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2005 Census Estimates for Metro Counties

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These are the populations of the 10 main metro counties as of 2005 according to the ARC.

Atlanta 10 County region- 3,813,700

Cherokee- 179,300

Clayton- 263,900

Cobb-643,700

DeKalb-700,500

Douglas- 112,900

Fayette-101,500

Fulton- 874,100

Gwinnett-693,900 (Questionable- I thought they hit 700,000 last year)

Henry-167,000

Rockdale-76,900

City of Atlanta- 442,100

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Douglas County (my county, of course) really went up this year. I'm surprised.

Other than that, everything else seems to be expected. Great to see the growth.

City of Atlanta- 442,100

HALLELUJAH!!! More people have come!!! :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:

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Just a reminder - ARC population estimates, not US Census.

Thanks for pointing that out, I forgot. However, didn't the Census Bureau accept the ARC's estimates or something like that?

Anyways, 442,100 is a bit of a stretch, but it's not exactly so far out there that it's unbelievable.

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Of course I would prefer to go with ARC's population estimates, even if they are conservative their methodology is better than the Census Bureau's estimates. The Census Bureau's estimates are based on zip codes while ARC actually geocodes the building permit data based on street address. There is more accuracy with ARC not to mention more knowledge of the area.

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Also, here's some interesting info on population density of selected metro counties based on ARC 2030 predictions

Fulton: 1,136,850/529= 2,149 persons per square mile

Dekalb: 826,199/268= 3,082 persons per square mile

Gwinnett: 987,019/433= 2,279 persons per square mile

City of Atlanta: 584,587/132= 4,428 persons per square mile

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Also, here's some interesting info on population density of selected metro counties based on ARC 2030 predictions

Fulton: 1,136,850/529= 2,149 persons per square mile

Dekalb: 826,199/268= 3,082 persons per square mile

Gwinnett: 987,019/433= 2,279 persons per square mile

City of Atlanta: 584,587/132= 4,428 persons per square mile

Atlanta seems to be pretty dense in 2030.

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The City of Atlanta suffers/benefits from the amount of acreage that is added to its total square mileage by the Buckhead residential area. Few cities in the US have one of the most spread out and lightly populated areas that the City of Atlanta has in the Buckhead mansion zone. It really throws off the density calculations.

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The ARC estimates appear more accurate than the U.S. census burea estimates. Yet, the ARC tends to look less and less credible every year, as development has spread beyond these ten counties. I know it has to do with the counties that chose to join the commission, or who had representation (members) on a committee/commission, but it's time to add counties to the ARC.

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The population forecasting region has spread to 13 counties & will in the future spread to 18 counties. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) covers roughly an 18 county area -whereas the Regional Development Center (RDC) is technically 10 counties on the verge of being 13 counties.

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