Cities on the Rise in Georgia- Full Ranking

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Rank City 2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth 2009-2012 Median Income Growth Overall Growth Score
1 Johns Creek 39.1% 0.0% 6.9% 83.3
2 Hinesville 13.4% (2.8%) 17.3% 76.0
3 Warner Robins 14.5% 0.7% 10.6% 74.5
4 Carrollton 5.9% (1.8%) 17.0% 72.9
5 Mableton 10.4% (2.3%) 12.6% 69.5
6 Martinez 35.4% 0.5% (5.3%) 67.9
7 North Atlanta (2.2%) 2.2% 10.2% 66.7
8 Sandy Springs 16.6% (5.6%) 10.3% 65.2
9 Tucker (9.8%) 2.9% 10.2% 63.5
10 Augusta 2.7% (1.6%) 10.1% 63.4
11 Roswell 10.7% (7.2%) 12.5% 61.8
12 LaGrange 6.5% (8.4%) 15.1% 60.5
13 Alpharetta 18.8% (6.0%) 1.5% 55.7
14 Marietta (12.8%) (2.8%) 11.9% 54.6
15 Columbus 4.3% (4.1%) 3.3% 52.5
16 Gainesville 0.6% (10.8%) 12.3% 49.9
17 Statesboro 10.5% (0.9%) (6.9%) 49.4
18 Kennesaw (1.0%) (6.3%) 6.2% 49.3
19 Savannah 6.2% (4.1%) (1.0%) 48.6
20 Douglasville 1.2% (3.2%) (0.9%) 47.3
21 Smyrna 3.4% (4.6%) (1.5%) 45.7
22 Peachtree City 2.1% (4.7%) (0.8%) 45.5
23 Athens 3.7% (8.8%) 0.7% 41.6
24 Dunwoody 19.2% (5.7%) (11.6%) 41.4
25 Valdosta 11.4% (10.1%) (2.0%) 40.8
26 Dalton 4.0% (5.2%) (5.6%) 40.2
27 Griffin 0.1% (11.5%) 3.8% 38.8
28 Albany 4.9% (14.2%) 2.9% 36.1
29 Lawrenceville (0.1%) (4.6%) (9.2%) 34.8
30 Newnan 7.5% (13.9%) (0.2%) 34.5
31 Duluth 9.6% (11.1%) (6.0%) 33.6
32 Macon (0.3%) (11.0%) (1.2%) 33.5
33 Atlanta (17.6%) (8.7%) 4.1% 33.5
34 Rome 2.0% (9.5%) (7.0%) 30.6
35 Redan (9.8%) (9.3%) (5.0%) 26.4
36 East Point (18.6%) (16.1%) 0.8% 17.2
37 Candler-McAfee (9.8%) (17.8%) (2.8%) 15.2

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from these measures:

1. Population growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the working-age population (16+) comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

2. Employment growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the percent of employed residents comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

3. Income growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the median earnings for full-time, nonseasonal workers comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table S2409.

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