heritage. A neighborhood that dates back to the early 1900s, expanding from 1920s and 1930s to the 1950s and 1960s, Northgate is a historic North Sacramento neighborhood within the city’s Hispanic population. Became officially part of the city by the 1960s, Northgate is home to various Norteno Sacramento gangs, like  Varrio Northgate and Varrio Gardenland, two reputable Norteno hoods that are allied together.

Sacramento Hoods: Garden Blocc

Located in the Meadowview neighborhood, not to be mistaken for the Meadowview Bloods, Garden Blocc has for long been one of the most reputable Sacramento gangs and hoods on the city’s South Side. The notoriety and reputation of Garden Blocc dates multiple generations, which was also facilitated by the city’s top old school rappers, like C-Bo, X-Raided, and Brotha Lynch Hung.

Based around 29th Street, among other blocks, Garden Blocc was one of the city’s very first and most influential Crip sets in the city. While Garden Blocc was much more notorious back in the day, the Crips of South Sacramento still have a presence, just not as dominate as previous eras.

Sacramento Hoods: Meadowview

The Meadowview neighborhood, which expands from Florin Road to Cosumnes River Blvd, was originally an all-white community until changes with white flight led to the area to become an all-black neighborhood by the 1970s. Eventually, the Meadowview name would become infamous among the reputation of South Sacramento. Beginning south of Meadowview Road (665), the notoriety of Sacramento gangs expanded across Meadowview Road, dividing the area into the 665 to the south and 6900 to the north.

Sacramento Hoods: Broderick

Located on the city’s West Side, Broderick is possibly the only hood within West Sacramento. The smallest section of the city, West Sacramento’s demographics mainly include Hispanics alongside white families and other races. Historically being a Mexican neighborhood, the streets of Broderick have aligned themselves with Nortenos, becoming Broderick Boys 14, who have been around since the 1970s, long before the rise of Nortenos.

Sacramento Hoods: Lincoln Village

Officially located in the city of Rancho Cordova of Sacramento County, Lincoln Village, alongside hoods like White Rock, have historically been considered as the heart of the East Side. Being well known for generations, this section of the city has been known to be home to the East Side Pirus, which began during the 1980s. As mention, Lincoln Village’s reputation dates back decades due to the fact the community is considered as one of the oldest black communities in the city.

Sacramento Hoods: North Highlands

A community that was once centered around the former McClellan Air Force Base, the attraction of affordable housing led to many relocated and move into the North Sacramento community. Surrounded by the suburbs, North Highlands is its own city that falls right outside of the Sacramento city limits, being policed by the Sacramento County Sheriffs.

A diverse community of Hispanics, African Americans, and whites, North Highlands began to change during the 1980s and 1990s, and possibly hitting its peak of street activity during the 2000s, North Highlands has traditionally consisted of Crips and Nortenos, but also Bloods and Surenos. The Crips of North Highlands has had the largest and the longest presence, especially in places like A Street, Oakhollow, Greenholme, or Hillsdale that have historically been the heart of the neighborhood.

Sacramento Hoods: Strawberry Manor

Even though South Sacramento is larger and the most known side of the city, the cluster of communities on the North Side from El Camino Avenue to Strawberry Manor to Del Paso Heights has led to the infamous reputation of North Sacramento.

Long before the arrival of Sacramento gangs, black families were fleeing from racism and discrimination in the South and began relocating into Sacramento during a time when World War I & World War II provided numerous job opportunities. As industries were recruiting African-Americans, Sacramento’s black population would eventually create communities in small pockets of the city, usually in the near distance of their place of employment.

While Strawberry Manor may not have been the original black community of the city, but Strawberry Manor has been an all-black neighborhood for decades, at least until the start of the 2000s as the Asian population began to relocate into the area.

Though a smaller hood, Strawberry Manor affiliates is among the city’s top Sacramento gangs, which has been broadcasted through the notorious back and forth with Del Paso Heights and the recent gang sweeps and indictments during the late 2010s.

Map of Sacramento Gangs

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