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Chicago's black population is on track to shrink toby — down from a peak of about 1.

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We have great public officials, great faith-based communities, great community organizations that are doing great work to stabilize communities like this," she says. And then Atlanta pick up lines for guys the school system here just isn't the best and there's a lot of things that go along with getting into the schools that are really good in the city.

Welch says she hasn't given up on Chicago, even though she has no plans to move back. While she hasn't lost any friends or family to dating chat Elk Grove violence, Welch says she started to worry about her safety after she heard gunshots while leaving her office in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

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Correction: An earlier version of the audio atop this post incorrectly stated Chicago has only had one black mayor. Even though she doesn't have kids, Welch says Chicago's school system is another reason she doesn't think she'll ever move back to best Arizona to date online city.

One factor in many African-Americans' decision to leave is Chicago's rising cost of living.

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And good schools are primarily in good communities," she says. The mass exodus comes as Chicago is set to have a black woman as its mayor for the first time in history.

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That type of experience is very small compared to a lot of the parents who have lost their children or people who witness someone being shot or seeing a dead body laying on the ground for hours at a time. Chicago native Kathryn Welch, 48, is one of many black Chicagoans who meet Danbury ricans online just that and elected to leave.

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She says she Orlando Florida FL girls date the city grappling with violent crime, and has no plans to move back. So overall in these conditions of disinvestment, people are weighing their options. Ware is getting a much bigger place in North Carolina than she has in Chicago.

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But I feel really safe where I am. After 26 years living in the city, Welch moved to the suburb of South Holland to be closer to her parents.

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Weather — specifically Chicago's winter cold — is another factor pulling Ware to the South, she says. But there's another reason Ware decided to leave Chicago: She wants her son to grow up someplace with lots of opportunity.

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And she says she'll pay a lot less in taxes by leaving Illinois. Although Pasadena and ally dating in real life says she loves the city, Ware is selling her townhouse and moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, with her 2-year-old son Kayden and year-old dog Rocco.

Chicago's homicide rate fell for the second year in a row in But the total was still more than New York and Los Angeles combined. Ware, 40, grew up in Milwaukee and moved to Chicago in to pursue a career in marketing.

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But at that moment I just felt so vulnerable. I don't feel as I Beaumont ways to meet guys [in the city] that there will be a gunshot at any point.

In fact, it has had two: Eugene Sawyer was selected by the City Council to serve as mayor after the sudden death of Harold Washington.

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Chris came to the show from Chicago. Thousands of black residents are moving away from Chicago every year in what some have called a "reverse Great Migration.