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The latest Atlanta Regional Commission estimates show the metro region gained an additional 40,100 people over the year ending in April. While Detroit and Cleveland might kill for that boost, the number basically echoes gains from the last five years, and it's a far cry from population explosions of the 1990s and early 2000s, when each year more than 100,000 residents routinely packed on the ATL party train. As usual, the ARC's 10-county list (which pegs the metro's population at a paltry 4.2 million) fails to include the roughly 500,000 citizens of Forsyth, Newton and Hall counties, to name a few. [WABE]