Ganton, Los Santos, as viewed to the east in GTA San Andreas.

Ganton is a deprived district in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas located in the eastern part of Los Santos, San Andreas and based on real life Compton.

Ganton is a stronghold of the Grove Street Families, as Grove Street is located here, and is populated by many Grove Street Family gang members. These include Carl Johnson, Sweet and Ryder. Former residents at the beginning of GTA San Andreas include Beverly and Brian Johnson (both deceased) and Big Smoke (who moved to Idlewood).

In Grand Theft Auto V, Ganton is replaced with the incorporated City of Davis, however Grove Street still remains. By 2013 the Ballas are in control of the Davis area.


Ganton is depicted as a crack-ridden ghetto with small houses. In Grove Street, there is a large presence of Grove Street Families members, hookers and drug dealers. There are many low-class businesses and stores and cheap cars. The district seems to be void of landmarks, and the only real landmark is the sewer near the district which is supposed to symbolize the Los Angeles River.

Events of GTA San Andreas

Ganton is the main stronghold of the Grove Street Families, but begins to come under increasing pressure from Ballas gang members, hoping to take the area for the Ballas. This is facilitated by Big Smoke, Ryder and B Dup, who are secretly aligned with the Ballas. Drugs have become a problem in Ganton, mainly through Smoke and Ryder buying drugs off Mike Toreno, T-Bone Mendez and Jizzy B. (the Loco Syndicate).

Ganton eventually falls into the hands of the Ballas gang after Carl Johnson is taken to Whetstone by C.R.A.S.H. and Sweet is arrested and imprisoned. The Grove Street Families disband with no leader, although former gang members continue to wear the green. They more than likely continue to reside in Ganton, although they are not visible on the streets during Carl and Sweet's absence. The former Grove Street Family gang members, under the influence of Big Smoke, co-operate with the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos.

Carl and Sweet (released via Mike Toreno) later return to Ganton, which is in disarray due to the influx of drugs. They re-claim Ganton as Grove Street territory (re-establishing the gang), and use Ganton as a base for invading other districts (such as Idlewood). Ganton, along with the rest of Los Santos, is later plagued by riots following the acquittal of Frank Tenpenny, although Carl and Sweet manage to 'lock-down' Grove Street, and bring stability to Ganton as a whole. Ganton serves as the place of death for Tenpenny, who crashes a Fire Truck over a bridge and into Grove Street.

Notable residents

Name Dates Notes
Carl Johnson Until 1987
From 1992
Born in the Johnson House and lived there until the death of his brother Brian in 1987 but returned in 1992 to attend the funeral of his mother. Later forced by C.R.A.S.H. to move to Whetstone but later returns with help from Mike Toreno.
Sweet Unknown Born in the Johnson House and moved into the house next door. Later imprisoned and removed from Ganton but returns with help from Carl Johnson and Mike Toreno.
Kendl Johnson Until 1992 Born in the Johnson House and continued living there until 1992 when she is forced to leave the city and lives in Angel Pine with boyfriend Cesar Vialpando, before moving to San Fierro to help Carl Johnson with his run down garage. Later returns to Los Santos but moves to El Corona with Vialpando.
Brian Johnson Until 1987 Born in the Johnson House and continued living there until his death in 1987.
Beverly Johnson Until 1992 Lived in the Johnson House for an unknown amount of time until her death in 1992.
Ryder Until 1992 Lived in his home in Grove Street for an unknown amount of time until his death at the hands of Carl Johnson while attempting to return to Los Santos.
Big Smoke Unknown Lived in Ganton for an unknown amount of time until moving to his new house in Idlewood, believed to be in early 1992, later moves to East Los Santos.
B Dup Until 1992 Lived in Ganton for an unknown amount of time, known to live in an apartment with Big Bear, until 1992 when he moved to Glen Park.
Big Bear Until 1992
From 1992
Lived in Ganton for an unknown amount of time, known to live in an apartment with B Dup, until 1992 when he moved to Glen Park, later leaves Glen Park and returns to Ganton.
Denise Robinson Unknown Lived in her house in Ganton for an unknown period of time.
OG Loc Unknown Lived in Ganton, at an unknown location, for an unknown period of time, seen to host a party in Grove Street.

Prominent locations

Characters' homes

Interactive locations

Non-interactive locations


Spawned vehicles

  • BMX: On the north side of the Grove Street cul-de-sac.
  • Boxville (Black): Between the apartment south of Ganton Gym. Activates "Burglar"
  • Greenwood: Sweet's car, located in front of his house at the Grove Street cul-de-sac.
  • Hustler: Denise Robinson's car, located in front of her house.
  • Hydra: Spawns on top of Sweet's house after 100% completion.
  • Picador: Ryder's car that spawns beside his house.
  • Rhino: Spawns under the bridge to and from the Grove Street cul-de-sac after 100% completion.
  • Sabre


  • Police Bribe (appears in the alley east of the Johnson house)