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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Paul McDaniel

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The Atlanta metropolitan area is among the fastest-growing urban regions in the United States. Particular counties within the metro area are growing substantially and are projected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. This project examines the population geography of Hall County, Georgia, as a case study, using census data. Hall County is located northeast of Atlanta and has become one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia. Examining recent population geography trends gives insight as to the causes influencing this growth. Among the changes that have occurred in Hall County include the growth of the city of Gainesville’s population, which includes a growth in the Hispanic population. As such, there may be a link between population growth and ethnicity, local economic factors, and job opportunities in particular industries, such as the poultry industry, among others. Additional factors that are examined include age ranges, as well as an average income in this study area. Further research outside of data collection will be described including factors such as quality of life and cost of living. Applied results are helpful for local leaders to plan for continued population growth in the future.

Disciplines

Geographic Information Sciences | Human Geography | Other Geography

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Studying the growth in Hall County, Georgia

The Atlanta metropolitan area is among the fastest-growing urban regions in the United States. Particular counties within the metro area are growing substantially and are projected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. This project examines the population geography of Hall County, Georgia, as a case study, using census data. Hall County is located northeast of Atlanta and has become one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia. Examining recent population geography trends gives insight as to the causes influencing this growth. Among the changes that have occurred in Hall County include the growth of the city of Gainesville’s population, which includes a growth in the Hispanic population. As such, there may be a link between population growth and ethnicity, local economic factors, and job opportunities in particular industries, such as the poultry industry, among others. Additional factors that are examined include age ranges, as well as an average income in this study area. Further research outside of data collection will be described including factors such as quality of life and cost of living. Applied results are helpful for local leaders to plan for continued population growth in the future.

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