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Black Mecca: 10 Amazing Facts About Atlanta

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The 2010 U.S. Census recorded Atlanta as the nation’s fourth largest majority Black city, and it has long been known as a center of African-American political power, education, and culture.

Often called a Black Mecca, the city is home to the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically Black colleges that produces more African-American post graduates than any college system excluding Howard University.

With more than 60,000 Black-owned companies, Atlanta is bursting at the seams with Black entrepreneurs. In addition, almost 25 percent of Black adults in Atlanta have degrees, which accounts for the large numbers of African-Americans employed in major and mid-sized corporations.


Black Metro Atlanta by The Numbers

  • 1.7 million -Black residents who call the Atlanta region home as of 2010, comprising 34 percent of the total metropolitan population.
  • 518,734 – Black residents added from 2000 through 2010 to the Atlanta region, the largest net gain of any racial or ethnic group. Since 2000, the Atlanta region has added 281,556 whites, 278,549 Hispanics and 118,348 Asians.


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