For so long, African-American neighborhoods in America have been vilified and associated with crime, illiteracy and poverty. But in a recent study, Black Entertainment Television (BET) identified ten of the most affluent African-American communities in the United States.
Below, lets take a look at these communities:
View Park–Windsor Hill, California
Located on the northern end of Los Angeles, Vista Boulevard and the southern end of Slauson Avenue, View Park-Windsor Hills is one of the wealthiest African-American neighborhoods in the U.S., and is part of a band of neighborhoods, including Fox Hills district and Leimert Park.
The community has the single largest and one of the wealthiest, well-educated, high upper-class communities in America. It was established in the late 1930s and currently has the largest Black population in Los Angeles. The annual family income is estimated to be between $87,043 and $159,168.
Baldwin Hills, California
Baldwin Hills is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, bordering Curver City on the west and Leimert Park on the east. It is home to the National Historic Landmark, Village Green and Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park.
The estate includes the so-called Dons, winding streets with modern homes and low-rise condominiums, with panoramic views of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. It is sometimes referred to as the “Black Beverly Hills” due to its large number of wealthy African-American residents. Baldwin Hills has an average annual family income of roughly $47,550.
Ladera Heights, California
Divided by Lower and Upper Ladera, Ladera Heights is an influential majority African-American community with a population of about 6,486 people and 2,751 households. The estate is adjacent to the affluent View Park-Windsor Hills and the City of Inglewood.
Ladera Heights was established in 1940s, starting with the development of “Old Ladera”. The “New Ladera”, which includes the popular Valentine Homes, was developed in 1960s. It has an average annual family income of about $102,281.
With an estimated population of 10,967 people and 3,148 households, Mitchellville is an unincorporated and census-designated area in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The estate was named after John Mitchell, who owned the Essington Hall plantation that encompassed much of the area.
Mitchellville is home to an upper-middle-class African-American community, with at least 85.4 percent of its population being black. It has a median household income of $109,184. Only 1.9 percent of residents living in this community are below the poverty line.
Fort Washington, Maryland
Bordering the American capital Washington D.C., Fort Washington is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with an estimated population of 23,717 people and 8,135 households.
Fort Washington was built during the War of 1812 to protect the capital from enemy advances on the Potomac River. The estate has an estimated median household income of roughly $126,339.
Established in 1960s by a suburban housing developer, Kettering is an unincorporated area and a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It has an estimated population of about 12,790 people and 3,814 households.
Close to 90 percent of residents living in this estate are black, with an average median household income of about $78,735. It is adjacent to Prince George’s Community College, Six Flags, and other major installations.
Woodmore is an unincorporated area and a census-designated place within the boundaries of Route 193 (Enterprise Road). It comprises of a large gated community and a country club on the northern side of Woodmore Road.
The estate has an estimated population of 3,936 people and 1,977 households. More than 64.9 percent of the population here is African-American, with an average median household income of about $103,438.
Located just a few miles south of the American capital Washington D.C., Friendly is an unincorporated area and a census-designated place in Prince George’s County Maryland. It has a population of about 10,938 people and 3,506 households.
The African-American community in this estate makes up more than 77.67 percent of the entire population. It has a median household income of about $80,214 and a per capita income of $28,545.
Hillcrest, New York
Located north of Spring Valley, Hillcrest is a hamlet incorporated in 1893 and a census-designated area in Ramapo, Rockland County, New York. It is estimated to have a population of 7,558 and 1,976 households.
Although it has not always been predominantly African-American, the number of well-off black households living here has significantly grown over the years. At present, 51.11 percent of the entire population in this affluent community is African-American, with the median household income currently standing at $68,899.
Uniondale, New York
Uniondale is a hamlet and a census-designated place in Nassau County, New York. It is home to Hofstra University’s north campus and has an estimated population of about 24,759 and 6,026 households.
More than 55.53 percent of the population residing in this well-to-do neighborhood is African-American. Its median household is estimated to be around $61,410. Uniondale is home to the Mitchel Athletic Complex, which hosts the Long Island Rough Riders, an amateur soccer team.