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Old 01-05-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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The census estimates for 2013 are here. It shows the South leading population growth nationwide yet again. However, a disturbing trend shows Georgia slowing. Georgia added 76,000, mostly around Atlanta. North Carolina added 99,000, spread over Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, and the Triad. Virginia added 75,000, mostly around D.C. Florida led the numerical increase with 232,000, spread pretty evenly over most of the state. If the entire state of Georgia only added 76,000 people, Atlanta's growth numbers will be disappointing to many. Atlanta constitutes about 2/3's of Georgia's growth. You can expect the Atlanta MSA to add between 50,000 and 60,000 residents. A major slowdown compared to the near 100,000 numbers previously. Anyone think it will pick back up?
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I am not sure whether the new Georgia number reflects that demographers really think that slower growth happened in that 1 particular year or if it was more of a correction due to overly optimistic numbers of growth given to Georgia's yearly estimates earlier this decade. I felt all along that the previous estimates were too optimistic in view of the serious economic downturn in Georgia.
Frankly I have felt that North Carolina's numbers have been too optimistic recently as well & noticed that Florida's growth is sharply lower than what it experieced for decades.
Speaking again to the slower new Georgia number, the type of numbers we see issued in the next couple of years will determine whether this is thought to be a new trend for slower growth here or if it was a correction or aberration.
By the way, most of the south has also slowed noticeably & the states to our west, removed from the Atlantic coast line, fared worse in the latest numbers & have been doing so since the last census.
Tennessee to our north is growing far slower than at any time since it suffered a sharp slowdown during the 1980's & Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas & Kentucky are just creeping along as in barely treading water.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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I'd be happy to see Georgia's growth slow down. We need to focus on improving what we've got instead of having people move in here willy-nilly.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I'd be happy to see Georgia's growth slow down. We need to focus on improving what we've got instead of having people move in here willy-nilly.
I will take quality over quantity any day.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I will take quality over quantity any day.
Amen!
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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Most people are heading to Texas these days. Dallas alone is adding more growth than the state of GA....Houston too probably.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Having lived both in boom states & stagnant states, I'd prefer something in the middle, as in the "happy median" concept.
Growth for the sake it or getting bigger for the sake of bigness are not workable or laudable concepts as regards the quality of life imho & are ideas that turn me off completely.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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No worries. Many of those moving to FL will realize the mistake they made within a year, and inch their way up to GA.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Atlanta's growth slowing down? GOOD.

The rest of the state could use it, however.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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Don't know when they last updated the population estimates, but from what I heard was that the latest estimate for 2013 was close to the 100k mark.
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