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African American population declines in St. Louis and several metro areas

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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:07 am

According to USA Today, St. Louis is among the major cities experiencing a decline in its black population.

2010 Census data released so far this year show that 20 of the 25 cities that have at least 250,000 people and a 20% black population either lost more blacks or gained fewer in the past decade than during the 1990s. The declines happened in some traditional black strongholds: Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Cleveland in addition to St. Louis.

The loss is said to be fueled by three distinct trends:

--Blacks - many in the middle or upper-middle class - leaving cities for the suburbs.

--Blacks leaving Northern cities for thriving centers in the South.

--The aging of the African-American population, whose growth rate has dropped from more than 16% in the 1990s to about 10% since 2000.

Atlanta's loss of blacks tripled since 2000 to almost 30,000. The percentage of blacks in the city shrank to 53% from 61%. But in Atlanta's vast metropolitan area, the black population soared 40% to 1.7 million, a clear indication that many spread out to suburban counties. The Atlanta region has the second-largest black population after New York.

The trend is playing out differently in Chicago. The city lost more than 200,000 residents, and more than 180,000 of them were African-American. In the metropolitan area, the black population fell 3.5% to 1.6 million, pushing it 66,000 below metro Atlanta's.

Information from USA Today contributed to this report.

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  • hennee posted at 8:47 am on Sun, Mar 27, 2011.

    hennee Posts: 1

    Because of 40 years of legally killing black babies, 13 million of them are gone. Every day 1876 more are added to the medical trash cans of Planned Parenthood and other clinics. In the land of free choice and the home of the brave abortionists, half a million black babies have been murdered legally on their families' nickel. How horrifying is that?

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