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.