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Latinos Have Babies, Blacks Move South -- Population Shifts

Black Voice News, News Report, Chris Levister Posted: Aug 21, 2008

Blacks Returning to the New South

U.S. cities coast to coast are getting blacker and browner as minorities, especially Hispanics have more babies and Blacks fed up with a lack of jobs, underperforming schools and escalating police brutality migrate from north to south.

U.S. Census Bureau figures released this week show whites are now in the minority in one in 10 U.S. counties and that Hispanics continue to spread in large numbers beyond traditional gateway cities like Los Angeles and New York into other cities, suburbs and rural areas such as St. Joseph, Mo., about an hour north of Kansas City. The Hispanic population in St. Joseph increased 21 percent from July 2006 to July 2007, the largest percentage increase in the country. Bosie, Idaho, Scranton, Pa., and Madison, Wis. also attracted a mix of Hispanic immigrants as well as domestic immigrants who have left gateway cities.

The boom in Hispanic population, the majority of which comes from births rather than immigration, continues to be the driving force in U.S. demographics. The Hispanic population grew in 95% of the nation's counties with an overall population greater than 10,000.

Inland Empire cities such as Rialto, Fontana, Riverside and San Bernardino remain as destinations for Hispanics leaving Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

According to Census figures San Bernardino and Riverside counties saw significant population spikes in 2006-07 and the majority of those moving in are Hispanics. From July 2006 to July 2007 the city of San Bernardino had an increase of 16%.

"We're seeing explosive growth among new minorities particularly Hispanics across the country," says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "At the same time, the white population is getting older and become more constrained," he said.

Whites are projected to fall below 50% of the total U.S. population by 2050. Several states including Texas, Hawaii, New Mexico and California have already reached that milestone.

Southern cities such as Birmingham, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. saw the nation's largest growth in Black population as many African-Americans migrate away from job hungry' northern cities.

The largest numerical gain of African-Americans was in Atlanta, whose Black population rose by about 65,000 from July 2006 to July 2007. Trends show Black upper middle income families and single professionals abandoning metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York.

"Southern charm is in again, says Daniel Gullette, an Atlanta career consultant. Blacks earning over $75,000 are finding the pastures greener in the south when it comes to fair housing, jobs, education and career opportunities.

"A lack of job creation, draconian prison policies and attitudes that pit Blacks against Hispanic immigrants in traditional urban enclaves have worn thin," said Gullette. "Educated higher income Blacks in California and New York in particular fed up with justified' police brutality, underperforming segregated schools and straining race relations are saying, Slavery is over - we're free to move about the cabin', that means taking our consumer spending with us as well."

The Dallas Fort Worth area added 23,000 African-Americans and Charlotte, N.C. added 17,000.

In the Inland Empire and high desert regions, Victorville and Moreno Valley were among the few cities registering Black population growth. Moreno Valley, the Riverside county bedroom enclave saw a 13% increase in Black population between 2006-07.

"The way things are shaping up, said Gullette..I think you're going to see a continued migration to more progressive southern cities. In what has been a largely white Republican stronghold for decades, look for a political renaissance of Black and Hispanic Democrats. The welcome mat is out - again."

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