The 10 Best Cities To Raise African-American Families

May 30, 2010  |  

What’s worse than living in a town you absolutely hate? Finding out that there was a study done and a whole panel of folks agree with you.

So Madames, before you pack your precious belongings and family into a U-Haul and head North, South, East or West, check out this list of the best cities to raise a family.

Note: Please take this list with a grain of salt. While some families prefer a neighborhood with average schools, with access to a booming cultural mecca in their backyard, others would rather have top notch schools for their children in a town where there is not much action. Different strokes for different folks. When in doubt, ask friends if they know people who live in the area you are thinking of calling home.

To consider a place a sanctuary for African Americans, this Madame Noire list (unscientificly) compiled metro areas that provide good public education, affordable housing, sustainable median household income and a vibrant social life. We also took into consideration the percentage of black population living in the area, the number of black-owned businesses, the percentage of black college graduates and medical care. When combined we arrived at this final ranking of the top 10 cities for African-American families.

Madame Noire’s Top 10 Cities For African-American Families:

  1. Washington, D.C. Metro (D-M-V)
  2. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Jacksonville, FL
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. Houston, TX
  9. Birmingham, AL
  10. Memphis, TN

Chicago, once considered the black capital of the United States, has been surpassed by Atlanta, Georgia, as the city with the second-largest black population in America. According to a new report, “The State of Metropolitan America,” by the Brookings Institute, the New York metro area has by far the largest number of African Americans — over 3 million, almost as many as Chicago and Atlanta combined.

Do you agree with our Top 10 List?

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