More Blacks Going For Suburbs, Fast-Growing Locations

Haya El Nasser and Brad Heath, USA Today, August 9, 2007

African-Americans are moving to the South in large numbers and trading some northern cities for their suburbs. Those are among the population trends highlighted by demographic data released today by the Census Bureau.

Among counties with more than 100,000 residents, those that gained the greatest number of blacks from 2000 to 2006 are in Georgia, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

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The black population slipped in places such as New York City and Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago. Many Northern cities lost blacks to Southern counties and to the suburbs of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Detroit, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio.

“The new theme for blacks this decade is that they’re moving to places that had been primary destinations for whites,” Frey says. “They’re moving to the suburbs and … fast-growing areas.”

Other trends in the July 1, 2006, data:

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o Blacks and Hispanics are contributing a greater share to the growth of suburban and exurban counties in large metro areas, Frey says. In the 1990s, for example, blacks accounted for 12.4% of the growth in suburbs. That has jumped to 16.6% since 2000. Hispanics went from 18.9% to 24.5%.

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