Posted on September 23, 2009

‘Black Flight’ the New ‘White Flight’ in Detroit?

Jonathan Oosting, MLive.com, Sept. 22, 2009

After decades of “white flight,” African Americans are now leaving Detroit at a higher rate than their white neighbors, according to estimates released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The total population estimate for the city fell to 912,062 in 2008, a .5 percent decrease from 2007, indicating that roughly 6,609 people live in each of Detroit’s 138 square miles.

Estimates for single-race African Americans fell 3.8 percent in 2008 to 643,200, according to the bureau’s American Community Survey data.

The estimated number single-race white residents remained virtually unchanged at 86,072.

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“Black flight” has been a relatively consistent phenomenon in Detroit since the last official U.S. Census in 2000.

Regionally, the estimated number of African Americans in Wayne County dropped 9 percent since 2000, while Macomb and Oakland have both seen significant gains.

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