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.
Georgia's black elected officials are hoping the Republican-dominated state legislature won't target some of their members in the upcoming special session on redistricting. The Georgia Association of Black Elected officials is holding workshops on the once-a-decade process of re-drawing political boundaries at their annual meeting in Savannah this weekend. South Georgia lawmakers are of special concern.
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.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the state's population of 25- to 34-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds each declined by 2 percentage points over the past decade. During the same period, Georgia added people 45 and older in nearly every category, with the largest increase being those 60 to 64 years old.
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.