Since the “Great Migration” from the South in the early 1900s, black Americans have been on the move.
When legalized segregation ended with the passage of Civil Rights laws in the 1960s, blacks in Ohio and across the nation began to leave urban areas and trickle into the suburbs.
Today, Ohio’s 1.4 million black residents are widely scattered throughout the state. One in every six of the state’s populated census tract neighborhoods has at least 1,000 black residents.
But while the mobility rate for Ohio blacks is 1.5 times higher than that of the overall population, there’s a difference in where blacks move.
The most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that 79 percent of black Ohioans who moved in the previous year came from a residence in the same county.
The statewide rate for all residents who moved from an in-county location was only 65 percent.
The interactive map of Ohio’s 2,952 census tract neighborhoods shows areas that are attracting black residents. Darker shaded areas indicate a large percentage of the black population in a tract moved there recently.
Click on any portion of the map to see details of where the newest black residents in a tract moved from.