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March 27, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Black-flight from Cities

The USA Today  reports on the 2010 Census this week that the Black population has decreased in several major cities, as the population moves to the South and suburbs. A trend that was witnessed in Washington, D.C., the “Chocolate City.

20 of the 25 cities that have at least 250,000 people and a 20% black population either lost more blacks or gained fewer in the past decade than during the 1990s. The declines happened in some traditional black strongholds: Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Cleveland and St. Louis.

They link the decrease to three factors. Wealthier Blacks are moving to the burbs, others are returning to the South like other racial/ethnic groups, and slowing growth rates:

• Blacks — many in the middle or upper-middle class — leaving cities for the suburbs.

• Blacks leaving Northern cities for thriving centers in the South.

• The aging of the African-American population, whose growth rate has dropped from more than 16% in the 1990s to about 10% since 2000.

The New York Times also reported on the trend of Black moving to the South, point out that it’s a trend in reverse of the Great Migration.

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