Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Truman Hartshorn - Chair

Second Advisor

Susan Walcott

Third Advisor

Kathryn Kozaitis


Since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Atlanta has had a reputation in the African-American community as a place of endless opportunity. This reputation, along with "boosterism" has attracted large numbers of African-American migrants into the Atlanta area. While economic factors no doubt play a role in the decision to migrant to Atlanta for most African-Americans, there are other social factors that "push" and "pull" African-Americans to Atlanta. This thesis looks at the "push" and "pull" factors of African-American migration into Atlanta, and within the Atlanta region. Most of the data in this thesis came from information obtained from two survey questionnaires administered to African-Americans in Metropolitan Atlanta in late 2004. The results of the thesis suggest that economics factors play a larger role in inter-metropolitan migration than intra-metropolitan migration.