Report: White Flight Correlated to Job Loss in Black, Latino Suburbs

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

A new study by the Metropolitan Planning Council’s research chief, Alden Loury, examines what happens to a town’s jobs climate when its white residents leave and, as is usually the case, black or brown residents move in.

Loury wrote that his study shows “that suburban municipalities that witnessed sharp declines in white population between 2000 and 2010 have continued to lose population, lose jobs or lose both since 2010, particularly majority-black and majority-Latino suburbs.”

Like Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park and Stone Park — all suburbs highlighted in yellow in the map below, which indicates either job loss or population declines.

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“In the map above, the municipalities in red have lost both population and jobs since 2010. The areas in yellow have lost either population or jobs. And the green areas have seen both population growth and job growth.

“Majority-black and majority-Latino suburbs have been hit the hardest. Seven of the eight majority-black suburbs included in the analysis have lost population, lost jobs or both since 2010. In addition to Calumet City and Riverdale, they include Bellwood, Broadview, Dolton, Harvey and Maywood. Each of those suburbs saw their white population decrease by more than 38 percent from 2000 to 2010.”

To read more of Loury’s analysis, click here. VFP

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