- Money or Average income
- Political Representation
America’s first Chocolate city, with a Black Mayor (Black Mayor since 1967-First Major US City to do so), Black president, a Black Majority, Prince George County- the richest BMC and one of the richest counties in America, and home to a reputable Black University, Howard University, a city thats ranking as one of the best paying and millennial friendly cities, D.C. is responsible for more black internships than any other city in the U.S. Plus, Washington D.C. is the place to be if you want to rub elbows with some of America’s most influential people. DC has the highest percentage of Blacks with College Degrees. The median black household income in the metro area is $64,896, more than $20,000 above that of Atlanta and other top-ranked southern cities. Home ownership rates, at 49.2%, are also the highest in the nation. DC area is a home to Prince George’s County, Maryland, the second largest county in Maryland with 909,000 people, and the 70th most affluent county in the United States by median income for families and the most affluent county in the United States with an African-American majority. Almost 38.8% of all households in Prince George’s County, earned over $100,000 in 2008. Washington’s black community has strong institutions of culture and higher education. The District is home to Howard University, the nation’s second-ranked historically black university. Ranked as best city for Black Entrepreneurs
The top metro area in the U.S. for black households earning $100,000 or more nationwide is now Washington, D.C., at a penetration rate of 7.2 percent,
2. Atlanta, Georgia
Rated as the city where Blacks are doing the best economically. With its well-established religious and educational institutions, notably Spelman and Morehouse, which are ranked first and third, respectively, by US News among the nation’s historically black colleges, the area has arguably the strongest infrastructure for African-American advancement in the country. Atlanta has also had a Black mayor since 1970. The superlatives extend well beyond glamour to the basics of everyday life. Some 46.9% the metro area’s black population owned their own homes as of 2013, well above the 38% major metro average for African-Americans. Out of America’s 25 largest metros Atlanta is the 4th cheapest. And the cheapest sunbelt city.
Atlanta’s African-Americans have a median household income of $41,800, also considerably above the major metro average, while their rate of self-employment, 17.1%, is second only to New Orleans. Georgia is the State with with the highest number and Percentage Black owned Businesses with 256,848 . Dekalb County is the second richest Black majority county. In Places like Stockbridge African Americans make an average of $7,000 more than their white neighbors in Stockbridge, while 56 percent own their own homes.
Atlanta has third-highest total of African-American households with annual incomes of $100,000 or more at 3%. (after New York and Los Angeles) Popularly known as “Black Hollywood”, or “ATLwood” Atlanta is number 3 for filming locations Atlanta is perfect for aspiring rappers, actors, and entertainers. Atlanta also has the world’s busiest airport with direct locations to 215 cities more than any city in the country.
3. Houston, Texas
It is the fourth largest city in America, Houston boasts a large Black middle class, and a solid economy, it is also one of the most affordable cities in the nation. Phrases like “the new Black Mecca” and “the next Atlanta” have been used as if Houston is currently the best kept secret in Black America. Meanwhile, Houston has Texas Southern in the heart of the Third Ward (still the hub of inner-city African-American culture with things like Emancipation Park, TSU, Riverside, Project Row Houses, S.H.A.P.E, numerous mega-churches and the growing Almeda Rd. corridor) and Prairie View ATM just up the road off of US 290. Houston has been ranked as the best 3rd best city to start a Black Owned Business.Houston had the lowest rate of Black infantdeaths and a relatively low percentage of children living in single-parenthouseholds (typically without fathers).
In New York, the supplemental poverty rate for blacks is 26 percent. In California, it’s 30 percent. In Washington, D.C., it’s 33 percent.In Texas, it’s just 20 percent.In 2014,Texas had its lowest crime rate since 1968. And the improvements keep coming. Last year, while crime rates rose in other states, we saw them decrease by 5 percent in Houston, 5 percent in San Antonio, 5 percent in Dallas, 8 percent in Fort Worth, and 10 percent in Austin.
Texas’ high school graduation rate went from 27th in the country in 2003, to 2nd in the country in 2013. Our most recent graduation rate for African-Americans is number one in the nation: 13 points higher than the national average. Houston currently has a Black mayor and has had two in total. The good thing about this city is when other cities were abandoning affirmative action Houstonians went to the polls and supported it. Millions of dollars have gone to African-American firms here because of
affirmative action.” Houston is also home to CAMAC Energy the Second largest Black Owned Energy Company in America and it is also home the City that does the most trade with the African Continent at $20 billion. Ranked as Second best city for Black Entrepreneurs.
Energy is the primary factor in the Houston economy. Geoscientist and Petroleum Engineers, for example, are highly paid.
4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh ranked #2 in cities where African-Americans are doing best economically. Four factors – each weighted equally – were measured in this ranking: home ownership, entrepreneurship, median household income, and growth in African-American population. Raleigh is 30% Black. Raleigh is home to Shaw University, the first historically black university in the American South and site of the foundation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an important civil rights organization of the 1960s.
Durham is 40% Black
In the early 20th Century, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mechanics & Farmers Bank, and Mutual Savings & Loan were founded in Durham by African-Americans. These prominent companies drew more African-American investment to Durham, to the point that Durham’s Parrish Street neighborhood became known as “Black Wall Street.” NC Mutual Life continues to this day as the oldest and largest African-American-owned life insurance company in the nation and as a visible part of the Durham skyline.
By the start of the 1900s increasing segregation and urbanization encouraged the rise of a black business class. This threatened to reorder the African American status system that had been determined by antebellum forces. Fortunately for Durham, the lack of an entrenched antebellum social order, allowed this social change to come about with little upheaval. Higher ranking blacks like Merrick were considered upper class and “new rich.” It was home to Mechanics and Farmers Bank and North Carolina Mutual.
Durham, North Carolina
5. Dallas, Texas
More African-American people than ever are moving to Dallas – but not without apprehension. Many claim Dallas is not as progressive as other popular African American cities, but it is swiftly growing into a professional African American magnet due to massive opportunity and low cost of living. Dallas has a large and growing Black middle-class. This is evident by the number of young Black families now enjoying home ownership in the area. Much of the Black population is educated and highly skilled. Although Dallas is not known for its Black entrepreneurship there are several thousand Black owned business and hundreds of top African American executives.
Technological industries lead in Dallas.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
Heralded as the “Athens of the South,” Nashville is home to more than two dozen colleges and universities, including the historically black Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Meharry Medical College. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, which has an African American student population of more than 20 percent. This high concentration of higher education institutions helps increase the educational attainment rates among African Americans.
African-Americans make up about 20 percent of the population in La Vergne, and 66 percent of them are homeowners. Part of the reason for such a high rate of home ownership is the lower cost of housing. Where the median home price in neighboring Nashville is nearly $200,000, the average cost of a home in La Vergne is less than $150,000. In fact, La Vergne is home to Lake Forest Estates, the largest subdivision in the state of Tennessee. The median income for a family in La Vergne is $55,226, compared to $44,297 statewide, and African Americans make on average $6,000 more than their white neighbors. Another economic advantage for African Americans is that Tennessee does not have a state income tax.
Rutherford County Schools – of which La Vergne is a part – consistently ranks among the best school districts in Tennessee and has outpaced national rankings on a number of measures, and African-American parents can be sure their children receive at least two years of college training, thanks to the Tennessee Promise program, which guarantees free tuition and fees for students entering any of the state’s community colleges. The Tennessee HOPE scholarship, funded by the Tennessee Lottery, awards scholarships to students who graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA and score at least 21 on the ACT.
7. Columbus, Ohio
According to a 2015 African-American Consumer Report published by the Nielsen Corporation. The report is titled “Increasingly Affluent, Educated and Diverse — African American Consumers: The Untold Story.” It lists the percentage of black households making $100,000 or more in Columbus at 3 percent. Columbus to the top of the list. Columbus had the lowest rate of AIDS
infection of any of the major cities in the study. But the study says
Columbus needs to do a better job in reducing property crime and lowering
the rate of Black infants who die before their first birthday.
8. Indianapolis, Indiana
9. Baltimore, Maryland
Many people would be shocked, but the Baltimore area has many good areas for Blacks
Baltimore has the highest percentage of Black owned businesses, and the second highest percentage of Blacks who make more than 100,000 at 5.1 percent. It is on this list because of the wealthy Blacks that live in its suburbs. which enjoys the third highest black median income and the third highest self-employment rate after Atlanta and New Orleans. As in Washington, much of this prosperity is not in the hardscrabble city core, but in surrounding suburban areas such as Baltimore County, where the black population grew from 20% of the total in 2000 to over 26% in 2010.
10. Charlotte, North Carolina
11. Jacksonville, Florida
12. Norfolk 3rd on 10 metro areas for black households earning $100,000 or more nationwide, most integrated city in America, and state with highest Black/White Interracial Marriages
13. Lansing, Michigan
In an age when racial identity in American is more fluid than it’s ever been, Lansing, MI, could be the poster child for multiracial identity and acceptance. Lansing has the highest percentage of African Americans who identify with more than one race. In fact, four percent of Lansing’s African-American residents identify themselves as being of mixed race. These numbers highlight the fact that interracial dating and marriage is more accepted here than in other parts of the country.
Lansing is also one of the most integrated cities in the country. Researchers at Brown University studied the 2010 Census data to establish a segregation scale for cities, where a score of 100 is complete segregation and zero is complete integration. Lansing scored 28 for black-white segregation; nationally, the score is 59. Lansing’s black population sits at around 24 percent of the total, but as more families become aware of the city’s educational, cultural, governmental, and economic progress, that number is expected to grow.
14. Tallahassee, Florida
When you think of Florida and African-American prosperity, Tallahassee, FL is probably not the first city that comes to mind. But the capital city, which boasts an African-American population of more than 100,000, just might be one of the state’s best kept secrets. Tallahassee is 35% Black.
According to the Department of Labor, African Americans are more likely to be employed in the public sector, and nearly 20 percent of employed African American work for state, local or federal governments. As the capital of Florida, Tallahassee is home to more than 30 state government agencies along with law firms, trade associations and professional organizations, which provide a number of job opportunities for the city’s African Americans. The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, for example, is headquartered in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee is home to Florida State University, one of the country’s top public research universities, and Florida A&M University, one of the nation’s largest historically black universities. With so much brain power, it’s easy to see why Tallahassee and Leon Countyhave the most highly educated population in the state. Half of the city’s residents have a college degree, compared to just 22 percent statewide and 24 percent nationally, and Leon County’s high schools have consistently boasted a drop out rate of less than 3 percent.
The universities also provide both economic and cultural opportunities for African Americans. FSU and FAMU are the city’s second and eighth largest employers, respectively. The universities also partner with the state department of education to sponsor K-12 “lab schools.” FAMU’s Developmental Research School emphasizes a STEM-based curriculum, and FSU’s university schools focus on research-based learning and community service.
“Tallahassee is a great city for African Americans because it hosts a diverse body of citizens consisting of families and students who attend many of the leading institutions of higher education and because it allows easy access to the political epicenter of our state government and promotes a strong sense of community,” says Benjamin L. Crump, noted civil rights attorney, co-founder of Parks and Crump law firm and a longtime Tallahassee native. Crump has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown, among others.
Crump’s wife, Dr. Genae Crump, echoes that sentiment.
“Tallahassee is also a great place for African Americans because it’s reasonably affordable, and there are so many opportunities to get involved in cultural events that are offered by the universities and community college, as well as community-based programs,” she says.
Both FSU and FAMU regularly host educational and cultural programs geared toward empowering the African-American community. For example, the Black Male Initiative at FSU works to recruit more African-American men to the university and then offers a support network during their matriculation. The school’s Black Student Union, which recently was awarded a grant to build a new headquarters on campus, hosts seminars and discussions on race relations. FAMU hosts theatrical productions, musical performances and speakers throughout the year as well as the annual Harambee Festival, celebrating the city’s multicultural heritage, each February.
Tallahassee is also home to the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture and the Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum. The 100 Black Men of Tallahassee’s Saturday Academy provides mentoring, tutoring and college and career readiness training to African American kids.
Tallahassee’s pro-business environment makes it easier for African Americans to start their own businesses. A number of resources and networking opportunities are available to black business owners, including the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, a regional organization which helps promote minority owned businesses in order to stimulate the north Florida economy, and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University, which offers consulting services and training for student and community entrepreneurs. Then there’s the Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise Division of Leon County and the Florida State University Supplier Diversity Program – both established to ensure a fair representation of African-American-owned vendors for the state and university.
Chicago is the largest city in the United States that was founded by a Black person. Today, comprising well over a third of the city, Chicago’s black population is the country’s second largest in overall numbers, after New York City. However, blacks make up a larger percentage of Chicago than they do of New York City. Chicago is the largest city with a Black plurality in the United States. The large South Side is the cultural center of Chicago’s black community. The South Side along with the adjoining south suburbs constitutes the largest single Black region in the entire country, and boasts the country’s greatest concentration of black-owned businesses. Some Chicagoans and outsiders from other parts of the country who are ignorant of this area may tell you that it is dangerous. North Siders in general do not think much of the West Side or the South Side (similar to the way Manhattanites in New York City do not think much of the other four boroughs of that city). Although the West Side of Chicago does contain many economically challenged neighborhoods, the reality of the South Side is more complex. On the South Side there are affluent, middle class, and economically challenged neighborhoods. Affluent and upper-middle class areas on the South Side include the South Loop, Hyde Park/Kenwood, upper Bronzeville, Chatham, South Shore, Beverly,Mount Greenwood, West Lawn, and western Morgan Park. Chicago is a very large city and the South Side is large, thus, many people outside the South Side may not be familiar with these affluent/upper-middle class areas on the South Side. The local newscasts also have a bad habit: When a crime happens on the North Side, the commentator will put an emphasis on the neighborhood in which it happened, which tends to not give the entire North Side a bad image. However, when a crime happens on the South Side, the emphasis is put on South Side, thus giving the entire South Side a bad image.
Chicago is the home to some of the world’s most influential Black people like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Michael and Janet Jackson, Louis Farakkhan, Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Jessie Jackson, Jeremiah Wright, etc.