Census Shows African Americans Leaving High-Priced Suburbs

April 28, 2011  |  

(Chicago Magazine) — As home prices soared in the first years of the 21st century, several of Chicago’s most desirable suburbs saw their African American population decrease, according to new data from the Metropolitan Planning Council. At the same time, the African American population boomed in some of the outer-ring suburbs, where inexpensive subdivision houses were built in large numbers between 2000 and 2010.  “We’re seeing some large shifts in population that seem to be connected to housing choices [and] housing prices,” says Joanna Trotter, the community development director for the Metropolitan Planning Council. “Some communities are not keeping a lot of lower-cost options, so people are going where it’s more affordable.”  The three towns that lost the largest proportion of their black populations were, in order from the largest loss, Geneva, Glencoe, and Glenview. As shown in the chart below, each of those towns lost more than 30 percent of their African American population between 2000 and 2010.

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