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Livability: Tallahassee #1for African Americans

Written by  Tuesday, 05 April 2016 09:24

LIVABILITY.COM - In an increasingly diverse nation, these cities offer more opportunities to African Americans, both in career and lifestyle. In nearly every news cycle there's a story about the struggles faced by African Americans in our nation’s cities. Sadly, no place has yet to solve all issues of inequality for its residents. However, many smaller to mid-sized U.S. cities offer more level playing fields than their larger counterparts. In this, our inaugural Top 10 Best Cities for African Americans, we spotlight communities that are great places for African Americans to live, work and play.

How did we select the cities? When we create one of our monthly Top 10 lists, we are looking at livability through a certain lens. Those lenses include demographic (families), lifestyle (foodies, beer lovers), life stage (retirees, college towns) as well as our overall Top 100 Best Places to Live (2016) and Top 100 Small Towns.

Our data driven approach begins with basic indicators of livability, including parks, cost of living, Walk Score, climate, crime, and air quality, as well as measures of health care availability and quality, economic equality, and commute time. Editors then looked for areas with higher-than-average populations of African Americans and places where they are succeeding in terms of income, homeownership and academic achievement. Desirability was measured by analyzing areas where African Americans are moving to at higher rates. Finally, editors factored in lifestyle and consumer data from Esri.


  • Percentage of African American residents: 35.4%
  • African American households make $22,771 less than white households
  • Percentage of African American homeowners: 28%
  • Percentage of New African American residents: 12%

Read More: 2016 10 Best Cities for African Americans


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