Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Data for the Metropolitan Area

In this Metropolitan area:
Counties:Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, Coweta County, Dawson County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Haralson County, Heard County, Henry County, Jasper County, Lamar County, Meriwether County, Newton County, Paulding County, Pickens County, Pike County, Rockdale County, Spalding County, Walton County A note about boundaries
Principal Cities:Atlanta, GA, Marietta, GA, Sandy Springs, GA, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ethnic and racial composition

Total Population Non Hispanic
Non Hispanic
Hispanic Asian Other Races
1980 2,029,710 1,493,024 494,409 23,386 11,403 7,488
73.6% 24.4% 1.2% 0.6% 0.4%
1990 3,069,425 2,182,566 770,039 58,800 51,051 6,969
71.1% 25.1% 1.9% 1.7% 0.2%
2000 4,247,981 2,565,490 1,230,191 270,407 149,753 32,140
60.4% 29% 6.4% 3.5% 0.8%
2005-09 ACS 5,238,994 2,830,863 1,627,306 488,950 220,684 71,191
54% 31.1% 9.3% 4.2% 1.4%
2010 5,268,860 2,671,757 1,733,046 547,400 279,112 37,545
50.7% 32.9% 10.4% 5.3% 0.7%

1980 1990
2000 2005-09 ACS 2010

Segregation: Three Measures

Index of Dissimilarity (D)
The dissimilarity index measures whether one particular group is distributed across census tracts in the metropolitan area in the same way as another group. A high value indicates that the two groups tend to live in different tracts. D ranges from 0 to 100. A value of 60 (or above) is considered very high. It means that 60% (or more) of the members of one group would need to move to a different tract in order for the two groups to be equally distributed. Values of 40 or 50 are usually considered a moderate level of segregation, and values of 30 or below are considered to be fairly low. For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Exposure Index
Another measure of residential segregation is a class of exposure indices (p*) that refer to the racial/ethnic composition of the tract where the average member of a given group lives. For example, the average Hispanic in some metropolis might live in a tract that is 40% Hispanic, 40% non-Hispanic white, 15% black, and 5% Asian.(Note that these various indices must add up to 100%.) These are presented below in two categories: exposure of the group to itself (which is called the Index of Isolation) and exposure of the group to other groups). For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Isolation Index
The isolation index is the percentage of same-group population in the census tract where the average member of a racial/ethnic group lives. It has a lower bound of zero (for a very small group that is quite dispersed) to 100 (meaning that group members are entirely isolated from other groups). It should be kept in mind that this index is affected by the size of the group -- it is almost inevitably smaller for smaller groups, and it is likely to rise over time if the group becomes larger. For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Exposure to Other Groups
Indices of exposure to other groups also range from 0 to 100, where a larger value means that the average group member lives in a tract with a higher percentage of persons from the other group. These indices depend on two conditions: the overall size of the other group and each group's settlement pattern. For a more detailed explanation, click here.


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