Livability.com Names the 10 Best Cities for African Americans, 2016

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Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s best cities for African Americans

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Our nation’s largest cities, as well as towns in the rural South have traditionally been the go-to centers of African-American life, but today, smaller and mid-size cities throughout the U.S. can be great places for African Americans.

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. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the 10 Best Cities for African Americans, 2016.

To select these cities, our editors followed a data driven approach starting 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.

Editors then narrowed down the list looking for cities in a range of sizes and geographies. Interestingly, this list featured an unusual amount of communities housing or surrounding military bases, but there are plenty of other options as well.

“Our nation’s largest cities, as well as towns in the rural South have traditionally been the go-to centers of African-American life,” said Livability editor and chief trend analyst, Matt Carmichael. “But I think this list shows that, today, smaller and mid-size cities throughout the U.S. can be great places for African Americans.”

10 Best Cities for African Americans, 2016
1. Tallahassee, FL
2. Lansing, MI
3. North Las Vegas, NV
4. York, PA
5. La Vergne, TN
6. Springfield, MA
7. Stockbridge, GA
8. Horn Lake, MS
9. Lawton, OK
10. Frankfort, KY

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About Livability.com​:
Livability is a relocation site focused how cities, especially small to mid­sized cities, become great places to live. Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics including small towns, college towns and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.

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