Thursday, July 10, 2008

Population milestone

According to new census data, the population for the City of Atlanta has passed 500,000.
Atlanta added an estimated 20,623 people from 2006 to 2007, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released today. The city ranks seventh nationally for the total number of people added between July 2006 and July 2007.
We were pushing up on it last year, at 498,522 souls, and we blew past it on the way to 519,145 people in the city proper.

What the article doesn't mention is that the rate of growth is increasing, too. This is a bit harder to do when you are growing, since adding the same number of folks each year will result in a lower percentage increase. Basically, not only are we growing, but we are growing faster every year.

Another way to look at it is that for the previous 6 years, the City of Atlanta added an average of 12,984 people. Last year, we added 20,623 people.

Not too bad! You, too, can have fun with Census population estimate here. Warning, this probably means you are a dork. But hey, you are reading this blog, which means you are halfway there already!

*The population rate growth for the first year on my chart is a bit off, since it uses Census 2000 data as a starting point. It isn't really a full years data. So I'm a little lazy. You crunch the numbers in your free time when you should be sleeping!

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