Brookings: The rise of black-majority cities

Brookings, February 26th, 2019: The rise of black-majority cities

American cities in which blacks constitute a majority of the population—what we call “black-majority cities”—are on the rise.

They include the core cities of metropolitan areas like Detroit, Baltimore, and Memphis as well as smaller suburban municipalities like East Cleveland, Ohio, Wilkinsburg, Pa., and Ferguson, Mo. Black-majority cities (which include cities, towns, and other census-designated places) numbered 460 at the 1970 census, and 1,148 by the 2010 census.

And, as of the latest census estimates (2017), there are now 1,262 black-majority cities, an increase of more than 100 such cities during this decade alone.

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