Atlanta among fastest growing US cities, new census data says

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ATLANTA — Newly released data shows Atlanta was one of the nation's fastest growing cities from 2007 to 2008.

Census data released today shows Atlanta among its top 25 fastest growing cities with populations over 100,000, as measured by the number of new individuals. The bureau found the population shifted from 520,368 persons in July 2007 to 537,958 in July 2008.

The data showed the population of New Orleans grew 8.2 percent in 2008, faster than any other large city in the nation. New York led the nation's cities in numerical increase during the period, adding more than 53,000 residents.

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U.S. Census, www.census.gov

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bone
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bone 07/01/09 - 06:58 am
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having recently traveled to

having recently traveled to NYC and D.C., i can tell you without any doubt that Atlanta has the WORST traffic i've ever seen - and the worst drivers, too. who exactly is attracted to New Orleans, anyway?

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/01/09 - 07:13 am
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The increase in New Orleans

The increase in New Orleans is still people RETURNING that had fled in the aftermath of Katrina. It is NOT new residents as is the case for Atlanta or other cities.

rufus
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rufus 07/01/09 - 08:01 am
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You want to see bad traffic

You want to see bad traffic go to LA

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 07/01/09 - 08:14 am
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Atlanta defines sprawl but as

Atlanta defines sprawl but as this growth is in the city itself and not the ex-burbs maybe it's not so horrible. But the suburbs and ex-burbs probably grew at an even faster pace, making things worse for the area. Why can't they/we learn from the European and end this love affair with the car & hate of well-run transport systems?

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justthefacts 07/01/09 - 08:23 am
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bone, I don't think ATL has

bone, I don't think ATL has the "worst" drivers. Maybe you just can't drive in a big city. It's different.

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Grasshopper 07/01/09 - 08:33 am
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Atlanta is not bad except for

Atlanta is not bad except for the traffic jams. Boston is by far the worst. Phoenix, AZ is the easiest city to drive in, well planned. Nashville has the meanest drivers!

js_ee
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js_ee 07/01/09 - 08:44 am
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i agree, Boston has to be the

i agree, Boston has to be the worst! Those dang round-abouts will kill you if you are an unexperienced driver. LA traffic runs a close 2nd...sometimes 1.5hrs to travel 21 miles!

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 07/01/09 - 09:45 am
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Compared to D.C. is Atlantas

Compared to D.C. is Atlantas traffic as bad?

420Time
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420Time 07/01/09 - 12:12 pm
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Atlanta's traffic is bad

Atlanta's traffic is bad because instead of spending $$$ on infrastructure improvements during the late 80's & 90's, the $$$ was spent on Civil Rights monuments and statues.

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