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Old 09-12-2013, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Closer than you think!
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This would make more sense in my opinion since Marietta and Decatur are both more popular than Sandy Springs and Roswell. Also, unincorporated Cobb County and DeKalb County uses Marietta and Decatur as a mailing address which means 300,000 people or more are using Marietta and Decatur. This has always been interesting to me.

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:44 AM
 
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This would make more sense in my opinion since Marietta and Decatur are both more popular than Sandy Springs and Roswell. Also, unincorporated Cobb County and DeKalb County uses Marietta and Decatur as a mailing address which means 300,000 people or more are using Marietta and Decatur. This has always been interesting to me.

What do you guys think?
That's an interesting question.

I guess that one would have to ask the U.S. Census Bureau why they use the names that they use (which the name that they use for Metro Atlanta is for statistical purposes or what not).

Most people who are not demographers or statisticians (for the Census Bureau or otherwise) just refer to the metro area as either "Metro Atlanta" or use the shorthand of "Atlanta" (particularly when visiting in another state or another part of the country) since Atlanta is the famous headline city that has driven the growth of the area and since Atlanta was the largest and most-populous jurisdiction in the area at one time (the City of Atlanta still is the largest incorporated city in the metro area).
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:02 AM
 
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I vote for Atlanta-College Park-Doraville
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:28 AM
 
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You do realize that the MSA designations are not based on popularity right? Oh, wait. Maybe you don't. Hmmm....
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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It's based on population.

Sandy Springs and Roswell have more than twice the population of Marietta and Decatur (edit: in the city limits). Marietta was used before Sandy Springs and Roswell exploded though (I think).

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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If based on zip codes, it would be Atlanta-Marietta-Lawrenceville.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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On this basis I might have to change my name to ATLLondon-Croydon-Dartford'er!

So could Atlanta get one up on Minneapolis/St Pauls and become the Trio-Cities?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:08 AM
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Maybe it's not called that because it leaves out dozens of other major areas.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Honestly Before I moved to Atlanta area, I had never heard of:

Marietta Decatur

My Dad who worked for Lockheed, and would go to Dobbins on business trips, would say he was going to Atlanta, Not I'm going to Marietta.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA..don't go to GSU
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Count the number of letters in each name.
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