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Friday, April 25, 2008

Should I stay or should I go, metro Atlanta?

Using data from the Internal Revenue Service, the info maestros at the Atlanta Regional Commission analyzed the migratory patterns of metro Atlantans. When not doing that, they go through your trash. Here's what they noticed about your fellow man:

Atlanta Regional Commission, Migration, Trends

According to the data, the 20-county metro region gained more than 800,000 residents from other states in 2000-2005, the majority of which moved into the 10-county core. We gain more than we lose, however, as a little more than 600,000 Georgians moved out-of-state. The primary origin state was New York, adding 38,000 residents to metro Atlanta and highlighting the fact that many of Georgia's newest arrivals originate from the Northeast. You'll also notice more people moving from the region's core to the hinterlands than the other way around. To view more statistics, click here.

If only the IRS kept data showing how many people move out of Georgia because of congestion, air quality, crime, drought, the housing market and the fear of firearms on MARTA buses, this graphic would be sooo much cooler. But the ARC researchers did an incredible job nonetheless.

(Graphic courtesy of ARC)

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