What's Happening This Month
Drawing on Census Data, UT’s Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) has just released an issue brief entitled “Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African- American Population.”
The brief reveals that Austin, with a 20.4% growth rate between 2000 and 2010, was the only city in the nation with a double-digit general population growth rate coincident with African-American population decline.
According to Dr. King Davis, director of IUPRA, “Every city in the nation with growth comparable to that of Austin’s—even cities with only half of Austin’s growth rate—saw a simultaneous increase in its African-American population. Only in Austin was the opposite true.”
The brief points to lingering structural inequalities that disproportionately impact African Americans in Austin: the legacy of segregation, the intensification of gentrification, and inequalities in policing and public education.
“These population trends certainly do not square with Austin’s reputation as a tolerant city, a liberal city,” according to Dr. Eric Tang, author of the study.
This brief is the first in a series on African Americans and the inequalities they face in Austin.