Over the past decade, the south has experienced a boom period in the movement of African-American families.

The shift of the black middle class from northern sites to southern cities is exemplified through results from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Between 2000 and 2009, 25 metropolitan cities in the United States have experienced the largest growth of the African-American population. The biggest hot-spot in the south is Atlanta, which has been noted as an attractive place for growing black professionals. The city gained 500,000 in the past decade, followed by Dallas. In additional, Atlanta’s crowd of college degree holding citizens increased to 24.6% from 21.5%.

Charlotte, North Carolina and Houston also experienced an increase in their college-educated pool and African-American citizenship. By 2009, Washington D.C. held the largest share of college-educated blacks, leading ahead of San Jose, California, which was the largest spot in 2000.

Cities that saw a lost in their African-American population were both in the North and the far West; Cleaved, Detroit, and Los Angeles all experienced a decline.

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  • African Mami

    Oh my goodness. I am so over these stat collections with absolutely no basis. The twitter one is a good example, and this one is a prime example. SO WHAT DOES THE SHIFT INDICATE??? BETTER JOB OPPORTUNITIES, BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEMS,BETTER INFRASTUCTURE IN THESE STATES??? Or are we now in the business of reporting ‘high numbers’ in certain areas with no credence as to what this essentially means. Numbers don’t mean shit if a co-relation to the aforementioned cannot be made….So over these stats.

  • dvine

    i’m not believing that.. i’m always told there aren’t that many opportunities toward the south so why are ppl flocking there..

  • ash

    im from the south i been trying to live since i got out the womb now im gone.. and in the promise land of the north

    • isolde

      It depends on what southern state you live in. I grew up in the tri-state area, only coming down south for the summer to visit family. Initially I was dying to get back, but then the lower cost of living, fewer barriers to entry when starting a business, real estate prices, better, cheaper, world class public universities, slightly warmer winters, etc. — well let’s just say, now I do my visiting up north, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

      However, I think you should go live up in the “promised land” for a while. It may make you appreciate what you left behind.

  • Tiffany W.

    If this study is not true, then it certainly feels like it in Atlanta. I hardly meet people in Atlanta that are from Atlanta. The south has a lower cost of living/taxes/school, so that could be an attractive thing to move to.

  • KristinaAmira

    This is just an article about where educated black people are moving. This article is a benefit to me growing up in a predominately white city (Denver), it’s nice to be around educated black people (I’ve lived in Atlanta).Some people need to calm down, take the article at face value as a good piece of info, and move on.