Study: Atlanta Becomes Second Largest Black Metropolis

According to “The State of Metropolitan America,” a new report published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, Atlanta is now second only to New York City, as the metropolitan area with the most African Americans. According to the study:

The South accounted for fully 75 percent of the nation’s black population gains from 2000 to 2008, up from 65 percent in the 1990s.

Released in advance of the 2010 Census results by the Brookings Institution, one of the nation’s oldest D.C. think tanks, the report reveals our society is undergoing a dramatic transformation. As America continues to shift toward a “minority majority,” the demographic for African Americans in the South is changing as well. More from the “Race and Ethnicity” chapter of the report

Atlanta also far surpassed other metropolitan areas in its black population gain during the 2000s. Its large middle-class black population, along with its diversified and growing economy, provided a continued draw for African Americans from across the country. Nine of the top 10 metro areas for black population gains from 2000 to 2008 are located in the South, including the three “New South” areas of Charlotte, Orlando, and Tampa. These regions are attracting more highly-educated blacks, including those from northern destinations. Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Dallas rank sixth, ninth, and 25th, respectively, on the share of black adults with a bachelor’s degree, whereas Philadelphia and Detroit rank, respectively, 59th and 79th.

If you’d like to hear more about the study and how the findings will effect the emerging immigration debate, Brookings is featuring a live web chat with Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program, on Wednesday, May 19, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST. POLITICO senior editor David Mark will moderate the discussion.

To download the full study, click here.

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