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A single mother, she said that for 0,000, she was buying a seven-room house, with a three-car garage, on a nice plot of land. Ross said she had experienced some culture shock in the South, and had been surprised to find that blacks tended to self-segregate, even in affluent neighborhoods. People in Georgia have a different mind-set and life is more relaxed and comfortable here, she said. Well it isn't a new phenomenon, I think Atlanta has been experiencing a major influx from the north since the 2000s.

Of course the article doesn't specify which "blacks".

My grandmothers generation left the South and came to the North to escape segregation and racism, she said.

Now, I am going back because New York has become like the old South in its racial attitudes.

Her grandmother was a maid; her grandfather was a brick mason. Her father became a senior tax official for the state; her mother was an executive assistant to the state corrections commissioner. In Atlanta, he became a deputy sheriff within weeks. In the South, I can buy a big house with a garden compared with the shoe box my retirement savings will buy me in New York, she said. For decades, Queens has been the place where the African-American middle class went to buy their first home and raise a family, Mr. But now, we are seeing a reversal of this as African-Americans feel this is no longer as easy to achieve and that the South is more benevolent than New York.

Some blacks say they are leaving not only to find jobs, but also because they have soured on race relations. Albans, who remains unemployed despite having a business degree, plans to move to Charlotte, N. She said her decision was prompted by an altercation with the police. Wilkins was thrown against a car by a white police officer after she tried to help a black neighbor who was being questioned.

Many black New Yorkers who are already in the South say they have little desire to return to the city, even though they get wistful at the mention of the subways or Harlem nights. Ross said she had grown up hearing stories at the dinner table about segregation.

Danitta Ross, 39, a real estate broker who used to live in Queens, said she moved to Atlanta four years ago after her company, responding to the surge in black New Yorkers moving south, began offering relocation seminars. She said the Atlanta she discovered was a cosmopolitan place of classical music concerts, interracial marriage and opulent houses owned by black people.

Of the 44,474 who left New York State in 2009, more than half, or 22,508, went to the South, according to a study conducted by the sociology department of Queens College for The New York Times. The percentage of blacks leaving big cities in the East and in the Midwest and heading to the South is now at the highest levels in decades, demographers say. New York is increasingly unaffordable, and blacks see more opportunities in the South.

All in all, besides NYC and DC, the South is the place to be in the future. The difference between salaries is not as high as the difference between living expenses.

So the choice is obvious, except for young singles pursuing a career. It's really a no-brainer deciding between living month-to-month in NYC or living a decent life down south.

Quite the reverse today, for black upstaters, many of whom have roots in Georgia or the Carolinas, New South metros offer a wealth of employment & business opportunities unheard of up in Buffalo, where African Americans are now largely relegated to menial jobs, if working at all.

By contrast, when white upstate expats get down south, all they seem to chat about are stuff like the latest loses of the Bills or the Sabres. Some complain how they can’t find construction or kitchen jobs like they did in Buffalo.

Of the 44,474 who left New York State in 2009, more than half, or 22,508, went to the South, according to a study conducted by the sociology department of Queens College for The New York Times. The percentage of blacks leaving big cities in the East and in the Midwest and heading to the South is now at the highest levels in decades, demographers say. New York is increasingly unaffordable, and blacks see more opportunities in the South.

All in all, besides NYC and DC, the South is the place to be in the future. The difference between salaries is not as high as the difference between living expenses.

So the choice is obvious, except for young singles pursuing a career. It's really a no-brainer deciding between living month-to-month in NYC or living a decent life down south.

Quite the reverse today, for black upstaters, many of whom have roots in Georgia or the Carolinas, New South metros offer a wealth of employment & business opportunities unheard of up in Buffalo, where African Americans are now largely relegated to menial jobs, if working at all.

By contrast, when white upstate expats get down south, all they seem to chat about are stuff like the latest loses of the Bills or the Sabres. Some complain how they can’t find construction or kitchen jobs like they did in Buffalo.

But today, there is less of a struggle to survive in the South than in New York. Brown, who spent 35 years investigating welfare fraud for New York State, may have seemed the embodiment of the black American dream in New York City.