Atlanta is awarded second place for the best cities for Black professionals with a final score of 69.22! Atlanta ranks well for most factors, such as #1 for community & representation, #14 for housing opportunity, #7 for economic opportunity, and #2 for its business environment.
Atlanta is known for its Atlanta University Center, which is the consortium of four HBCUs: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. This density of HBCUs may explain why Atlanta is home to a large Black community (36% of all residents) with a high college graduation rate (28%) and a high employment rate (93%). The median income for these professionals is lower than in Washington DC but more closely aligned with non-Black incomes in the area.
Atlanta boasts both a large and growing Black population. In 2019, 35.7% of the region’s population was Black, up from 31.9% in 2010. The population is growing faster here than any other city in our analysis, signaling an increasingly strong business climate. Black-owned businesses are quite common in Atlanta at a 31.6% share. Catch a southern meal at the Atlanta Breakfast Club, go skating at Cascade Skating, or pick up some tea at Just Add Honey Tea Company.
Lastly, 46.8% of the Black population in Atlanta are homeowners. Similar to DC, the cost burden is lower than average at 40.9%.