VIBE: USA Today is reporting that the black population is declining in a number of major cities, including Chicago; Oakland, Calif.; Atlanta; Cleveland; and St. Louis, Mo., according to 2010 census data. Twenty of 25 cities that have populations of at least 250,000 people and black populations of 20 percent either lost more blacks or gained fewer in the last decade.
The loss is fueled by three distinct trends:
• Blacks — many in the middle or upper-middle class — leaving cities for the suburbs.
• Blacks leaving Northern cities for thriving centers in the South.
• The aging of the African-American population, whose growth rate has dropped from more than 16% in the 1990s to about 10% since 2000.