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As the cost of living rises in major cities like Chicago, more and more Black people are opting to leave the Windy City in what’s being described as “a reverse migration”

This great exodus is happening as the city is set to have a Black woman as mayor for the first time in history. Attorney Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be in a runoff election on April 2.

As reported by, the decrease of Black folks in the city doesn’t seem to be letting up.

“Chicago’s Black population is on track to shrink to 665,000 by 2030 — down from a peak of about 1.2 million, according to the Urban Institute,” WBUR reported.

“In Chicago, more than 14,000 black residents left Cook County between 2016 and 2017. Chicago has seen 61,000 resident leave annually, a population dwindle that has the Windy City on the brink of dropping from third- to fourth-largest U.S. city (Houston is expected to best Chicago’s population by 2025),” Vibe reported.

“Chicago has seen a decrease in its overall population since 1950, but the trend has been driven lately by African-Americans, who have seen their population decline by 33 percent in that time, according to Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois Chicago,” WBUR reported.

Some might argue that Chicago’s crime rate is driving people away, but many natives would agree that the main factor is cost of living. Black Chicagoans are simply opting to move to areas that are cheaper, such as Southern cities like Atlanta, which is expected to become the nation’s sixth largest city within 20 years.

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4 thoughts on “Cost Of Living (And Yes, Crime) Creates Black Exodus From Chicago

  1. Patricia A Williams on said:

    Yes they are leaving…and guess where they are going? To INDIANA!! They have come to our cuties, and turning them in to frime infested areas! You wouldn’t believe how they come, no education, not looking for jobs, but starting up gangs. I am so upset, and I AM BLACK!! They gave the vouchers, and sent them here. We are not safe in our own homes. So sad. Don’t tell me I should be ashamed, because I am not…the truth is the truth…I lived here you don’t!

  2. Kelli on said:

    Common sense tells me that if someone can find a way to leave a wintery cold, and (and crime riden in some……but not all neighborhoods) they would get the H up out of there. I wonder if a big part of the drop in the Black population is because people are having less kids? As for housing….it’s no secret that it’s hard to find affordable housing in most major cities. For the record there are still lots of Black people in Chi Town that are doing well job wise. We tend to always hear the negative stories…..and not the positive ones

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