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2 of 1000 DOCUMENTS The New York Times March 25, 2011 Friday Late Edition - Final Many U.S. Blacks Moving to South, Reversing Trend BYLINE: By SABRINA TAVERNISE and ROBERT GEBELOFF; Sabrina Tavernise reported from Washington, and Robert Gebeloff from New York. Robbie Brown contributed reporting from Atlanta. SECTION: Section A; Column 0; National Desk; Pg. 1 LENGTH: 1093 words WASHINGTON -- The percentage of the nation's black population living in the South has hit its highest point in half a century, according to census data released Thursday, as younger and more educated black residents move out of declining cities in the Northeast and Midwest in search of better opportunities. The share of black population growth that has occurred in the South over the past decade -- the highest since 1910, before the Great Migration of blacks to the North -- has upended some long-held assumptions. Both Michigan and Illinois, whose cities have rich black cultural traditions, showed an overall loss of blacks for the first time, said William Frey, the chief demographer at the Brookings Institution. And Atlanta, for the first time, has replaced Chicago as the metro area with the largest number of African-Americans after New York. About 17 percent of blacks who moved to the South in the past decade left New York State, far more than from any other state, the census data show. At the same time, blacks have begun leaving cities for more affluent suburbs in large numbers, much like generations of whites before them. ''The notion of the North and its cities as the promised land has been a powerful part of African-American life, culture and history, and now it all seems to be passing by,'' said Clement Price, a professor of history at Rutgers-Newark. ''The black urban experience has essentially lost its appeal with blacks in America.'' During the turbulent 1960s, black population growth ground to a halt in the South, and Southern states claimed less than
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course ECON 2200 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '07 term at UGA.

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