Black Exodus: American Cities Losing African-American Residents

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  • Black Exodus
  • San Francisco
  • Washington D.C.
  • Detroit
  • Oakland
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Atlanta

San Francisco

San Francisco, once the home to Fillmore and other thriving Black middle-class neighborhoods, has seen the steepest decline in Black population than any other U.S. city. According to census data, the Black population plunged from 13.4 percent of city residents in 1970 to 6.5 percent in 2005. The African-American population continued to decline reaching 6.1 percent in 2012.

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