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White flight in Richmond (1960-2010)

July 7, 2017 9:10 pm by

Found this neat map on Brookland Park Post showing white flight from 1960 through 2010, in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield. The light green marks the area encompassing 75% of the white population at the time, and each dot represents 15 white people.

I’ve added the black lines, which mark 25th Street, Nine Mile, Fairmount Avenue, and Mechanicsville Turnpike (to the city limits).

Some observations:

  • The city’s white population dropped from sometime in the 1970s to sometime in the 2000s.
  • The greater Church Hill area looks to have experienced “peak white flight” some time before 1980.
  • Very little of the city is inside the “white 75%” at this point.
  • The East End hasn’t even been adjacent to the “white 75%” since the 1990s.

Not sure how the population change graph for 1970 handles the annexation.

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