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Old 03-21-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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Metro Atlanta marks a milestone today as the U.S. Census Bureau reports that it surged past 5 million people last year.

And today they will all travel I-75/85
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:09 AM
 
Location: The Great City of Macon
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Thats Funny
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:58 AM
 
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You mean, it is one of the reason of the traffic issue.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I'm curious as to what counties they included this time to come up with the figure. Sometimes they include certain outlying counties when they come up with metro population stats, then other companies or organizations will use other counties, etc. Very hard to get firm numbers.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:34 AM
 
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I've been hearing the unofficial five million figure used in the media quite often for the past couple of years (give or take a hundred thousand), but the article that I read most recently also claimed that we added approximately 84,000 Katrina evacuees to the population, pushing us over the top.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:55 AM
 
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The CSA has been over 5 million for a while. The MSA has now passed that number.
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Old 03-22-2007, 02:31 PM
 
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They used 28 counties to get to that number; 7 more then when they said Atlanta reached 4 mil in 2000. The extra counties are Dawson, Haralson, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether and Pike.
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Old 03-22-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Actually, the AJC article was worded stupidly. The Atlanta MSA has been 28 counties for a long time, before 2000. The CSA consists of 33 counties.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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the MSA was 20 counties in the 2000 Census. The Census Bureau does the counting; the Office of Management and Budget is who determines what counties constitute an MSA. They update MSA definitions a few years after each census and it's based on things like commuting patterns, how closely economic activity is tied to the core of MSA, etc. They sometimes add counties, sometimes drop them. They added the additional 8 counties to Atlanta's MSA sometime around 2003.

The article said without the additional 8 counties, just the 20 used in 2000, the population would be just under 5M. So they add a relatively small number of people, maybe ~250K.

Agencies like the Atlanta Regional Commission count only 10 counties, the most urban & populated ones in the center. So their figures are smaller than the Census Bureaus. Their numbers are ~3.5M. Since the Georgia Regional Transit Authority is focused on transportation issues, including mass transit, it also focuses only on counties with the density to support options like buses, etc. I can't recall exactly its area of purview, but it's about the same as ARCs or smaller.
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