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The Top Ten Best Cities For African Americans

Black Enterprise, the leading magazine for African American business, has come out with their annual survey of the top American cities for African Americans. The criteria for measuring the cities includes median household income, percentage of households earning more than $100,000, percentage of businesses owned, percentage of college graduates. unemployment rates, home loan rejections, and homeowner rates.

What is most interesting on this list is what cities are not on the list. New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago all failed to make the list even though they have huge African American populations and all pride themselves on their progressive policies. But the opportunities for blacks according to this list is in the south. Growing up in New York and living in Atlanta, you can see the difference.

New York was all about telling everyone how they were focused on helping minorities, but in every place I lived, blacks and whites never lived together. In every street or apartment  complex in Atlanta that I have lived in blacks and whites lived together. While things are not perfect in Atlanta, the ethos of the city to busy to hate is evident from our day to day life and obviously the results of this survey.

The Top Ten Best Cities For African Americans

  1. Washington DC
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Indianapolis, IN
  9. Columbus, OH
  10. Jackson, FL

via Black Enterprise Magazine


  1. How bizarre. Just last month Raleigh-Durham was noted to be one of the worst places to get a loan. Statistics are funny.

    • Wow, what a racist little prick. Everyone appreciates how statistics can be manipulated to generalize a broader and complex issue. But whatever, I am sure you already know this. Good job though, it must be hardworking being such a proper lowlife. I love this new kind of hate speech, its very informative.

  2. I live in Washington, D.C. and I'm glad to see it listed as the best city for African-Americans. Washington, D.C. does have some neighborhoods that are predominantly white or black, yet I've never lived in a more integrated city. It's like you said: everyone here is too busy to hate. I've lived here for five years (grew up on St. Louis) and of all the places I've traveled, there's no place else I'd rather live.

  3. I see Los Angeles is not on the list and I see why. It's one of the worst cities for blacks to live in. It's hard to find housing out here or get a loan here if your black. I see why a lot of my classmates who graduated from crenshaw high school now live in the south I'm moving to Atlanta I hate L.A. I'm going to buy a T shirt and put that on it too I Hate Hell A.

  4. I would not live in most of these cities. The crime rate and daily stress levels are too high. As an African-American I found it much less stressful and far more enjoyable to live in Portland, Oregon (which, by the way, has virtually no housing discrimination and enormous business opportunities for minorities).

    • Now, I can agree on that one there. I went to Medford, Oregon a couple of years ago. I thought I was invisible to everybody out there, but they show so much LOVE to African-American it is just funny. So many different things to do out there and the valley is so beautiful.

  5. Albert V. Weaver

    I visited Atlanta 10 years ago. The suburb I visited was very nice, but all black. I wonder about Pittsburgh,PA where I grew up. As soon as a black family moved into a neighborhood, the next door houses would be up for sale in a few weeks. That probably happened in the Atlanta suburb I visited. As far as Oregon is concerned I think the entire Northwest is somewhat more open minded. That opinion comes from my experience in the state of Washington as a sailor in 1943. Which reminds me of what happened to Louis, an AfroAmerican sailor, who while eating a milkshake in a diary restaurant was accosted by a white girl who invited him home where her mother fixed lunch and some neighbors came over to meet the sailor boy. But when her father came home he firmly, but apologetically cut off that romance. At that time,in other places, including Pittsburgh, he would have ended up in the hospital and for the daughter, a severe tongue lashing.

    • I agree. I live out here on the west coast. People do tend to be a little more open minded out here. But I like the east coast and the mid-west better because people are more up front with you about how they feel. People out here are superficial. They are not upfront with how they feel.

  6. I live in Indianapolis, and to me, it seems a little conservative. However, I notice there are much more African American homeowners than what I've seen on the West and East coast. In addition, there are many African American middle class families that live west, east and north of Indy.
    Not just one side of town.

  7. i dont see AZ on here

  8. I was born and raised in Atlanta Ga, And I totally disagree based on the facts that your stats exempt networking as a primary factor in getting a job or to creat a business opportunity. you must know people here to get in where you fit in. These networks are very tight-nit, and it's all about who you know regardless of college education. I got more opportunity in the North then I did where I'm from.

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