Study: Housing, Jobs, Schools Push SF Black Flight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new report issued by a mayoral task force
blames a shortage of affordable housing, jobs, good schools and black culture for a sharp drop in San Francisco's African-American population.

The city's African American Out-migration Task Force says that the number of African-Americans in very-low-income households has increased while the number of black-owned businesses has declined.

The task force's report says African-Americans have the city's lowest home ownership rates.

According to the U.S. Census, San Francisco's black population dropped from 13.4 percent in 1970 to an estimated 6.5 percent in 2005.

The report blames poor economic and housing conditions for forcing black families out of the city and discouraging new black residents from moving to San Francisco.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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