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Atlanta: Urban Coalitions in a Suburban Sea
Atlanta: Urban coalitions in a suburban sea
ArnoldFleischmann
The Demographic and Economic Context of Atlanta Politics
Population Change

Several demographic changes characterize Atlanta since 1960: an overall loss of residents, a dwindling share of the metropolitan area's population, the increasing proportion of black residents, and the lingering presence of poverty and other social problems. Like other large cities, especially those in the Northeast and Midwest, Atlanta has not experienced any appreciable population growth for several decades. An increase of less than 10,000 residents occurred between 1960 and 1970, when the city's population reached its peak of 495,039. Since then the total has fallen to roughly 394,000 in 1990, a drop of 20%.

While Atlanta has lost population, its suburbs have gained substantially. From ...

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