South Africans living in Georgia are remembering the late Nelson Mandela as a statesman and liberator. Mandela wasn't only a hero to South Africa's black residents. White South Africans praise Mandela for reconciling the country after years of bloody apartheid. One woman says the whites in South Africa initially feared for their lives when the balance of power shifted, but soon realized Mandela's goal was to unite the country, not further divide it.
Two Georgia cities rank in the top ten areas in the nation for longest commutes by distance. A new Census Bureau report shows many Hinesville and Brunswick commuters are traveling 50 miles or more each way to work from surrounding counties. Some of those workers are coming from Long County, where 83% of county commuters work elsewhere.
US Census figures show, the number of couples identifying themselves as living in same-sex households in Georgia is up 55% from ten years ago. Statistics released Thursday show, the state has nearly 30,000 households self-reporting as having a same-sex couple. A demographer says, the official figure doesn't include all of Georgia's same-sex couples.
Although Census poverty numbers won't be out until later this year, the Bureau's statistical surveys suggest officials won't be happy. After spending millions of dollars on anti-poverty programs, Savannah's three-decade-old 22% poverty rate could remain unchanged or increase, according to a Bureau statistical analysis. Officials already have answers.
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.
When the Census numbers come out in April, Georgia cities won't just have federal and state tax dollars at stake. Some cities are concerned they might lose local dollars as well. That's because cities will have to renegotiate with counties for local option sales tax funds. And since those funds are generally split based on population, declining cities could lose yet another funding source.
Georgia's population grew by 18.3% in the last decade, to a total of 9,687,653 as of April 1, 2010. In 2000, Georgia's popluation stood at a total of more than 8.1 million. With the increase, Georgia gains one seat in Congress, to a new total of 14.