This is a list of independent Italian crime families around the world that are considered to be part of Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). This list does not include all Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, Stidda or Mala del Brenta clans ("crime families").

Italy[edit | edit source]

Sicily[edit | edit source]

According to the Chief Prosecutor of Palermo, Francesco Messineo, there are 94 Mafia families in Sicily subject to 29 mandamenti.[1]

Province of Palermo[edit | edit source]

The Province is divided into six mandamenti. The city of Palermo is divided into eight mandamenti.

Province of Agrigento[edit | edit source]

United States[edit | edit source]

There were 26 active Mafia families throughout the United States.[2][3][4]

Northeastern United States[edit | edit source]

New York[edit | edit source]

Western New York

New Jersey[edit | edit source]

There are seven Mafia families operating in the State, the "Five families" of New York, the "Philadelphia crime family" and the only original family of New Jersey the "DeCavalcante family".[5]

Pennsylvania[edit | edit source]

New England[edit | edit source]

The New England area is divided using the Connecticut river, the territory east of is controlled by the Patriarca crime family while the territory west of the river is controlled by the Five families of New York.[6][7]

Midwestern United States[edit | edit source]

Illinois[edit | edit source]

Michigan[edit | edit source]

Missouri[edit | edit source]

Ohio[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Southern United States[edit | edit source]

Alabama[edit | edit source]

  • Birmingham crime family – defunct since 1938[8]

Florida[edit | edit source]

The Florida Trafficante family has maintained control in North and Central Florida. While the South Florida metropolitan area has been considered open territory since the 1930s. With the death of Trafficante Jr. the entire state has become open territory.[9]

Louisiana[edit | edit source]

Texas[edit | edit source]

Western United States[edit | edit source]

California[edit | edit source]

Nevada[edit | edit source]

Las Vegas is considered open territory allowing many crime families to operate in the city's Casinos. Since the 1930s the Five Families of New York and the Midwest families have owned and operated in Casinos in the Las Vegas Strip.

Colorado[edit | edit source]

Washington[edit | edit source]

Canada[edit | edit source]

Province of Quebec[edit | edit source]

In Quebec there are two types of Italian organized crime Cosa Nostra and Camorra.

Province of Ontario[edit | edit source]

In Northern and Southern Ontario there are two types of Italian organized crime Cosa Nostra and 'Ndrangheta.[18]

United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Scotland[edit | edit source]

Australia[edit | edit source]

New South Wales[edit | edit source]

Victoria[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


  1. Template:It icon Radiografia della mafia di oggi; Cosa nostra influenza 300 mila voti, La Repubblica (Palermo edition), July 20, 2010
  2. Milhorn, p.216
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Porrello, Rick (1999). "26 Family Cities". Rick Porrello's Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "The American Mafia - Crime Bosses". The American Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Changing Face of Organized in New Jersey A Status Report. May 2004. (pg 91-140)
  6. Mario Machi, Allan May and Charlie Molino. New England - Providence, RI. 1999.
  7. Ted Shaffrey. An Insider Look at The Connecticut Mob. December 1, 2005.
  8. Bill Bonanno, and Gary B. Abromovitz The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia p.72-73
  9. 9.0 9.1 Scott Deitche. The Mob. April 26, 2001. ( [1]
  10. 6 Fla. members of Bonanno crime family admit guilt (October 14, 2009) New York Post
  11. "Miami Mobster, 95, Arrested, Is Among 32 Under Indictment" By Sean Gardiner (February 24, 2006) Sun
  12. D. Lea Jacobs and Anthony Daniels. Friend of the family: An undercover Agent in the mafia. Pg. 97
  13. Capeci p.92
  14. Capeci p. 93
  15. J.M. Kalil. Reputed Mob Soldier met with Mayor at City Hall. Las Vegas Review Journal. May 16, 2003 [2]
  16. John Marzulli. Gangster's too ill for court, not wedding. New York Daily News. February 2, 2008. [3]
  17. Feds bust Colacurcio crime family's four Puget Sound strip clubs by Michael Rollins (June 3, 2008) The Oregonian
  18. 18.0 18.1 Adrian Humphreys "A New Mafia: Crime families ruling Toronto, Italy alleges" (September 24, 2010)
  19. A New Mafia: Crime families ruling Toronto, Italy alleges 9-25-2010. Mafia
  20. Marc Horne. Dons on the Don Scotland on Sunday. January 27, 2008
  21. Italian mafia laundering cocaine money Down Under,, April 11, 2008
  22. The Fixer: The Rise and Fall of Australian Drug Lord Robert Trimbole, Patrick Bellamy, The Crime Library
  23. The Gangland War, State Library of Victoria
  24. Omerta in the Antipodes, Time, Jan. 31, 1964


  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Milhorn, H. Thomas. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers. Universal Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58112-489-9

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