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15 U.S. cities with the lowest unemployment rates for African Americans and other surprising facts

Businesswoman.Are you thinking about moving to a new city or staying in your current one? Well check out this list of the cities with the lowest unemployment rates for African Americans. Hopefully this list and the links to job banks around the country can push you one step closer to the job and city of your dreams.  This data is based on the United States Census 2013 American Community Data Survey.

The 2013 unemployment rate for African Americans in the United States was 9.4%. Here are a list of cities that are below the national average. 

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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area: 7.7%
The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro area has one of the United States’ largest African American populations with 803,254 people.
College enrollment: 32.5%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.8%
Graduate degrees attained: 9.3%
Median household income: $47,898
Poverty rate: 19.1%
Fact: Twenty-six percent of African Americans in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro area work for the government.
Find a job in Baltimore here: www.mwejobs.maryland.gov


Tulsa, OK Metro Area: 7.6%
Home of Black Wall Street in Greenwood, Oklahoma, there are 75,538 African Americans living in the Tulsa, OK Metro area.
College enrollment: 24.4%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.7%
Graduate degrees attained: 5.7%
Median Household income: $26,995
Poverty rate: 30.3 %
Fact: Over 27% of African Americans employed in the Tulsa, OK Metro area work in management, business, science, and arts occupations.
Find a job in Tulsa here: www.okjobmatch.com

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New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area: 7.6%
Even after Hurricane Katrina decimated Black communities in southern Louisiana there are 433,151 African Americans living in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro area.
College enrollment: 25.3%
Bachelor degrees attained: 10.7%
Graduate degrees attained: 4.9%
Median household income: $27,812
Poverty rate: 32.3%
Fact: Approximately 25% of employed African Americans in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro area work in the educational services, and health care and social assistance industries.
Find a job in New Orleans here: www.louisianaworks.net

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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metro Area: 7.5%
With an African American population of 143,482, Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metro area has one of the lowest unemployment rates for African Americans in the nation.
College enrollment: 27.6%
Bachelor degrees attained: 9.2%
Graduate degrees attained: 4.4%
Median household income: $29,392
Poverty rate: 28.8%
Fact: Over 30% of African American women in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metro area are enrolled in college or graduate school.
Find a job in Greenville here: www.jobs.scworks.org

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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area: 7.5%
There are 146,932 African Americans a mile high in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro area.
College enrollment: 34.8%
Bachelor degrees attained: 14.8%
Graduate degrees attained: 9%
Median household income: $41,215
Poverty rate: 25.2%
Fact: Twenty-eight percent of African Americans employed in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro area work in sales and office occupations.
Find a job in Denver here: www.connectingcolorado.com

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Columbus, OH Metro Area: 7.5%
Columbus, OH Metro Area has a substantial African American population with approximately 286,036 African Americans living in this community.
College enrollment: 26.5%
Bachelor degrees attained: 18.1%
Graduate degrees attained: 21.3%
Median household income: $33,451
Poverty rate: 31%
Fact: Approximately 17.1% of employed African American civilians over 16 years old work for the government.
Find a job in Columbus here: www.jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com

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San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area: 7.4%
Everything is big in Texas including the African American population. There are 149,159 African Americans in the San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area.
College enrollment: 38.4%
Bachelor degrees attained: 15.8%
Graduate degrees attained: 11%
Median household income: $41,681
Poverty rate: 24.3%
Fact: Over 40% of African Americans in the San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro area have some college education or an associates degree.
Find a job in San Antonio here: www.twc.state.tx.us

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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area: 7.3%
Approximately 240,461 African Americans call the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area home.
College enrollment: 32.1%
Bachelor degrees attained: 14.1%
Graduate degrees attained: 7.2%
Median household income: $41,081
Poverty rate: 26.8%
Fact: Over 33% of African Americans over the age of 16 in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro area are married.
Find a job in Seattle here: www.fortress.wa.gov/esd/worksource

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Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area: 7.3%
There are 269,975 African Americans in the music city.
College enrollment: 30.8%
Bachelor degrees attained: 14.5%
Graduate degrees attained: 8.6%
Median household income: $37,716
Poverty rate: 22.4%
Fact: Over 4% of African Americans ages 16 and up in the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro area are self-employed and own an unincorporated business.
Find a job in Nashville here: www.jobs4tn.gov

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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area: 7.3%
Home of the brave Little Rock Nine, there are 163,225 African Americans in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area.
College enrollment: 26.1%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.5%
Graduate degrees attained: 6.2%
Median household income: 31,506
Poverty rate: 27.5%
Fact: Approximately 23% of employed African Americans in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro area work for the government.
Find a job in Little Rock here: www.arjoblink.arkansas.gov

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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area: 6.6%
Like the sun, approximately 225,302 African Americans are shining in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area.
College enrollment: 31.4%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.8%
Graduate degrees attained: 8.9%
Median Household income: $36,779
Poverty rate: 21%
Fact: Only 7.9% of married African American families in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro area live in poverty.
Find a job in Phoenix here: www.azjobconnection.gov

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Baton Rouge, LA Metro Area: 6.6%
The Baton Rouge, LA Metro Area is the home to 293,661 African Americans.
College enrollment: 22.9%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.6%
Graduate degrees attained: 6%
Median household income: $35,580
Poverty rate: 30%
Fact: Fifty-three percent of African Americans in the Baton Rouge, LA Metro area live in owner-occupied housing units.
Find a job in Baton Rouge here: www.louisianaworks.net

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Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area: 6.4%
With an African American population of 133,687 people, Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area is the second city in Oklahoma to make the list.
College enrollment: 30.9%
Bachelor degrees attained: 13.7%
Graduate degrees attained: 5.2%
Median household income: $34,745
Poverty rate: 27.7%
Fact: Over 31% of African Americans in the Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area are employed in the educational services, and health care and social assistance industries.
Find a job in Oklahoma here: www.okjobmatch.com

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Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area: 6.2%
Consistently named one of the best cities in the United States, approximately 135,776 African Americans live in the Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro area.
College enrollment: 33.4%
Bachelor degrees attained: 15.9%
Graduate degrees attained: 9.1%
Median household income: $42,514
Poverty rate: 19.1%
Fact: Over 37% of African Americans in the Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro area are in management, business, science, and arts occupations.
Find a job in Austin here: www.twc.state.tx.us

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Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area: 4.8%
With 66,995 African Americans, the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area is the metro with the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans in the United States.
College enrollment: 34.9%
Bachelor degrees attained: 14.7%
Graduate degrees attained: 5.8%
Median Household income: $27,614
Poverty rate: 31%
Fact: Over 89% of African Americans in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro area have at least a high school diploma. Over 27% of African Americans employed in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro area work in management, business, science, and arts occupations.
Find a job in Omaha here: www.neworks.nebraska.gov

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Cities with the highest percentage of African Americans with Bachelors and Graduate degrees

MSA Bachelors Graduate Totals
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 17.7% 13.9% 31.6%
Raleigh, NC Metro Area 19% 10% 29%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metro Area 16.5% 11.8% 28.3%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area 17.6% 9.7% 27.3%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area 15.8% 11% 26.8%
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area 17.1% 9.2% 26.3%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area 16.9% 8.8% 25.7%
Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area 15.9% 9.1% 25%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 16.2% 8.8% 25%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area 15.8% 8.7% 24.5%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area 16.5% 7.7% 24.2%

 

Cities with lowest percentage of African Americans living in poverty

MSA Poverty %
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 13.6%
Raleigh, NC Metro Area 18.3%
Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area 19.1%
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area 19.1%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metro Area 19.2%
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area 19.9%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area 20.5%
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area 20.5%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metro Area 20.6%
New Haven-Milford, CT Metro Area 21%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area 21.1%

Source American Community Data Survey 2013 Table S0201, United States Metro Areas.

Unemployment: Population 16 years and over
Population: African American only
School enrollment: Population 3 years and over enrolled in school
Educational Attainment: Population 25 years and over
Income in the past 12 months (in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars): Median household income (dollars)
Poverty rates: All people (African Americans)

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5 comments

  1. MixedUpInVegas 5 August, 2015 at 22:31 Reply

    Your talent for research is astounding! Or maybe it is just too hot to go outside, but you have posted some amazing and important lists back to back in the last couple of months. I applaud you! Many thanks!

  2. Shayla 7 August, 2015 at 00:38 Reply

    This came just is handy for me, I am seriously thinking about moving to another state that will have better oppurtunities for my family.

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