What Are Some of the Best Cities for African Americans?


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Some of the best cities for African Americans are Dallas and Houston, Texas, Washington, D.C.and Atlanta, Georgia. Others are Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of these cities were evaluated and chosen based on four criteria: home ownership, entrepreneurship, a rising black population and household income.

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As of 2015, Atlanta ranks first as the best city for African Americans due to its entrepreneurial opportunities, earnings potential and cultural events. Sixty-one percent of the population is African American, and 55 percent are homeowners. One-third of black households have incomes over $50,000. African American professionals in Atlanta have opportunity to build their careers at one of the numerous Fortune 500 companies based there.

Washington, D.C.ranks as a top city for black Americans for its career opportunities and low unemployment rate. Eighty-one percent of black Washingtonians have graduated high school and almost one quarter have bachelor's degrees, earning upwards of $50,000, making them the highest paid and best educated black population among Top 10 cities. Washington's black population owns one-fourth of the city's businesses. For those looking to engage in national politics, career opportunities are ample.

Other evaluation criteria are the location of historically black universities, a good public education system and affordable housing.

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