MI Black History: Population Boom

Q: By percent, how much did Detroit’s African-American population increase between 1910 and 1920?

A: 611 percent. Much of that growth came as African-American families left the South to look for high-paying factory jobs in Detroit and other northern cities. During that decade, the overall growth soared 113 percent, from 465,766 people to just under 1 million, but the rate of growth of the African-American population was greater still, with 40,838 black people calling Detroit home by 1920.

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