Why Are Blacks Returning to the South?

For the past ten-plus years, many Southern States have witnessed an influx of blacks from areas that are typically known to be Blue—or democratic—states. This particular trend is the reverse of the one that occurred during the Reconstruction Era, when many blacks left the South in large numbers to work in the factories of cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Gary, and Cleveland. Cities such as New York benefited greatly from the migration, which positioned the city to host such golden eras as the Harlem Renaissance, which spanned the 1920s.

Decades later, however, the tables have turned. Blacks are returning to the South in large numbers, making their homes in cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Houston. Although the overall black population in the South is considerably lower than what it was before the Great Migration in the early 1900s, it does boast roughly 57 percent of the African American population residing there.

Another factor that contributes to the black migration back to the South is the cost of living. Cities such as Los Angeles New York, and Washington, D.C. are homes to some of the nation’s highest cost-of-living indexes. For example, the median home price in Atlanta is $248,000, compared to Washington, D.C., where the median home price is nearly $500,000.

Perhaps the most unnerving factor that has prompted blacks to return to the South is the shadow of gentrification that looms over many of the United States’ metropolitan areas. Because gentrification has forced many blacks out of these U.S. cities with large black populations, many of them have been left isolated, leaving them culturally, economically, and socially vulnerable.

Despite the aforementioned reports of economic and social despair, many areas of the South contrast to their Northern, Midwestern, and West Coast counterparts by offering opportunities for blacks based off of the sheer size of its black population. Atlanta is often considered a “Black Mecca” and “Black Hollywood” because of the large number of black entertainers, business owners, and public figures who have relocated to Georgia’s state capital. With such a large and successful black demographic, doors are opened for continual black community growth.

While the South remains the hub of American conservatism, it has simultaneously become the preferred location of Black Americans from around the country to return to the very same region that once enslaved them, and now enables them to improve their quality of life.


by B. Clark

19 thoughts on “Why Are Blacks Returning to the South?

  1. MoorMauri says:

    I’ve been noticing this trend in Chicago. Most home owners are resorting to reverse mortgages due to an increased property tax. Others are moving out to rural areas where the property tax is lower. Still others are packing up and moving back down south.

    Great read thank!

  2. Luke Skyplayer says:

    How on earth are you surviving in San Francisco without a job???

  3. Dj Melanoid says:

    I have seriously considered moving away from my hometown Indianapolis, Indiana where there really is no opportunities for us out here……

  4. Mr-blac says:

    what goes up must come down, sir, and if for any reason you feel there’s no need to be lowly and humble before JAH, stick around and watch what happens to the real people of pride and arrogance. you know, the same people who’s kept us pent to the ground by our necks.

    Proverbs 16:4, 5, 18, 19 “JAH works out everything for his own ends, even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5. The LORD detest all the proud of heart. Be sure of this they will not go unpunished. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”

    1. Donna says:

      The times of the Gentiles (the line of Japheth) are coming to an end:

      ( Luke 21)
      The Destruction of Jerusalem
      20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

      (Genesis 10)
      Nations Descended from Noah
      10 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood.

      2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3 The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath,[a] and Togarmah. 4 The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.[b] 5 From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.

  5. Sean says:

    I moved to Atlanta from a suburb of NYC two years ago because my kids grew up and moved on so it made no sense for me to keep paying those high property taxes and dealing with the harsh winters.

  6. Rashnu says:

    I have the same suspicions. The white supremacists are definitely using various means to push Black people to the South. I suspect that the white supremacists will have a plan to economically starve/isolate the area once enough Black people have moved there — just like they economically starve other areas of the world like Haiti, Cuba, Zimbabwe, North Korea, etc. (basically any areas where large numbers of dark-skinned people live). If enough high-skilled Black people are in that number that are returning to the South, that can help counter white people’s plans of economic desertification of that area.

    1. Paul Harris says:

      I live in Las Vegas Nevada I’ve been gone a long time the chassis second I get a chance to get back to the south I’m going home I’m buying property and I’m becoming a farmer I’m going to grow the things that we need to eat and survive on and if the white people try to stop us out they were only starve themselves out because I have learned after 35 years of being out in the wilderness that they are unable and not capable of taking care of themselves we are on our way up the most high God is bringing us home whether it be in Jerusalem in the middle east or Jerusalem in the south

  7. kosi says:

    Retracing the steps of their ancestors, looking for home

  8. donwvnsogik says:

    Liberia and Sierra Leone is where you niggers home is. The deeper in the jungle the better.
    You and everybody knows you are half animal and a less evolved form of humans. It’s the simple truth, where black are is where society deteriorates and becomes non peaceful. Arabs had nigger slaves for centuries and centuries but they were smarter than early americans to castrate the male nigger to avoid the problems we see today. It’s why they always needed fresh niggers from the gold coast of africa. But it’s ok. Yes you won’t leave us in peace but we’ll soon find the genes that make you violent and aggressive and we’ll modify your offspring genes into law. You will still be a burden to society but at least you won’t commit crimes like you do now. Washington tried to send you back to africa, you niggers are lower form of human. Your time with us is limited, your nature is becoming apparent to more and more peaceful humans and the time will come when the nation will split into civilized human on one side and a big nigger ghetto on the other. Return to the wild niggers and leave us in peace.

    1. Orlando Coombs says:

      donwvnsogik. Let me tell your silly ass something. Black people are fully human and in fact, all humanity comes from us. Scientists and archeologists have proved this time and time again. Africa is the origins of mankind. Humanity is African. Like it or not, HUMANITY IS AFRICAN. Get over it little bitch.

      1. Ricardo Ivan says:

        Humanity may have originated on the continent of Africa—-but that is where our commonality begins and ends!

  9. Paul Harris says:

    All of us need to buy land and we need to buy as much land as possible they are selling it for very cheap because they no longer want to land we need to go back to the land and do what we do best give God the glory

  10. Paul Harris says:

    The world may hate our color but they love our culture and all over the world they are waiting for us we must rise up and we must show them who we are and what we’re capable of it is time for us to turn back to our God and give our God the chance to take care of us which he said he would if he would just turn our faces back to him it is that time please everybody read your Bible and learn about what’s in it look for God and he will help us cry out to him and he will save us that’s the only help that we can get so we must cry out please read your Bibles learn what it says about us learn who it says the real children of Israel is because you’re in it and the only way for us to go home is to look and cry out to our god not bears because it’s clear that there God is not our god because if he was our God he would not treat us so poorly

    1. Ricardo Ivan says:

      What a run on sentence!

  11. Paul Harris says:

    The white race is dying and they all know it. they’re trying everything they can to stay on this planet in the planet has rejected them. our God is given us a chance to see them be rejected if we just do what God is asking us to do and that’s to study the Bible read and pray we will watch them be destroyed that is the prophecy of God.

    1. Ricardo Ivan says:

      You’re crazy. The “white race” is not dying.

    2. Ricardo Ivan says:

      God loves ALL PEOPLE and shows NO preferential treatment to color or race in the end.

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