More Blacks Are Heading South

More Blacks Are Heading South

Published March 26, 2009

More Blacks are leaving the northern and western big cities for the South, according to an analysis of the 2000 Census by Brookings Institution scholar William H. Frey.

According to the analysis, while the Black populations of North and South Carolina are growing, cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles are seeing a decrease in Black residents, reports Greensboro’s News-Record.

Between 1975 and 2000, over 630,000 Blacks left the other U.S. regions for the South. In more recent figures, between 2006 and 2007, 92,000 Black Americans left the Northeast, Midwest and West for the South, according to “mobility figures” taken by the U.S. Census. A lower cost of living along with affordable housing and college tuition could be a few of the factors bringing Blacks – and other races – South.

The movement reverses a 40-year trend that saw many Blacks moving out of the South, thus creating “urban” American cities, a movement chronicled in “The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America” by Nicholas Lemann, reports the News-Record.


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