*More and more it seems that the big city is just not making it anymore as far as African Americans are concerned and are either moving out or not moving in. This could affect African-American political power according to data from the first results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population census.
The population of the nation’s capital now exceeds 600,000 residents, 53 percent of whom are African American, and there has been a gain of nearly 30,000 new Washingtonians since a decade ago. But, according to Census Bureau data released Dec. 21 and cited by The Washington Post, much of the increase is due to an ongoing influx of Hispanics and Whites moving into the city-a change brought on by a gentrification process that has forced many African-Americans out of city neighborhoods.
According to the Post, Blacks in D.C. face the prospect of being a population minority in the city by the time of the next census in 2020.
In New York, the number of Blacks leaving the city has exceeded the departure of Whites since 2000, and as a result, that city has now suffered an overall decline in Black population for the first time in history.
The Post also reported that, according to census data, Los Angeles has seen its Black population shrink from around 18 percent in 1970 to 9.9 percent four years ago.
Though a growing number of people are seeking out warmer climates, census results show that Blacks appear to be returning to family roots in the South or relocating to suburbs near the cities they are leaving.