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.
Population growth and development are the main threats to forest land in the South. In a new study, federal forestry officials say Georgia and surrounding states can expect to lose 23 million acres of land over the next five decades—more than 20 percent. But it’s not only urbanization as a reason--weather patterns, bioenergy use and invasive species are also dangers.
Newly released census data showed that most of Georgia's 1.5 million increase in population came in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. But rural population is shrinking in southwest Georgia. Hispanics grew to nearly 9 percent of the state’s population and African-Americans grew to 31 percent.