5:44 am June 24, 2010, by Henry Unger
The recession takes another victim — Atlanta’s population growth.
After years of rapid population increases, the pace of growth in the city is slowing, AJC reporter Leon Stafford writes.
Atlanta’s population increased by 0.7 percent between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, to 540,921 residents, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s one of its slowest growth rates in a decade.
The recession is to blame, University of Georgia demographer Doug Bechtel told Stafford.
“From a demographic perspective, population changes in three ways: births, deaths and migration,” he said. “Since the ’60s, Atlanta’s growth has been people moving here. What has happened is that because of the recession, that migration isn’t happening as much. People are not moving around.”
Instead, he said, the increases are coming from births, which grow at a slower pace.
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