Cincinnati's Black population is decreasing

UC expert in urban history comments on change in city’s demographics

According to Enquirer reporting, there are fewer Black residents in Cincinnati than there were in 1980. This decrease could have social and political impacts in the area; to include less attention and funds for underserved populations.

Many Black families are moving to the suburbs for the same reasons white populations have in the past, such as safety and better schools, says David Stradling, professor of urban history in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“I think that African Americans moving into the suburbs, and enjoying the benefits that whites have always sought out in the suburbs, particularly living in neighborhoods that they feel safe in, and that they feel comfortable with sending their kids to school, is a good thing.”

UC professors Brian Calfano and Jeffrey Timberlake are also quoted in the article.

Read the Enquirer article

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