Black Demographic Trends in the 1980s

January 1987 | William P. O'Hare

Most of the black demographic trends of the 1970s have continued into the 1980s, but the pace has quickened in some areas and slowed in others. While the black population is becoming proportionately larger-especially among the very young and the very old-the actual rate of increase is declining. Migration and residential patterns continue to move in lines parallel to those of whites, but more slowly; central cities have become increasingly black. Combined complex trends of fertility, marriage, and family structure are leaving an ever-larger share of black children in poverty.

Author(s): William P. O’Hare

Download the Article

Read on JSTOR

Volume 65, Issue S1 (pages 35–55)
Published in 1987