African-Americans returning to the South
New census figures show a reverse migration of African Americans from big cities in the Northeast and Midwest back to the South. Charles Fishburne reports.
New York and Chicago are posting their first declines in the African-American population since 1980, while Atlanta, Dallas and Houston now account for about 75% of their population gains.
In all, about 57% of US blacks now live in the South, a jump from 53% in the 1970s. They are returning to fast-growing areas in the once-segregated South in search of better job opportunities and quality of life.
African-Americans now make up about 19 percent of Virginia’s eight million population, according to the 2010 census.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News