Number of black children in Atlanta drops 27% in 10 years

Some interesting data from the Associated Press:

Last year’s census found that the number of black, non-Hispanic children living in New York City had fallen by 22.4 percent in 10 years. In raw numbers, that meant 127,058 fewer black kids living in the city of Jay Z and Spike Lee, even as the number of black adults grew slightly.

The same pattern has repeated from coast to coast. Los Angeles saw a 31.8 percent decline in its population of black children, far surpassing the 6.9 percent drop in black adults. The number of black children in Atlanta fell by 27 percent. It was down 31 percent in Chicago and 37.6 percent in Detroit. Oakland, Calif. saw a drop of 42.3 percent, an exodus that fell only 6 percentage points below the decline in flood-ravaged New Orleans.

Overall, the census found nearly a half-million fewer black children living in the 25 largest U.S. cities than there were a decade earlier. By comparison, the number of black adults living in big cities has hardly budged.

Demographics experts said a combination of factors appeared to be at work. Americans in general are having fewer children than they once did, due mostly to increased use of birth control. That has been true, too, among black mothers. Teen pregnancy rates among blacks have also plummeted.

But the more significant trend, experts said, may be a migration by young black parents to the suburbs.

The future of politics in Atlanta, and its suburbs, is already being written.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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nothing to see here

June 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

You think knocking down the projects had anything to do with it?

BFS

June 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

Take a look at the Northern suburbs and you will find a vast majority of the inner-city evacuees. 7 shootings in one day…I would leave too! Good for anyone choosing to take flight from that hell-hole!

Raquel Morris

June 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Which makes the abysmal record of Beverly Hall that much worse. She had fewer children, more tax dollars and still managed to mess up APS royally.

When is the investigators’ report coming out again?

Not DAN

June 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

You make it sound like a bad thing.

oldtimer

June 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

I would leave also, if I had kids….Check the southern suburbs as well.

Joe

June 30th, 2011
4:31 pm

This reporter is so good at copying and pasting other people’s work.

MM

June 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Yeah, Raquel,

Just where is that report? I keep hearing it’s coming but as of 4:30 today it’s still a no show. We’ve been warned ti will be bad by nummerous luminaries, the mayor included, apparently because they fear we will go rioting in the street when we hear the results.

Ethic

June 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Follow this blog through. You will laugh at the indignance in other threads when the word racism is broached. Follow this bog through. Then ask yourself if the Tea is bitter.

TheLord'sComing

June 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

It was forced reduction—Atlanta Housing Authority barely have any properties now…that are not outsourced. They kicked them out…they are in the suburbs–check the numbers there and you will find they increased by as much as the inner cities deacreased.

Holly

June 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

The City moved out the undesirables for the Olympics. You’ll find most of them were moved to Clayton County, and you see how well they have done there.

kevin

June 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

BFS,

I live in the city of Atlanta and find your comments ignorant and offensive. A hellhole is a place where you have to drive everywhere, where all you have is strip malls, chain restaurants and zero culture. In other words, a hellhole is the suburbs.

Ashley

June 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

I would like to think that black woman of childbearing age aren’t making the same mistakes there mother did by having children by every man that came along . Maybe they decided raising a child without a father was no good for them, or maybe just maybe they’re deciding to wait until stability was the main focal point. We can always sum it up to them using birth-control and being responsible. These are just my assumption. I see this as a plus in the win column.

Me

June 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

Of course knocking down the projects had something to do with it. Check the census numbers out for Clayton county. A good many of those residents moved there. Clayton county was once a beautiful, safe, and thriving county before tearing down the projects in atlanta for the Olympics changed that county forever! It is now crime ridden and unsafe.

Holly

June 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

Let’s not forget to thank Section 8 for spreading the misery/crime around for everyone to endure

yuzeyurbrane

June 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

I can’t wait until the Teapeople get skewered on their racist petards from Tom Price to Rob Woodall.

pete

June 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

not sure what he is implying in that last statement “the future of politics is changing”. As a former news editor, it seems to me like he was given an assignment and took the lazy reporter’s way out…cut and past an AP story and write two short sentences.

Tresi

June 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

The report fails to factor in that black women have an abortion rate of 38%. The highest of all races.

Go Panthers!

June 30th, 2011
5:20 pm

Co-sign, bump & ditto, Raquel. I’m about to be an empty nester and you couldn’t pay me NeNe money to move to the suburbs with all of the (un)Real Housewives. However, APS was so easy to manuever through because the administration was so disorganized, openly corrupt and flat-out simple and clueless. Who was the genius who suggested erasing Scantron sheet answers? I hope my kid was NEVER in their class.

My kid is going to a very competitive, northeastern university with half of her tuition paid off the top ( a better deal than HOPE btw) because most of her APS teachers and staff mentors were exceptional. Please give them a round of applause as they have been totally lost and overlooked throughout this thing. Unfortunately, and especially in light of the scandal, I’m appalled at the number of them that have not been given contract renewals for next year. Teachers who were never scrutinized or questioned have been inexplicably given their walking papers. Check up on that, AJC. Had she had another year to go, I would have sent her to board at the Honors Academy at West Georgia until graduation (accreditted or not) as APS is now freakishly unbelievable in their hubris. It’s like they kept the politcos and game players and check getters on the ground level and got rid of a lot of the real teachers and workers. I have NO CONFIDENCE in any of the recent changes and am, as a voter, really hurt by that. The means and the resources are there. We can do better.

In all honesty, I just sent her to APS and college joint enrollment for a grade; our family handled her education and her SATs showed that to all of the schools to which she applied and was subsequently accepted (including UGA, no remediation necessary). I really hate it for kids from APS families who don’t have our options and I hope upon hope that someone answers for it and visible and quantifiable improvements, not just changes in word and position, come soon. The entire metro area, regardless of color, class or caste, really deserves better.

I also think the city is getting too pricey for families of any color and they also move away to escape the stigma and violence. But, so do the stigmatized and violent who have a little bit of means, so it just follows the families, unfortunately. The big weed houses seem to always be found in some unassuming cul-de-sac up in Gwinnett somewhere, not up the street from the old Perry Homes (which are really nice and pricey now). I’m an ITPer, regardless. Always have been; always will be. Oh, and I’m African-American.

Let the racists’ rants begin in 5…4…3..2

No Teabagging

June 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

You are assuming that everyone filled in “race” on their census and everyone answered correctly. Answering the “race” question is optional, although the Census Bureau would like you to think leaving certain questions blank is a punishable crime. It is not.

Last Man Standing

June 30th, 2011
6:25 pm

The movement of “inner-city evacuees” to the northern suburbs is verified by the rising crime rate there. Take Gwinnett County as an example . . .

BFS

June 30th, 2011
6:25 pm

Kevin – You know what I finf offensive? Take wild guess as to how many people have been shot in Atlanta this week. A hint: you may need to take your shoes and socks off to count them all!

I am an native Atlantan and I am sick of every newscast starting off with…”there was another shooting in Atlanta today”

BFS

June 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

BFS

June 30th, 2011
6:44 pm

While I will always consider Atlanta to be my home, I choose to raise my family in Cherokee Co. and have no problem allowing my kids to “roam the neighborhood” unsupervised. We have good and honest police, and safe neighborhoods. Take you kids down to DeKalb Avenue and drop them off for a couple of hours and see what happens! How about Morningside? How about the neighborhoods around Turner Field? Pretty scary, right?

RGB

June 30th, 2011
7:01 pm

@Ethic, yuzeyurbrane, Go Panthers!

Each of you (perhaps the same person) expressed an overwhelming desire–in an almost orgasmic fashion–that people would bring “racist rants” into the discussion. That this was not the case must be very disappointing to you. But why?

I’ll bet you three lower forms of life would even stoop to writing your own rants just to satisfy your own fascinations. Oh, and be sure to put something about the tea party in there so you can complete your stereotype.

Steeler

June 30th, 2011
7:10 pm

“Number of black children in Atlanta drops 27%…”

Did Wayne Williams get out early?

Hipsters Hate Children

June 30th, 2011
7:42 pm

We don’t want any runny-nosed children messing up our Atlanta new urbanist utopia. Children just get in the way, leaving all their toys and strollers on our sacred Beltline. If there were too many children all our vegan restaurants would turn into Chuck E Cheeses. The suburbs are for all the “breeders” and republicans to move to. Yucky children, keep out of Atlanta – we want to be sustainable!

whatever

June 30th, 2011
8:10 pm

I am sure this drop in the number of Black children has Nothing to do with the Genocide of Blacks, promoted by the Liberals. What am I talking about.? I am talking about the fact that Black women have the highest percentage of Abortions on demand than all the other races combined.. I personally am not against abortion but feel it should not be used instead of Birth control. Black women equal 12.3% of the population but have 36.4% of the abortions.. . You don’t have to agree with me. But it might make you wonder what the agenda of the Liberals really is?

Doris M

June 30th, 2011
8:13 pm

I just love reading these comments!!

Alice

June 30th, 2011
9:19 pm

So, black folk want to raise their children in the burbs just like white folk. What’s your point?

Go Panthers!

June 30th, 2011
9:44 pm

1.

Thanks to RGB and Steeler for their insightful and anticipated commentary.

Go Panthers!

June 30th, 2011
9:50 pm

Oh. And to “whatever”? My APS education (and my USG bachelors and masters degrees) lead me to believe that your math is just flat out wrong. A Tea Party pamphlet really shouldn’t be your most challenging reading material. The only agenda of this “Liberal” at the moment is to get you a remedial math class and a couple of junior college civics and sociology textbooks.

Rule .303

June 30th, 2011
11:17 pm

So how do we explain the rise in smash and grabs?

jsmtih

June 30th, 2011
11:18 pm

the migration of black people out of atlanta to clayton county in the mid 90s has DESTROYED clayton county and the migration has moved into henry county which is now in the process of being destroyed.

yuzeyurbrane

June 30th, 2011
11:40 pm

RGB, tell me more about your theory about how this blog is manipulated. Is there 1 master manipulator? Or just the 3 who are really one who you cunningly figured out? But how do I know that RGB is not the same person as many others? Did your own experience give you that special insight that led you to discover my dastardly scheme? As Snidely Whiplash said: “Blasted! Foiled again.!”.

fox news hater

July 1st, 2011
12:39 am

ATLANTA AND THE METRO ATLANTA AREA ???THE NEW DETROIT..THE SIMILARITIES ARE A NO BRAINER..THE METRO AREA EVEN HAS THE RACIAL DIVISION AND TENSION SIMILAR TO DETROITS…AND THE CRIME ALSO..THE NEGATIVES FAR OUTWEIGH THE POSITIVES IN ATLANTA..AND AFTER 32 YRS LIVING HERE I,M LOOKING FORWARD TO MOVING AND RETIRING IN VERY BEAUTIFUL SEATTLE!!

Chris

July 1st, 2011
12:57 am

Some of you may have forgotten about this thing called White Flight. Blacks are simply following our lead.

blue_moon

July 1st, 2011
1:09 am

@ nothing to see here….knocking down the projects had everything to do with it. Article makes it seem as if kids are just vanishing…
Also I’m sure if Atlanta looked at the population of African American males, there would also be a huge drop in the number as well due to the high number of black on black deaths and incarceration rates.

WOW

July 1st, 2011
2:34 am

OedipusTax

July 1st, 2011
6:34 am

There will be 400,000 arrests in the 18 county metropolitan area in 2011, well over 1000 every day. There isn’t a safe county left of the 18. As long as children begat children, this startling and tragic figure will not be reduced. The fact that less children are being born in an urban jungle has to be a good thing.

MiltonMan

July 1st, 2011
7:09 am

Go Panthers bragging about her child going to a northeastern elitist school with scholarship money???

The majority of scholarships for colleges these days are need based and not merit based. Many schools informed us that since we are hard working parents who make too much money (i.e,. the evil rich by teh Liberals definition) we were not qualified for 90% of scholarship/grant monies.

Fine with me. Our son will be attending UGA as a pre-dental major after graduating with a 4.1 GPA taking AP/Honors classes.

Thanks Obozo for once again playing the class warfare rhetoric again.

MiltonMan

July 1st, 2011
7:13 am

Fox news hater – please invite me over to help you pack.

Comparing Atlanta to Detroit gives us insight that you must be a by-product of the APS education system. The two cities have nothing in common. There is growth in the burbs of Atlanta where there is none in Detroit.

Also, pal, look to the far left of your keyboard & select the “Caps Lock” key. Thanks

Just Sayin

July 1st, 2011
7:30 am

New Orleans, Detroit, Atlanta – cities that have been dominated for decades by non-Hispanic, non-Caucasian politics. Financially bankrupt, public school systems that are the WORST, worst business climates, worst crime rates. Other than that, I cant for the life of me figure out why they are having issues.

Jamie B

July 1st, 2011
7:36 am

UH-OH! I guess Cindy Tucker’s gonna be all over this one. Has to be some type of racism involved in this issue. And what was it, 12 shootings the other night? Yep, some kind of racism involved in that too.

Jamie B

July 1st, 2011
7:41 am

yuzeyurbrane

June 30th, 2011
4:45 pm
I can’t wait until the Teapeople get skewered on their racist petards from Tom Price to Rob Woodall.

Oh, how nice. But, then again, you have a problem spelling brain.

Bill

July 1st, 2011
7:59 am

1) The removal of public housing does not account for similar trends in other large cities.

2) Removing undesirables for the Olympics would have shown up in the last census (2000)

3) BFS, I will give you Turner Field, but DeKalb Avenue? Morningside? I live less than a block from Dekalb. Morningside is an incredible safe area.

4) I too am startled when I see the headlines about crime. Then, I look a little closer, and as often as not, it is outside the city.

5) APS has gotten itself in a terrible mess. But there are terrific, dedicated teachers in APS, and some great schools. This year Grady High school has graduates going to every Ivy League school, and two to West Point. They have several student publications that have been in the top 10 in the nation for 10 years. The Mock Trial team is the best in the state, and among the best in the nation. The same is true for the speech and debate team. And, if you think this is just a few elite kids, about 10% of the students participate in speech and debate. There are more debaters than football players. There are many fine suburban high schools as well, but I would (and did) choose Grady over all of them.

Bill

July 1st, 2011
8:01 am

Fox News hater guy –

I am from Detroit, and I chose to live in Atlanta. Both are majority black cities. That is where the similarity ends.

Laurie

July 1st, 2011
8:12 am

This is no suprise. Educated people tend to have fewer children.

Jason

July 1st, 2011
8:42 am

Is there some law that black folks must live in the city? Is there a book in the Bible that requires the city to provide public housing to all while another that forbids it in the suburbs? Get over it. Demographics are changing. Cities are no longer the nation’s dumping ground for the poor. Black people are getting closer and closer to opportunity equality, which means better life choices and not being stuck in segregated communities.

The mean income of the average person in the City of Atlanta about a decade ago passed that of metro Atlanta. And it keeps going up. There will continue to be a decrease in the black population in the city and those who continue to live in the city will on the whole be better educated and wealthier.

Your older suburbs, where everything was built on the cheap and is showing it’s age, well, they’re got quite a difficult time coming.

MiltonMan

July 1st, 2011
8:45 am

Bill aka “Clueless ITP”. Most of the crime is committed outside of Atlanta??? Keep your head in the sand on that one pal.

Great schools in Atlanta??? Yes based upon the “modified test scoring” system maybe. GHS mock trail team is the best in the state??? Come back to us when they win on a national level just like Jonesboro High School did a few years back.

Nothing about GHS & their “fine” math & science programs???

I will keep my kids in the “fine” (aka best) schools located in North Fulton. Congrats on GHS & their “fine” graduates who are continuing their education based upon “need” rather than “merit”

MiltonMan

July 1st, 2011
8:47 am

Jason – yet another “clueless ITP” type. People in ATL wealthier than those in North Fulton, Forsyth County, etc.???

You need to brush up on fact and not the falsehoods you seem to favor.