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Old 12-29-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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I'm doing an article on the apparent lack of young black professionals in the Chicago area. If you are from the Chicagoland area and have moved to southern cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston or have insight on this matter please share your comments. Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:44 AM
 
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Are you asking the wrong question? Do you believe a black professional now living in a southern state will be active on the Chicago forum? The economy being what it is, I believe many of the people of all colors moving from Chicago are doing so for job opportunities. Many are moving in for the same reasons. Not everyone loves Chicago'bitter cold winters and overcast skies. Those so afflicted move too.

There is a misconception that big city population is not fluid and in constant motion. We have been a nation of movers since the colonies were formed. Overcrowded conditions was one of the reasons my ancestors moved from NY to NJ before 1700.

The Midwest is a different animal than the East Coast. The only thing that grows fast here is food. Towns do not. The fact is Chicago and Cook County have gained about 2.5M population since the mid-60's dispite what looks like a mass exodus.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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I'm doing an article on the apparent lack of young black professionals in the Chicago area. If you are from the Chicagoland area and have moved to southern cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston or have insight on this matter please share your comments. Thanks.
Lack of young Black professionals in Chicago? According to whom? How do you know if your fundamental premise is even correct?
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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Lack of young Black professionals in Chicago? According to whom? How do you know if your fundamental premise is even correct?

I was going to ask the same question.....what is this based upon? I have worked for large pharma companies around Chicago and I have/had plenty of "young black professionals" as colleagues. Where are you looking?
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:32 PM
 
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I know there is somewhat of a migration of African-Americans from northern cities "back" to the south, however, this is mostly with those of retirement age. My guess is that there are just more middle and upper middle class areas in places like Atlanta, Charlotte, and DC which is why there are probably more professionals in those places.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:49 AM
 
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Are you asking the wrong question? Do you believe a black professional now living in a southern state will be active on the Chicago forum? The economy being what it is, I believe many of the people of all colors moving from Chicago are doing so for job opportunities. Many are moving in for the same reasons. Not everyone loves Chicago'bitter cold winters and overcast skies. Those so afflicted move too.

There is a misconception that big city population is not fluid and in constant motion. We have been a nation of movers since the colonies were formed. Overcrowded conditions was one of the reasons my ancestors moved from NY to NJ before 1700.

The Midwest is a different animal than the East Coast. The only thing that grows fast here is food. Towns do not. The fact is Chicago and Cook County have gained about 2.5M population since the mid-60's dispite what looks like a mass exodus.

As is with any major city.

Where did you get the statistic that Cook County gained 2.5 million people since the mid 60s??

Are you refering to total people moving there, rather than net gain?

Are you referring to the entire multicounty metro area, because here is the data for Cook County from wikipedia:

Historical populations
Census Pop. %
1840 10,201
1850 43,385 325.3%
1860 144,954 234.1%
1870 349,966 141.4%
1880 607,524 73.6%
1890 1,191,922 96.2%
1900 1,838,735 54.3%
1910 2,405,233 30.8%
1920 3,053,017 26.9%
1930 3,982,123 30.4%
1940 4,063,342 2.0%
1950 4,508,792 11.0%
1960 5,129,725 13.8%
1970 5,492,369 7.1%
1980 5,253,655 −4.3%
1990 5,105,067 −2.8%
2000 5,376,741 5.3%
2010 5,194,675 −3.4%
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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I think the term "black professional" is starting to get worn out and gets completely misconstrued. It should refer to a black person who earns a comfortable living or works in a good profession. But it gets relegated to blacks who like to get really dressed up when going out in public or something mundane like that. Like some sort of phony social status that has absolutely nothing to do with anything. The big difference in chicago is it's much harder to judge by just looking at someone of any race exactly how much money they do or don't have, although a lot of people still have that sort of mindset. I know plenty of blacks who dress down always just because they want to and don't feel the need to dress a different way just to show how middle class or professional they are.

I spent plenty of time in atlanta while in school and still visit there fairly often. The all young black social scene there is much nicer mainly because of the influence of having the large historically black college campuses and students. And the influence reaches pretty far because atlanta is a much smaller city.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Default large gap between the haves and have nots

I have never done a study or done any research as to how many African Americans are in Chicago compared to other cities. However, it does appear to be a large gap between the haves and have nots. It also seems to be a larger concentration of educated, well traveled African Americans in cites like New York. In additional to that, African Americans in Chicago that are professional and that are making a nice salary tend to distant themselves from their past. I have African Americans in my family that I would consider well off. These people will watch another African American die of thirst if giving said African American a bottle of water would cost them one dime. Let's not forget the hiring practices in Chicago. This could have something to do with why some African Americans are leaving.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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I'm doing an article on the apparent lack of young black professionals in the Chicago area. If you are from the Chicagoland area and have moved to southern cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston or have insight on this matter please share your comments. Thanks.
FYI..I don't live in Chicago now. I moved to Springfield, IL a year ago. I moved because housing in Chicago was too expensive, the people in large cities can be very rude, and just too many people. I am actually doing great now, and I am in a position to move back to Chicago, but I just don't want to deal with the hustle and bustle.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:37 AM
 
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Notwithstanding the highly ambiguous and subjective nature of your (assumed) premise, you might do better to ask your question in the respective forums where your target audience has moved to rather than from.
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