MediaTakeOut.com got a sneak peak at Black Enterprise's top 10 cities for African Americans. Here they are:
No. 1: Washington, D.C. - Residents who enjoy living in our nation's capital and surrounding region cited the robust job market and top-notch cultural activities as grounds for their overall satisfaction. "The perception of the city has changed. There's a lot more business development," says D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. At $404,900, D.C. has the highest median home value of all the cities on BE's list. Other positive factors: D.C. has the lowest foreclosure rate (0.3%), property taxes, and sales tax (5.75%) among the top 10. Survey respondents are very dissatisfied with the quality of education, however, stating that the public schools are in desperate need of repair. Ironically, the D.C. metro area has the best-educated black population of the cities, boasting the highest percentage of high school and college graduates.
No. 2: Atlanta, GA - continues to impress. The city is home to 64,000 black-owned businesses and continues to offer extensive entrepreneurial opportunities.
No. 3: Raleigh-Durham, NC - boasted a 3.4% rise in job growth, the highest employment statistic among the cities ranked. Rounding out the 10 best cities for African Americans list is:
For more, check out the May issue of Black Enterprise magazine.
Go DC I am born and raised her in DC and ye it is. The money I make here I can't make anywhere else.
I love to party in Jacksonville
YEAH DC.....even though I live in Maryland.
WHATEVER.... MIAMI ALL DAY.
DC? I'm in DC and the cost of living is too *** high. Yeah u can make some money, but u won't get a house as big as u can say in Atlanta or Texas...and I guess they didn't factor in the male to female ratio cause DC is the worst city to find a good man.
YOU ALL FORGOT ATLANTA, GEORGIA EVEN THOUGH I'AM A NATIVE OF MARYLAND, I HEARD ATLANTA IS A VERY GOOD CITY FOR US. SO MEDIATAKEOUT Y'ALL FORGOT ATLANTA.
DC ALL DAY BABY!!! BUT I AGREE WITH yguest trying to find a good man is almost as possible as finding a white guy with a thick 8-10 inch peter!
WHAT ABOUT BALTIMORE, MARYLAND HOW CAN YOU FORGET THAT CITY IS A GOOD PLACE FOR US YOU FORGOT SOME VERY IMPORTANT CITIES LIKE MOTOR CITY DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
Isn't Atlanta GA #2?
Dumd ***! Alanta, GA. is number 2. I love live in Miami but let's face it Sexyme, it's for the hispanics
ALRIGHT!!! Texas on the list TWICE! I'm feeling that! Don't Mess With Texas!!!! (smile)
Jhene- i know that right what about Baltimore, Maryland i mean i know our nick name is Bodymore, Murderland but we aint that bad
BigTerribleTexas... thats where I m*thaf*ckin stay
um dc has THE highest aids rates IN AMERICA, it's not black friendly, it's black death
Was down DC this past weekend (from New York).
All of my friends in DC have great jobs and most of them are college educated. *** for blacks is poppin'.
Miami could never make the top 10 for blacks. I was down there last month for the Winter Music Conference. Miami is the poorest big city in the United States. Blacks in the MIA are crazy poor and the Cubans own most of the businesses. The mayor is Cuban. He is not feelin' blacks and only looks out for his own people. Cubans and blacks are always at each other throats because Cubans wont share the jobs with blacks. Miami has a third world feel to it.
I see my state MA is not on the list, I guess it dont surprise me, really it doesnt
DUVAL COUNTY all day in the FLA.
But if ya thinking bout coming down here, please have ya head right. cause them jack boyz and the
JSO(Jacksonville Sheriff's Office) don't play down here. If you have a hustle mentality and you know how to go get it(money), you can make it down here. we don't have it all like the other big cities, but we know how to make it do what it do.lol
@fisheater...we do have a high Aids case here....but think about.....over the years we have had a lot of people moving here in DC....a lot of blacks moving to PG.....Mexicans...and Whities take up a lot of the city....
It cause like He.ll to live here......4 real
I already knew that St. Louis , MO wasnt gone be on there. They named my city the murder capital of 2006 last year. Im not surprised
WHAT!!! NO ST. LOUIS!!!
Oh, my bad...it is f*cked up here.
I forgot!! LOL
i meant cost like....
I am not surprised that my hometown, Philly, PA is not on the list. For this year alone the murder rate is over 120 people, there haven't been 120 days in the year yet, crazy....
@sweetdikwilly I don't think they would include Detroit, we have one of the highest unemployment rates and foreclosed homes. Yes, Detroit is full of black people, but sorry is just not popping here right now.
Huh? Im in NWDC and it is really not that sweet here in D.C. It is too friggin expensive and If you dont make a really decent salary you may get pushed in to PG county. Its a great looking culturally diverse city though! You better have a good job though.
Dallas and Houston thats where it is....no state income tax, plenty of room, beautiful people, low housing costs(What'll cost you 4 mill in Cali, will run you under a mill in Texas), etc etc...The opportunities for black folks, especially in the H, look super good.
sean alot of cities have "third world" areas in it, duh!
I'm from miami honey-20 and there is a mixture of races, but there is a lot of hispanics, but its not just for them...
born and raised in DC ....it's expensive as *** here. . . but we do make more than most cities.
I aint tryin to move anywhere named Bodymore, Murdaland, I got people from there that tell me all types of stories but I did hear about the *** life out there (DC) too! They forget to add CALI baby! Thats where I'm from WEST COAST ALL DAY! Even though I stay out in Raleigh NC makin money, and it's great place for college my *** do be bored *** hell out here. I cant party like I do in cali. But they say it's not where your from it's where your at.
***, Im from Michigan, went to school in Rhode Island, moved to new york city after school and now live in chicago...lol They should have came out with this list long ago or maybe I should have just paid more attention.
housing in dc just recently skyrocketed in the last 2 1/2 years....dc *** life has always been on point since i was a teenager we have our own style of music gogo plus the clubs are always tight. PG county is hot that is the best place for black folks to live and the richest county in Maryland. I love Atlanta my brother moved their and his house is insane but he not making as much money as he did up here. Charlotte is really coming up that is where my family is from. You have the Wachovia headquarters plus cost of living is cheap but the job market sucks!
Miami may not be just for the hispanics (Cubans),but they sure act as if they own the city. They are powerful down there and blacks in the area are powerless. While I was down there in March, blacks were upset because the Cuban mayor had fired the black head of Miami-Dade Transit. They were upset because blacks hold so few positions of power in the city. Most of the stores on the main street in downtown Miami (Flagler Street) are owned by Cubans. Most of the signs are in spanish. Miami didnt feel like it is located in the United States. Let's not forget about the off the chain black unemployment there.
DC is too high! move to pg??? man u better settle for charles county! dats da new pg! and no good men in dc? the whole world knows that DC has the most stuck up women ever!!!!
ladytee35...PG County? never..........Montgomery County is the richest county in maryland....Sh*t PG is the poorest county....
TEXAS MUTHAF*CKA THATS WHERE I STAY!!!! WHAT UP H-TOWN!!!! R.I.P FAT PAT, DJ ***, BIG HAWK, BIG MELLO, BIG STEVE, WE MISS YALL!!
YAY!! Glad to see DC in the # 1 spot cuz we got this city on lock!! Although DC is very culturally diverse, blacks of all different backgrounds make this place rock, esp. at ***! Whether you're Trini, Jamaican, African, or American, you can find a place to rep your culture & have a good time. I won't deny it though, you must be paid to live comfortable. And as far as the high crime & AIDS rates go, you're never 100% safe anywhere & NO ONE should be out there freakin' it raw!! And everyone knows that PG County is MD's SE!!! lol!
so so true.....Trinigal...baby S.E
.....Not to diss on SE in my first comment cuz everywhere is not bad, but here's a lil history, the area known as Georgetown was once primarily black, and SE was primarily white, that is befor e the "white flight". Everyone in SE knows about the new developments in those areas where the whites are coming back slowly but surely & are trying to "buy" out black families! Don't sell black people!! They are trying to re-vamp our city & push us the hell out!
California is where it's at.. no doubt!
Hell Yeah....my mother grew up in georgetown...went to Fransis jr high and everything.. they are moving us out slowly but fastly......
Thanks MTO for the list. Now I know where NOT to move. I guarantee those same cities have the most down low brothas and the most HIV cases.
Well I grew up in SE Shipley Terrace then moved to NW Shaw area, then to Bowie sold my house and moved back to downtown dc in a condo....My *** condo was mroe than my house but its all good. Montgomery county is real nice just have no desire to go back to the suburbs Im a city girl true and blue.
@ladytee35-Baby then you are bless.....you betta keep it.....worth so much money NOW....what about later........
I got money in the bank....
If i luck up to own in the city.....i would never leave
Allready!! I got on here to rep...my state Texas and my hometown....North Dallas!!!!
F.uck what ya heard...it's Dallas,TX.....F.uck what you heard H.oe, I'm from Dallas,Tx
From the Silver Spring to The Parklands on the Southside to Petworth Uptown! I agree with the other post, we got it all, something for everyone!
@Lani3000......HELL YEAH......PARKLANDS FOR ME TOO...ONLY 1 YEAR THOUGH.......
Thanks MTO for the list. Now I know where NOT to move. I guarantee those same cities have the most down low brothas and the most HIV cases
NORTH CAROLINA, NCNCNCNCNCNCNCNC
Whites have HIV too. They just don't get tested the way Blacks do.
*** City on the map above the QC. NC we doing it big ain't we thats wassup.
I have lived in the top two cities...they are florishing fast..and I would interested to live in Durham I have family there seems very serene and peaceful. atleast where my family lives
*** Killa Cali didn't make the list.....oh well.....Frisco and Oaktown should of been in there somewhere. But the cost of living is too *** high out here.
I prefer PG County MD. It's so close to DC, but without all the traffic and *** and *** tourists everywhere. DC is a grip to live in unless you're in the projects. oh yeah and the cops are ***, but that's anywhere you go
I'm from Baltimore, Maryland a.***.a. "Bodymore, Murdaland". I know that D.C. have a lot of great job oppurtunities because my aunt works in D.C. and live in PG(Prince George)County, Maryland and she is living LARGE!! The one thing though, watch out for those DL brothas in D.C.!
DL BROTHERS ARE EVRYWHERE......
I LIVED IN DC MY WHOLE LIFE....I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE CALL B-MORE THAT........
I gotta give it up for DC as a student at the real HU! However, that tax thing is a *** lie because it is 10% and the crime rate is pretty high in certain areas. Also for it to be called "Chocolate City" there is a lack of "chocolate" brothas, but maybe that's just Howard's campus. But all in all the *** life is bangin and it's a great place for opportunities and I wouldn't trade it for the world. GO BISON!
I don't know why people are commenting on Miami, Florida. I'm currently living in Tampa, Florida and been to Miami, it nothing there, but South Beach and a bunch of CUBANS. Miami(except South Beach) looks like a third-world nation now.
Wowww folks **in the words in Flava Flav** not 1, not 2, but 3 cities I'm seriously considering my move to now that I'm post-graduation....nice....
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Hi. I am the co-author of the 2007, 2004, and 2001 Black Enterprise "Best Cities for African Americans" features. If you wish to know specifically why your city did, or did not, make the list, let me know.
David A. Padgett, Chief Consultant
dumb ***, HIV is not confined to larger cities!!!
AWWWW Charlotte and Raleigh all the way.
Welcome to the QC.
*** all those cities oakland is the best we got the best weather we still scrapin on those punk-*** cities oakland fo life my ***!!!
any *** come here you betta come right because oakland aint playin witcha
Yeah DC is cool if you work in the federal government like most people do here. The average NICE house is 1/2 a million in the DC suburbs. I have to agree as an area native with an advanced degree finding a GOOD man here sucks. However, the men are fine as HELL!!!!!
Yeah thats right the CO got # 9 on the list for the best city for BLACKS!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH!!!!ITS straight poppin down here!!!!*** galore....also a very nice place to raise a black family....yeah i had to represent for my city 1 time....if u dont know u better ask somebody!!!!!!!!!!! BUCKEYE CITY IN THIS BEE-YOTCH!!!
Where's Atlanta? How can Charlotte beat that?? I live in Charlotte and run to the ATL every chance I get! lol
Opps I didn't see it was number two!
I'll rep the QC all day. Charlotte, NC born and raised!!!!
YUP YUP! ITS ALL ABOUT THAT *** BABY!!!! if you dont know what *** is its Durham NC!!!! ***!!!!!
DC BBAABBBYYYYYYY!!!! That Chocolate City boo! Where I was born and raised.
Dont forget that gogo!!!
In the words of the late great Ray Charles, "Georgia on my mind"
Seattle is the best kept secret in America for Black folks. The Black population is small but enjoys very high incomes because of the high tech industries like Microsoft and Boeing. Good news for Black men...snow girls worship bruthas in the Emerald City.
DC and Baltimore are worlds apart...which is why "Bodymore, Murdaland" might be unfamiliar whatugot. And HOWARD COUNTY has been the wealthiest county in MD for a minute...PG and Mont. Co fell off when blacks and latinos started movin' in, you know white folks will pack up quick!
Ain't no love for Compton? ***! I guess I'm going to have to look into move to D.C ... Atlanta is the home of *** and I can have that especially being that I have kids
Well I *** say that but I've been their and I had a gang of *** hitting me up.
I don't want my kids to have to be faced with that which is why I would choose D.C. I know that its everywhere but I perfer to be where its not so in your face!
I AM VERY SURPRISE TO SEE THE CO-AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE ON MTO. I GUESS BECAUSE IT IS A REAL ARTICLE STRAIGHT FROM MAY 2007 ISSUE AND THEY DID NOT THROW THEIR LITTLE *** WITH IT.
Obviously you’re the dumb ***! First of all what the hell is "deelyte"? Did you mean Delight? Next time pick a name you can spell! Second if you’re so smart you would know that most African American HIV cases stem from (downlow) men to men relationships. So the next time you call someone *** read a *** book! If you have a problem with the comments posted stay the *** off MTO!
YES SIR H-TOWN REPPIN!!!!!!!!!!
I am SO glad my city (Nashville, TN) is finally getting some recognition outside of country music!!! This city is a great place for the urban professional and we are slowly gaining everything Atlanta has so we don't have to keep running down there, so ATL watch out cuz Cashville creepin up on ya!!!!
I am black and currently living in MIAMA but way of Charlotte ~ I absolutley LOVE MIAMI but I have a soft spot in my heart for Charlotte, which is a rapidly growing city. I have to agree with severl others, MIAMI is run by Cubans, but I just LOVE this place.
***, I feel left out, I haven't been to any of the cities listed (I'm frowning)... I guess I need to take a road trip because you guys are reppin for your places! and to Knowitall, my dad agrees, Miami is run by the cubans, I been in tallahassee so long I guess I haven't paid attention, but I LOVE MIAMI also! and wouldn't trade it for the world, but I do want to visit these other places....
BABY......I HAVE RODE BW PARKWAY MOST OF MY LIFE ,,,I NEVER HEARD THAT WORD 4 B-MORE...IS IT NEW SWEETHEART....I AM NOT THAT OLD SH*T.....
A WORLD APART....YEAH YOU CAN SAY THAT....NOT THE SAME AT ALL...............
AND IT'S ONLY 30 MINUTES AWAY...IF YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE.....
Atlanta is a great city for opportunities.
I am originally born and raised in Cleveland, and CLE is the nation's poorest metropolitian city 2006. I recently moved back home from Atlanta after 10yrs, it's hard to adjust to CLE because ATL has going on so tough, it's that you have so many people competing for jobs there. Everybody knows the *** is what's happen, it not really expensive in ATL but you can get caught up in mix quickly ! I still want to return to live because I miss it so much, but I here that Jacksonville is good to go as well !
I have to agree with kwallace577 because I am from Raleigh as well. Raleigh and Durham are two different cities. I think it got twisted with the whole Raleigh-Durham International Airport thing. But anyway, Durham is only "where it's at" if you are trying to get ***! No offense to anyone who lives in Durham! You all are brave!!!
I'm moving to Charlotte from the Pittsburgh area(Brownsville,Pa!!)...HUGE difference in attitude & opportunity afforded to us...LOVE being here & hope to start over again here...my sister has been here 3yrs & is doing WAAAYYY better here than I am or woulda been in Pa...I heard Durham goes hard...tryna avoid that, that's why I moved...Pa in my heart, but NC in my horizon...
Did somebody say Waldorf? Waldorf is soooo wack. Who wans to live with a whole bunch of rednecks and wannabe's? Waldorf and the rest of Charles county is some cut and has nothin on good ole PG. Chuck town racist sherriffs ridin around profilin. White kids swearin they black and swearin they tough. And the black kids forced to be around them rednecks smokin crack and doin meth. Go hang out at the mall bammas.
@215girl...I feel your pain about Philly...feels like its getting worse before it gets better...***!.. we even Camden NJ to be listed as the most dangerous city in the nation:(
OK...now I'm from Columbus but I live in the D.C. area (Silver Spring). I moved here four years ago to get a better job and to be around more black folks doing more for themselves instead of thinking being a CO (correctional officer) and working at the airport for TSA as being "good jobs". I cannot for the life of me figure out how "Slowlumbus", OH got to be #9 or on the list to begin with. It just amazes me!! GOOD for the C-O, but come on now. Ohio is truly the "white man's land". Good for raising respectable children sure, but so is anywhere else if YOU show your children how to be respectable. D.C. is ok...for now. The cost of living is just too *** high! Great contracting jobs, but hard to find permanent jobs to even consider buying one of these highly overpriced, not big enough houses. Having said all that, I still don't see how Columbus got on the list.
*** out to e'rybody left in the C-O!
Ms.Katrena! you are entitled to your on opinion and I respect that! But come on....I have been in the CO all my life and I never once heard someone think that the only "good jobs" is a correctional officer or wrking for an airline.If you consider that a "good job" well good for you...and to be quite honest those are two ver good jobs..I mean why isnt it?I could understand if you was saying"mc donalds" or "taco bell" was a good place to work....well not really becuase you have opportunity to grow.....it depends on the INDIVIUAL and how ambitious you are AND HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT....i mean cause think about it you can be an "attrny" and that is considered a "good job" but if you don't have the clients then you aint makin ***....so I think that "good job" thing is a personal issue and what you experienced...We aint #9 on the map for nothin!!!!!!I think we will move up every year!!! Buckeye City in this ***.......Yeah this is where I was born and raise got to rep my city!!!!!!
Go Columbus,Ohio!!! #9 at least we crack the top ten list. Maybe higher next time. Still good!
im glad for this list, now i will make sure i will never visit any of these cities
Been living in B-more six years whatugot, and trust, it ain't a new name...Just foreign to people who don't live there or spend too much time there. Why you think we go to D.C. to party?!? Those with some sense know you bound to get *** messin' around out here. These negroes out here are off the hook and proud of it!
just to address on the comment about baltimore. 01mommy. you go to dc to party cause there aint *** in baltimore. if you live in baltimore. these cats be *** and acting dumb all day. how is it you can live there. but cant go to the clubs there? that doesnt make any sense to me. people talk about aids in dc. i rather see people with aids then herion addict standing up sleeping all day.
We may not be in the top 10, but i gotta rep my city Detroit all day!!!
*** dirty *** detroit and whateva else city tryin to rep oakland all day punk ***
east coast is *** boring *** up weather if u r not from killa cali u suck a big *** snitch *** we stay ready fo anybody tryin to *** wit us
*** tha south,east and whoeva is up north westside my ***!!!
SICKCHEAPO....WOW!!!!! WHAT A NAME...THAT SAYS A WHOLE LOT ABOUT YOU....WELL MAKE SURE YOU DON'T VISIT THESE CITIES CAUSE YOU ARE NOT WANTED...SICK *** BEE YOTCH!!!!!
I live in Columbus, Ohio and trust me when I say, this is no place for African-Americans. Employment opportunities for African-Americans here are far and few between, especially if you are in that 8% of higher educated. I am looking to leave the city due to its fear of the educated African-American. DO NOT COME TO THIS CITY!!!!!!!!!
I am on my grown woman, so IF I do go out, it's maybe to a show a few times a year and then to the afterparty at a nice spot in DC. MJB, NE, JOE...you know, grown folks music! I live in a COMMUNITY where people look out for each other...Don't get me wrong, I'm not far from North Avenue, but a community is what people make it. We all own our homes and have a strong community association that reaches out to people to let them know they're supported
don't talk about PG!!! We the richest predominanty african american county in the whole country!!! Eff MoCo they're too expensive. For $600,000 in PG you can buy a luxury house ! But in MoCo you can get a 2-bedroom townhouse in some rundown neighborhood.
I am moving to Indianapolis Indiana in Aug. Thanks for the list.
yeah dc is where its at
I don't think Houston will stay on this list to much longer because the majority of the Katrina victims rescused were sent there. I have lived in New Orleans all my life and I am glad that Houston has some of the problems we have dealt with for years. Those same blacks that are now in Houston, don't like to work or do anything that is productive. I hope no one gets offended by this but if you do, I am sorry, but it is the truth. If you have lived in the ***.O. all your life like I have and agree, please respond. I visited Dallas on several occassions and I didn't see one black person anywhere. All I saw were Mexicans. So I really don't see how Dallas made the list either.
smmyles I am from Dallas...so sorry you didn't go to the right places...and as far as Houston, it was the fourth biggest city (population) before the Hurricane, the money here is GREAT! Job opportunities are everywhere, it is the the biggest city(sq. miles) in the continental U.S. Black folks need to expand their horizons. And if you read the entire article, Dallas and Houston has been on the list 6 years and counting..
I guess New Orleans "Chocolate City" Louisiana is rounding out the bottom of the list with all the murders, crime, and lack of an educational system. Katrina really finished off New Orleans. I'm sorry to see my hometown in the shape its in now. I'm glad its still one of the Food Capitals. It will he hard to take that title away.
Avg home value doesn't mean a *** thing if the cost of living is off the henges. IT costs too *** much to live on the EAST COAST..Period!
What about the single life for blacks in these areas, especially DC (and its high rate of Down Low Bruthas & HIV)?
OKay, DC may be number one on this list, but it's number one in crime too... I live right outside of DC in Northern, VA and thank god, I'd rather be outside, than inside... LOL!!!
Atlanta is second on the board, and Baltimore? No, it has a high concentration of blacks, but not really the best place to live. This is a pretty good list.
OK NOW WHERE THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE DIRTY D? MI?
What up people... I'm out here in the LA/OC area of Southern California. The number one complaint here is that housing (bought or rented) costs too much. Granted that there are a lot of jobs here, not so much for the Brothas, but there is work. Most jobs don't pay enough to rent let alone buy. My wife and I both work, make good money, and could only afford a $300k one bedroom condo. In DC I have read that there are good jobs and Brothas can make a lot of cash, but how are you getting ahead and staying afloat if you have to spend most of it on rent or mortgage payments? Personally, with all of the negative I have heard about most of the cities on the list, I'm wondering how they made the list at all. I have never been to DC, or the ATL, but most of the news I have heard about DC is bs. I know people that have been stationed there, and just like out here, they can't wait to leave. I came across this list because I'm looking for my next duty station, or "hometown", that is cool for the Brothas, but does not have a lot of BS to go with it. If I were to pack up the wife and our little condo in the OC, I'm not sure it would be much different for us in DC...simply because of the cost of living. BTW...the person in Oakland, I'm sorry Bruh...I was stationed in Alameda, and Oakland is one expensive ***. High crime, Brothas hatin' on other Brothas from SoCal, and the cops were turning in their badges because the gangs had more firepower than they did!!! And it seems most Raider fans are a bunch of thugs. Sorry man, Oaktown is not it!! If anyone has any suggestions on where I should be looking to move to I'm listening. Other than that, I think I'll try to stay here where I grew up. FIGHT ON TROJANS!! Had to rep USC!!
Most of the locations listed in these comments are cities listed as Worst Cities for Black Males graduating from High School. Has something changed?
is Denver Colorado a good place for blacks
Absolutely do not come to Louisiana. Whites will call you a *** and keep walking. They will not answer any questions or try to help u. My family and I are definitely going to move.