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Growth of Poverty in Metro Atlanta

Until recently, suburbia has been associated with middle or upper class affluence. Over the past decade the growth of poverty in the suburbs and exurbs has increased dramatically, with metro Atlanta experiencing one of the highest growth rates of suburban poverty over the past decade.   In 2008, more poor people [...]

Housing Affordability

Housing affordability is a tricky issue to define because so much of it depends on a host of factors not necessarily related to housing.   One of the reasons metro Atlanta attracted more than one million new residents last decade was the region’s overall affordability. Metro Atlanta is a low cost-of-living [...]

Income Inequality

Income inequality has widened in recent years in both large cities and the nation as a whole.   This trend is commonly documented through two measures—the 95/20 ratio, which is the ratio of incomes at the 95th percentile to those at the 20th percentile. In 2013, it required having households in your [...]

Income and Low Wage Work

The metro Atlanta region has seen rapid growth in the years following the great recession. The region added 59,600 jobs from November 2013 to November 2014, an employment growth rate of 2.4 percent.   The region has reported employment gains each month for over four years following the recession and has experienced [...]