Power Breakfast: Metro Atlanta graying quickly, Newnan Yamaha adding jobs, state revenue up

Metro Atlanta is rapidly graying, creating new priorities and problems for a region largely geared to young people and working families, AJC reporters Craig Schneider and John Perry write.

The number of people 65 and older grew by 44 percent from 2000 to 2010 within Atlanta’s 28-county metropolitan statistical area, according to U.S. Census figures released today.

That’s 145,000 additional seniors who need their own types of housing, transportation and recreational activities — bringing the total number of seniors to nearly 472,000, the reporters write. In many areas, service providers are failing to keep pace with demand.

The regional growth of the senior population greatly exceeded the rate of overall population growth, which was 24 percent, the reporters write. The Atlanta region also is graying considerably faster than the nation as a whole.

The trend is being driven by baby boomers who are becoming senior citizens and older adults who are living longer, the reporters write. The fact that Atlanta is outpacing the nation suggests that quite a few seniors are choosing to relocate here.

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9 comments Add your comment

Homer

May 12th, 2011
9:59 am

I don’t know why the old farts are so dead against immigration reform. Who do they think are going to pay for their retirement?

Mass Dawg

May 12th, 2011
12:53 pm

Thanks to the Republicans the Senior Citizens will also not be paying state income tax. This is an example of the misguided policies of this state. The schools are 48th in the nation in SAT scores, the state keeps cutting back on their funding, and then gives the seniors a tax break to subsidize their casino trips, and cooking and pilates lessons. When are the Baby boomers ever going to stop reaching their hands out?

TnGelding

May 13th, 2011
2:03 am

Then the tax breaks worked? I would suspect most of us were here already. Not too smart, luring people that are going to need more and better services and reducing your tax base.

Brad Steel

May 13th, 2011
9:35 am

The fact that Atlanta is outpacing the nation suggests that quite a few seniors are choosing to relocate here.

maybe. maybe not. could suggest other things too. but my guess is that they are moving here for the crime, traffic and oppressive heat.

Destin Dawg

May 15th, 2011
8:14 am

moved from Ga.. in 1998… No Floridians pay State income tax… but we don’t get to enjoy the crime and traffic except when you folks come on vacation… Hint : raise you sales tax so at least the Ca$h economy… Drug Dealers, hookers, tax cheats in general… will have to pay a little more….

Destin Dawg

May 15th, 2011
8:25 am

I LOVE my casino trips and cooking lessons…. no pilates…. paid lots of taxes in my working years… try 2 jobs if you;re not making it …. I did !!!! more taxes = more union gov’t employees… privatize the Post office.. raise bulk rates.. then there would be so liitle mail.. we could deliver Mon.. Wed.. Fri.. 1/2 little trucks running around.. presto… No billion $$$ Losses… UPS and Fed Ex are profiable !!!

old now

May 16th, 2011
8:27 am

people getting older! This has something to do with republicans! I’m sure of it!

Bill Cosby

May 16th, 2011
8:57 am

When you’re young you vote with your heart….. when you get older you vote with your BRAIN !!! more conservative for sure !!!!

Emory Texan

May 16th, 2011
3:24 pm

Yeah, it doesn’t necessarily mean that seniors are moving here, it could just mean the younger people ARENT and the people here are simply getting older. 10 years ago people that graduated Emory mostly stayed, now, most I went to school with scattered. I moved back to Dallas (loving it) for instance. It also probably means fewer are moving out because they cant sell their homes or afford to retired.