The 10-county metro Atlanta region added 37,200 residents from April 2011 to April 2012, a reflection of the births, according to researchers. Before the recession struck, the region routinely added more than 100,000 people each year as newcomers flooded into the metro area.
Georgia’s birth rate is continuing to drop, mirroring a national trend and reflecting the still-sagging economy. Early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Georgia’s rate fell 5 percent last year, slightly faster than the nation’s 3 percent drop. The national birth rate peaked in 2007 and has been falling since.