ERIC Number: ED175986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Suburbanization of Blacks: How Much, Who, and Where?
Nelson, Kathryn P.
This paper discusses the extent and significance of black suburbanization from the late 1950s to the mid-l970s in 19 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas (SMSAs). The basic question addressed is whether blacks are moving more rapidly to suburban areas in the 1970s than in previous decades. A second focus is on the socioeconomic characteristics of suburbanizing blacks. Data on migration between cities and suburbs from the Current Population Survey and the Annual Housing Survey are compared with equivalent information from earlier census data to examine recent black migration trends and to determine how black suburbanization differs throughout the nation. It is concluded that black migration patterns have shifted since 1970 in all of the SMSAs studied but that black rates of movement from city to suburb remain below those of whites in most of the SMSAs. It is also suggested that black suburbanization to date represents choice rather than displacement, since blacks who have moved to the suburbs are found to be above average in education and income. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.