Spanish meaning "Northerner"; Nortenos claim red as their color and often wear red rags (bandanas) around their heads or hang them from their pockets. Their number is 14, X4 or XIV in Roman numerals. 14 is significant because the fourteenth letter in the alphabet is N, which stands for Norte. Most Nortenos are born in the United States and speak fluent English and Spanish. They engage in activities such as tag
ging and hustling. Their hated enemies are Surenos, or "Southerners", who claim blue as their color and 13, XIII or X3.
Hayward is home to many Nortenos.