By CANDACE ROBERTS
Yes, you read that right! More and more blacks are packing up and heading down South to live. Why? The homes are bigger and the rent is cheaper. Not to mention job growth, family ties and improving racial relations. Down South is becoming the new land of opportunity.
Once upon a time, Blacks moved to the North in search of a better life. This movement is known as, The Great Migration, where over 6 million Blacks moved from the South to the North, from 1910 to 1930. Since 1965 a Reverse Migration has taken effect and with all the opportunities of the New South, it’s not hard to see why. Denene Millner of Ebony magazine reported,”Texas and Georgia have attracted the most Black college graduates. 57% of Black Americans live below the Mason-Dixon line.”
After taking a trip down to San Antonio, Texas and touring huge homes with affordable prices, I wanted to move even further South, my home-state being North Carolina. I saw model homes with 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 3 living rooms, two dining areas, a movie theater, a study, 3 car garage, and game rooms for less than $250,000. I’ll even go as far as saying that most of the affordable homes in Texas put homes aired on MTV Cribs to shame. Same as when I went to Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville homes were large with prices as low as $90,000. The homes in Alabama were impressive, to say the least, but of course everything is bigger in Texas. Great homes with low prices are found all throughout the South. I had once considered moving up North. As much as I love New York City, I am not willing to dish out $2,000 or more a month for a tiny, run down apartment. So, a visit will have to suffice.
Some Southern cities to consider: