Top 10 Cities For African-Americans To Live In

- By Bossip Staff

These cities were selected by Black Enterprise (BE) magazine as the top ten places for African Americans in the United States.

Each city was evaluated on black home ownership rates, median black household income, black home loan rejections, percentage of black college graduates, black unemployment rates, percentage of black households earning more than $100,000 a year, and percentage of black-owned businesses.

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  • Cali

    Does the best place for Blacks have to be in places where there is a large number of Blacks already? What about California? The economy sicks a$$ right now, but so does most of the states, and it will improve and we need more Black people out here. It’s time we move on from the South, we have enough Black folks there, come west!

    • She said it.

      California Economy on its worst day is a million times better than all the Southern states put together on a great day!

      Sunshine, beaches, mountains, lakes, country, city, mult-ethnic metro cities, affordable higher education (for now at least) can be whatever you want to be with/out pressure to conform to some outdated Baptist model defining what black life is.

    • Marquis de Sade

      She Said It

      Yeah, well when you factor in if you make over $47,000 a year (which puts you in the highest tax bracket to the tune of 10% bein’ taken out per paycheck), then yes, life in Cali is HUNKY DORY. + It’s been revealed that Meg Whitman is just as worst as her competitor when vying for political endorsements from the unions…And then you have the whole GENTRIFICATION issues due to white folks losin’ their homes and livelyhoods, thus leading them to move to lower middle clazz/urban areas out of economic necessesity – Trust, life in Cali is gonna get reeeeallll precarious and unpleasant if shyt don’t change.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Oh, and to be CLEAR, that 10% is state income tax, which doesn’t include the additional Fed income tax, disabilty + the usual HMO or PPO Health insurance withholdings and your 401k, etc.


    • moonberry

      California hates black people!!!!

    • ImthatCaligurl

      I was born & raised in the capital of California. & honestly alot of Af. Americans in Cali are truely missing out on alot.. Im an advocate for leaving Cali, going to the south and connecting with history that u def won’t find there. Its unfortunate its my home, but cali is struggling right now & for Af. Americans thats all bad. And with all of the cuts, layoffs and furlows. I dont see it improving anytime soon..

  • Yeah I said it

    I think it depends on the individuals needs, wants, etc. I have been a New Yorker my entire life. I can imagine living anywhere else!!! …. I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!!…:)

  • southernbelle

    Goooo Texas! With no income tax and getting more bang for your buck, who can go wrong?

  • Allie

    My city made the list, go columbus!!!

  • sam

    I just moved to Indy 2 months ago and I love it!!

  • Greater Intellect


    I was thinking the same damn thing. They had a couple of Midwestern states, but too many were in the old boring South.

  • LadyJ

    I live in Indy and blacks making a lot of money here definitely raises an eyebrow…where r they at then????

    • Allenro

      wow thanks for the warning cuz my friend just moved to Jacksonville and she said its lovely but never mentioned any undertone of racism..feel like there is no where to go cuz i was highly considering movin there

    • bee dat

      Castleton, Fishers and Carmel. Where U think?

      There are black folks up on the Notrhside of Indy

  • Terri

    I’m a military brat so we’ve lived all over the US, from west to east coast, but I love the south. There’s a reason it shows up so often on the list.

  • She said it.

    Well at least everyone on this post is making great statements about what really makes a good city. Of course we have our own individual desires:

    1. Crime Rate
    2. Quality of Life
    3. Traffic
    4. Taxes
    5. Education

  • Educated Goon

    I still say one of the best cities to move to for black people is Atlanta… Say what you want… Talk all that “Gay” stuff… Blah Blah Blah. You don’t live here… And if you got bad stuff to say about the ATL then please don’t move here, and stop coming here in the summer tryna hang out. The only people who say bad things about the ATL are people who don’t live here or never been. OR people who moved here hoping to get some success and failed and are now unhappy about where they are. It’s pretty sad the rumors people have put out about the city… It’s like the only city in America where brothas & sisters are doing it big & getting money and people are trying to tarnish the name…. ATL stand up

    • Marquis de Sade

      I was in ATL a few months ago for some job-related training on some new software, and I must say it seemed pretty pleasant, (but stayin’ at the Four Seasons probably helped)…Some of my collegues who live there, though hipped on to the fact that ATL’s economic downturn is almost as worst as Cali’s.

  • Big Keith

    The DMV is a great place to live.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yeah, but how’s the employment/unemployment situation? Is it in the double-digits as most of the states? + is the wages commensurate with its’ cost of living?

  • Bethany "ACID FACE" Storro

    Where is Baton Rouge???
    We have barely been touched by the recession here. With a degree you can find a freat job. Even with no education you can make an above average salary because of our proximity to the MS river and the Gulf of Mexico we have many offshore jobs, chemical factories and oil refineries. If you don’t mind dodging stray bullets, random home invasions, or breathing toxic air then yeah put B.R on your list of places to move.

    • Bethany "ACID FACE" Storro

      ***great job***

    • Marquis de Sade

      “If you don’t mind dodging stray bullets, random home invasions, or breathing toxic air”

      Hmmm, sounds charming. πŸ˜†

    • Bethany "ACID FACE" Storro

      I just knew that would post!

  • Koolatta

    Prince George’s County, Md is still the richest!

    • Jaye

      I Love P.G just bought a house in Bowie Md. I won’t live in D.C. for Free!!!

  • bouyant

    am trying to get the hell outta Cali. am thinking Washington confuse

  • bouyant

    help anyone?

    • Bethany "ACID FACE" Storro

      What’s your profession? That will make all the difference unless you’re in the medical field or some other type of profession that will carry over seamlessly to any state.

    • Koolatta

      DMV ( DC, MD, VA) area is nice and you can find reasonable apartments, also several good state and private schools. Maryland U- College Park, Howard, American, G Town ($$), but you can always do the community colleges PGCC, MCCC, UDC etc. Seattle and Delware are much smaller black pops. if thats what you are going by. Good Luck!

  • o_O

    Am I the only one that noticed that they photo-shopped that little girls head on o_o..random i know, but the mess was distracting the hell out of me.

  • ha...

    Yahoo news just reported that indy is one of the top five worst places to build a nest egg due to the housing market slump. Hmmmmm….

    • Marquis de Sade

      Which was the worst?

  • sally87989

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  • bouyant

    going to school, to be a PA

    • Bethany "ACID FACE" Storro

      Public Accountant?

  • Whoa!

    Whoever did the research for this article needs to be fired.

    The Black percentages of these cities are 100% FALSE.

    DC is over 60% Black and so is Atlanta.

    Its called the Census Bureau people!!! Smh

  • Londie

    Wow my city is number 1 on the list, I wasn’t expecting that at all. But I will say this I am in the process of buying a home and I am finding some great deals. Go Jacksonville

  • LBC

    Qualtiy of life counts. Lifestyle counts. Each person will define these things differently. Having traveled around the country there are many places where one could lay down some roots. Me personally, I’m staying in California. I am fortunate enough to have a good job, that is fairly stable. Plus, my whole family is here.

    I love the South. But the humidity alone will keep me away. The backwards politics in places like Texas keep me away as well. They way they are whitewashing their textbooks is not cool for a person like me who has kids. They will never teach my kids that junk.

    • She said it.

      I say the same thing. I LOVE CALI! What separates Cali from other states is our down right RIGHT to be individuals. I’m not going to knock anyone’s city. Get in where you fit in. However, I say that living in a progressive STATE vs. a progressive town opens your eyes to the global community. You think bigger in Cali because you have to. Unlike the South were your competition are the locals, in Cali the competition is the world. It serves me good. That’s my experience. Not going to bash anyone’s state cause at the end of the day we’re all doing the best we can where we can.

  • Marquis de Sade


    I live in Cali also. I was merely bringin’ a lil’ perspective on how dire things are, or could get during these economically precarious times.

    • Mock Rock Star(It's All About Baby Rock Star)

      I lived in Cali during the late 90’s and although they have beautiful scenery and delicious marijuana, the cost of living is bizarre in the bay area if u want to live comfortably and safe.
      Marquis I studied a bit on your screen name and I found it hard to totally act this guy because of his link to brutality towards women. I dug his bisexuality, but not his whole “sadist” legacy…but after years of blogging with U I grudgingly like U because U are intelligent πŸ˜‰

  • Mock Rock Star(It's All About Baby Rock Star)

    One report stated that some places in ATL shouldn’t be visited and now this report is saying that it’s the place to be. I must agree with one of the posters saying that Atlanta being “landlocked” is a bore, but I must admit that this is the only place where if U’re willing to work U will keep your head above water (oh yea because there’s no water to drown in)
    To make a long story short, we have a pretty nice home in a pretty nice community(though we’re lacking a community pool) and it’s only up from here so we won’t be leaving anytime soon πŸ˜‰

  • mosiane


    I’m not going anywhere down South.

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