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Metro Atlanta Growth Slows After Boom Years

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File photo of rush hour on I-75 in downtown Atlanta. (credit: Dennis Macdonald/GettyImages)

File photo of rush hour on I-75 in downtown Atlanta. (credit: Dennis Macdonald/GettyImages)

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) -Researchers say fewer people are moving to metro Atlanta, and that babies born in recent months drove the region’s population growth.

Officials say the 10-county region added 37,200 residents from April 2011 to April 2012, a reflection of the births.

Before the recession struck, the region routinely added more than 100,000 people each year as newcomers flooded into the metro area. Counties such as Gwinnett and Cherokee made lists of fastest-growing counties in the U.S.

The numbers are being studied by the Atlanta Regional Commission, which helps local governments in their planning efforts.

Mike Alexander, the research division chief at the commission, says the metro area’s growth has slowed and that’s a result of the economic downturn. He said people don’t move as much in tough economic times.

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