Black Metro Atlanta by the Numbers
US Census Bureau 2000-2010 census
The average median household income for Black residents in metro Atlanta is $41,047, which is roughly 74 percent of that for all residents of metro Atlanta. Nationally, that ratio is 67 percent (US median household income for all residents is $50,221; for black residents it is $33,632). (US Census Bureau – 2009 ACS)
Atlanta’s demographics were similar to that of Northern Georgia and did not have a major Black presence until after the civil war. Although African Americans were concentrated in Georgias “Black Belt” in the central and southern parts of the state, Blacks made up more than half of the Black population by the late 1800s.
In the 1960s Atlanta minister Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., emerged as leader of the civil rights movement, bringing increased prominence to the city.
“The Black Mecca”
The nation’s largest Black construction company, H.J. Russel Company, projects include several downtown skyscrapers, additions of the Georgia World Congress Center and the airport. Some of the America’s largest Black auto dealerships are Atlanta as well as Magic Johnson 2nd Cineplex.
Major Black events include Sweet Auburn Festival, Atlanta Football Classic and the National Black Arts Festival. The Black entertainment industry is in blossom here with the likes of Usher, Ludicrous, Babyface, LA Reid, Too Short, Peabo Bryson and Whitney Houston. With more than 60 thousand Black owned companies, Atlanta is busting at the seams with Black Entrepreneurs. Almost 25% of black adults in Atlanta have degrees which accounts for the large numbers of African Americans in major and mid-sized corporations. One of the first things you will notice in any of the cities business districts is that Black men and women are not scarce from any industry here. Is Atlanta’s the “Black Mecca”? If not than who is?
According to SoulAmerica.com Sweet Auburn, has the largest concentration of national Black historic attractions in one district which includes:
Atlanta Black Business By The Numbers
Atlanta Detailed ACS Census Report for 2011
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