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Research Topics 2018-06-01T09:25:17-04:00

How do I narrow down all the data into more manageable chunks? How do I get a summary not of a geographic area, necessarily, but about a topic area (often across multiple geographies)?

The Research Topics section aggregates research completed by Neighborhood Nexus (and related organizations) into a variety of specific indicators within the groupings of demographics, education, the economy, and health.

Each month or so, within one of those broader topic areas, we will zoom in on one or more specific indicator(s)—for a deeper dive into not just the data, but into what the data might mean—in terms of community impacts, opportunities, and challenges.

As a whole, the Metro region had the largest percentage gains in the 1950s, growing around 38 percent between 1950 and 1960. In terms of raw numbers, the region added the most residents in the 1990s, an increase of 900,000 people. Since the region is a major employment destination, it makes sense that there are a higher number of “transplants” that have moved to Georgia from another state.

Having an educated workforce is critical to a highly-functioning economy. The ability to thrive in school and meeting key benchmarks like 3rd grade reading proficiency, 8th grade math proficiency, graduating high school and, finally, getting a post-secondary degree or credential, will be key in keeping the Atlanta region a prosperous place.

Metro Atlanta has always had a vibrant economy. After leading the nation in jobs added during the 1990s, the two recessions in the 2000s hit the region’s economy hard, resulting in a “lost decade” that saw very little job growth. With the region’s position as the key economic driver for Georgia and the Southeast, it is obviously important to continue to monitor key economic indicators.

If you don’t have your health, it really doesn’t matter how much income you earn or how educated you are. As the region’s population continues to age and more research comes to light about how community design affects public health, it will be important to track health outcomes of metro Atlanta’s residents and neighborhoods. Because place matters for health, as does a myriad of other factors.