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In a City of Transplants like Atlanta, Where are the Natives?

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Born-and-raised Atlantans sometimes seem rarer than unicorns. Where are they all hiding?

Atlanta is known as a city of transplants — in fact, a staggering 37 percent of carpetbagging metro residents are not originally from Georgia.

Now, new diagrams by the Atlanta Regional Commission highlight just how native (or not) the populations in each metro Atlanta county are. WABE shared the data, and some key takeaways from the recent ARC research.

Generally, the farther from the city center, the more the population is native, with some heavily native pockets also found just to the south and east of the city's heart.

However, the highest concentration of transplants are found far south of the city in Spalding County, which boasts an incredible 77 percent of non-Georgians. Hmmm.

The trends for international populations offer a slightly different picture, with the vast majority of non-American-born residents of the metro residing on the northern side of the city. The highest concentration of foreign-born residents are found in pockets of Gwinnett, Hall, Forsyth, Cobb, and Clayton counties.

The maps show a city that is diverse and growing, thanks to migration and immigration. Look for the trend to continue as Atlanta’s economy attracts companies and workers from across the country and around the world.