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Georgia State Profile

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Population

  • With 9,072,576 residents in 2005, Georgia is the 9th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Georgia grew 10.8 percent from 2000 to 2005 – the 4th fastest growing state over the 5-year period.
  • Georgia is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 62.8% 62.1% 61.5% 60.9% 60.3% 59.6%
Hispanic, Latino 5.4% 5.7% 6.1% 6.4% 6.8% 7.1%
African-American 28.6% 28.8% 28.9% 29.0% 29.2% 29.4%
Native American, AK Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Asian, Pacific Islander 2.2% 2.3% 2.4% 2.5% 2.6% 2.7%
Two or More Races 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Georgia - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Georgia are Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, and Columbus.
  • Atlanta (the capital of Georgia) had an estimated population of 4,917,171 in 2005 – the 9th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Augusta in 2005 was 520,332 – the 95th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Savannah was the 148th largest metropolitan area with 313,883 residents.
  • Columbus had a population of 284,299 – the 158th largest city in the U.S.

Georgia - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Georgia ranked 35th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($29,782 per resident 15 and older).
  • Georgia’s personal income relative to the U.S. average rose from 74 percent in 1960 to 94 percent in 2000, then fell to 90 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Georgia as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Georgia per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Georgia has the 13th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (14.4%) and the 14th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (20.2%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Georgia - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Georgia ranked 38th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (85.5%).
  • Georgia ranked 21st in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (28.9%) and 22nd in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (10.0%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Georgia has higher percentages of adults who haven’t completed high school or who have completed high school but haven’t continued to college, and a slightly higher percentage with bachelor’s degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Georgia and the U.S. Average
Georgia education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Georgia - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Georgia had the 17th highest unemployment rate of all states – 5.3 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Georgia has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, construction, and production occupations and smaller percentages employed in professional and service occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Georgia’s employment in the retail, manufacturing, and construction industries and smaller percentages employed in education and healthcare industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Georgia ranked 22nd among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Georgia - Health and Well-Being

  • 17.4 percent of Georgia residents do not have health insurance – the 8th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 24.7 percent of Georgia residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – higher than the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Georgia, 204 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – the same as the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Georgia residents (358 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complication from 2000 to 2002 – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Georgia ranked 43rd among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Georgia - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Georgia had the 19th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (456 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,266 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Georgia – above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Georgia had the 7h highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 573 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Georgia was above the U.S. average from 1980 to 2004 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Georgia and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Georgia and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Georgia Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Georgia ranges from $16,207 in Wheeler County to $46,699 in Fulton County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 5.7 percent in Twiggs County to 44.0 percent in Fulton County (a ratio of more than 7 to 1).

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