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Old 08-16-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Morningside, Atlanta, GA
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According to new ARC estimates, population growth is steady in the 10 county core Atlanta area. The North Suburbs and Henry lead in population growth, while the the City of Atlanta has turned it around and is starting to grow faster. Here's the article and the underlying data:

Metro Atlanta growth remains steady - Atlanta Business Chronicle

http://documents.atlantaregional.com...mates_main.pdf
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I see the ARC is more conservative than the latest US Census estimates. I trust the ARC much more in this regard. I think the US Census has a computer program based off who knows what. They had the city gaining more in one year since the last census (in the worst of the recession mind you) than the city posted the entire decade from 2000 to 2010. They had Atlanta well over the half million mark in 2009.

Trust the folks on the ground, I say. Thanks for this info.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Terrible news for city of Atlanta. It's barely grown 2k based on this from 2010. I'm not impressed.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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The region’s population of 4,219,600 is higher than 24 states.
Why do people keep saying we have 6 million people?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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Terrible news for city of Atlanta. It's barely grown 2k based on this from 2010. I'm not impressed.
You have to look at the city as a whole. Some areas have been growing quite a bit.

Also wait till the stadium is built and the streetcar is finished.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Why do people keep saying we have 6 million people?
ARC did not include other counties outside of the 10-county metro area.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Why do people keep saying we have 6 million people?
The ARC reports on only 10 core counties. It is a planning commission that advises the metro area on growth. If you look at this list, major metro counties like Forsyth, Paulding, Coweta and others are not on the list not to mention the myriad of other far flung counties that are included in the US Census Metropolitan Statistacal area.

The US Census uses more counties to define the MSA, 29 to be exact. Add those up and you get about 5.5 million.

Atlanta metropolitan area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The CSA (Combined Statistical Area) adds the Gainseville and Athens MSAs and several smaller "micropolitan" areas. The CSA is over 6 million. From the above:

Atlanta's larger combined statistical area (CSA) adds the Gainesville, Georgia MSA, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia MSA and the LaGrange, Georgia, Thomaston, Georgia, Jefferson, Georgia, Calhoun, Georgia and Cedartown, Georgia micropolitan areas, for a total 2012 population of 6,092,295.

There is where your discrepancies lie. Depends on which measuring stick you use.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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You have to look at the city as a whole. Some areas have been growing quite a bit.

Also wait till the stadium is built and the streetcar is finished.
.......I don't see how either of these would boost population. The fully build-out streetcar, yes, but not the current downtown loop.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Terrible news for city of Atlanta. It's barely grown 2k based on this from 2010. I'm not impressed.
It's a little disappointing, but it's hardly terrible news. I guess it just means there are parts of the city still losing population just as fast as other parts are gaining (Buckhead, Midtown, Eastside, West-Midtown).
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:36 AM
 
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That just means there has to be a lot of near desolate areas in Atlanta for the growth in the more dense, urban areas to be almost mitigated completely. I thought we would have seen the population near 460,000 by now. Atlanta just seems like it can't grow properly like a normal city. Will we ever reach 500k at this rate?
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