Throughout major cities, African Americans have moved out of cities and created a mass migration away from urban areas throughout the nation. Where cities used to be predominantly black, they are now losing a key portion of their populations: blacks. The effects on African Americans are much more than what meet the eye.
A trend of black migration is occurring to where blacks are moving to suburbs, but also from northern cities to those in the south. This emigration is particularly being seen overall, on a state level, in California. While Los Angeles’s population is remaining steady and on par with other cities of the same caliber, the city is seeing a decline in its black population. Blacks were 9.7 percent of the city’s population in 2000 and 8.4 percent in 2010 (Black pop, 2014). As blacks migrate to suburbs, this leaves one to wonder how it will fair for the race in terms of employment competitiveness.
Orange County has long reported a population which hovered around two percent. Reasons such as economics and demographics, as well as old-school racial notions in the area, are in part to blame for this. In 2010, the census reported that blacks accounted for 1.5 percent of Orange County’s population, and that this percentage has rarely gone above the two percent rate. An influx of Latinos has occurred, with a later wave of Asian immigrants; however, blacks have never been shown strong numbers for immigrating to the county (Bessler).
Citizens who live on the outskirts of many major metropolitans have less access, if any, to mass transit. A recent Harvard University study concluded that economic mobility and geographic mobility are indeed tied to one another. This very notion is especially true in New York City, where less access to public transportation resulted in increased unemployment rates for a neighborhood (White, 2015). Here, many families, particularly minority families, are already at a disadvantage. It is a well-known fact that minorities, with the exceptions of Asian Americans, have a lower median household income. The changing dynamics will cause these minorities to be unable to afford to live in more urban locations – locations which cause benefit from available mass transit.
As African Americans continue to be disadvantaged by their nation, blacks have worked harder to overcome and to grow. One area to be celebrated for significant improvement is in education. High school dropout rates for African Americans has dropped from fifteen percent in 1993 to eight percent in 2013 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. According to recent statistics for college degrees or African American over the past fifteen years, black men have improved their graduation rate from twenty-eight percent to thirty-five percent and black women from thirty-four to forty-six percent. Education will be a primary driver to improving homeownership rates in the U.S. for African Americans, because it leads to better jobs and higher income. Want to know more? Go to www.thepowerisnow.com and join the buyer’s and seller’s club for free to get free support, consultation and information from me and my team. You have the power to change your life now because The Power Is Now.
Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA
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