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Old 06-24-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: ATL
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ARC: Population to hit 8.3 million by 2040 - Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Population and job growth will decline over the next 30 years, but forecasters at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) expect 3 million more people and 1.6 million more jobs in metro Atlanta by 2040.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Given the ARC under counts every time they make an estimate, I'd say the population should be around 10 million by 2040
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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If this +100,000 a year growth continues, the ARC could easily make it to 13 million.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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The Census already has estimations of the Atlanta metro area exceeding 7 million after the 2010 count, with that you can add a possiblilty of 500,000 that will not even fill out the census so let's make it 7.5 million.

Per the Business Chronicle and census counting office, even with the recession the Atanta area is still adding over 100,000 people per year.

Only one question to it all, with Lake Lanier being the main source for Atlanta and for example the past rains brought it to within 2 foot of full and now with two weeks on rainless weather only, Lake Lanier is down 7 foot, with the current population sucking on it daily. What the heck are we going to do with 10, 20+ Million.

Kinda scary ain't it
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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The Census already has estimations of the Atlanta metro area exceeding 7 million after the 2010 count, with that you can add a possiblilty of 500,000 that will not even fill out the census so let's make it 7.5 million.

Per the Business Chronicle and census counting office, even with the recession the Atanta area is still adding over 100,000 people per year.

Only one question to it all, with Lake Lanier being the main source for Atlanta and for example the past rains brought it to within 2 foot of full and now with two weeks on rainless weather only, Lake Lanier is down 7 foot, with the current population sucking on it daily. What the heck are we going to do with 10, 20+ Million.

Kinda scary ain't it
Do you have a link for that estimate? I try to navigate the Census Bureau website and it's like a mystical maze
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The Census already has estimations of the Atlanta metro area exceeding 7 million after the 2010 count, with that you can add a possiblilty of 500,000 that will not even fill out the census so let's make it 7.5 million.
yeah I think that's just the census overestimating. I think it's highly unlikely that Atlanta hits 7 million or even come close to it come 2010. The Atlanta CSA hasn't even reached 5.7 million, let alone 6 or 6.5 million.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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When I moved to Atlanta in 1984, the metro population was just reaching 2 million. At that time I seem to remember an article in the paper about how they were estimating grater metro Atlanta to "possibly exceed 3 million people by 2001". Well, we're more than two million past that now.

There's no real way to predict growth trends, though. Atlanta could continue it's past growth for many years to come, in which case it wouldn't shock me to see the metro area up to 10 or more million by 2040. Then again, some unforeseen series of events could take place and Atlanta could be an abandoned Detroit-like place in 2040, too. No way to know till we're there, and considering I'd officially be in my mid-70s when this happens, I doubt I'll care when it does as I'll be more worried about staying regular and eating solid food by then.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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At the current funding level, the DOT is already tens of billions short of what will be required just to maintain the current level of gridlock. Without major changes in development patterns and/or transportation funding, I believe gridlock will eventually choke Atlanta's growth.

And we can once again water our lawns, but no real long-term solutions have been made on the water supply. Basically, I don't think its out of the realm of possibility that Atlanta's unstoppable growth could end without some real leadership to address these issues.

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Do you have a link for that estimate? I try to navigate the Census Bureau website and it's like a mystical maze
The projections were not actually done by the Census but by Biz Journals based on current trends. Projected 2025 population (http://www.bizjournals.com/specials/pages/257.html - broken link)
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