Thursday, September 8, 2011
The two communities are seeing huge growth in the number of pre-schoolers and school-aged kids.
The number of children 18 and under in Decatur and Avondale Estates has surged over the past decade, according to a Patch analysis of U.S. Census Bureau figures. In both towns, the pre-school and school-aged populations grew dramatically faster than overall population growth from 2000 to 2010. In Decatur, the number of children 4 and under jumped by 35 percent, while Avondale Estates saw the same aged group grow by 26 percent. Decatur’s school aged population -- kids age 5-18 -- increased by 13 percent over the decade. Avondale Estates’ school-aged population grew 38 percent. The Decatur school system has already felt the effects of growth. Enrollment was up 11 percent in August compared to the end of the last school year. Controversy …
Monday, September 5, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, September 5, 2011
Lee Soaks Buckhead Areas. Rain Doesn't Dampen Avondale Estates 5K. 2010 Census Shows Labor Force is Changing. Newcomb Named Chattahoochee Tech Interim President. Bieber Fever Strikes Avondale. Tucker Soccer Kicking Off For Fall. Where Were You On Sept. 11, 2001?
Friday, August 12, 2011
The day's top headlines for Friday, August 12, 2011
Virginia Highland Divided Under New Map, Lawmaker Says. Stuckey-Benfield: My District Targeted. Druid Hills Lawmaker A Central Figure in Redistricting Fight. Fire Damages Buckhead Bar. A Look Inside Ponce City Market. Sandy Springs Church Committed to Annual Back to School Block Party. DeKalb Firefighters Raise Funds for Sept. 11 Memorial.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Census study recently performed by California think tank
Avondale Estates has the state's highest population of gay couples per household, according to a California think tank that recently conducted an analysis of new U.S. census numbers. According to a recent Georgia Voice article, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found Avondale Estates had the highest concentration of gay couples, 49.30 per 1,000 households. Decatur came in second, with 39.37 per 1,000 households, although the study did not break down city residents vs. unincorporated DeKalb residents who have a Decatur address. North Druid Hills (36.87 per 1,000), Scottdale (32.36 per 1,000) and North Decatur (30 per 1,000), followed. Fulton County had the highest total of same-sex couples at 5,554. DeKalb County ranked …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Decatur commission to consider redistricting
Voters from neighborhoods around Agnes Scott College may be moved from the north district into the south district, if Decatur city commissioners adopt a plan that will bring the city into the one-person/one-vote standard of the U.S. and Georgia constitutions. “Because the 2010 census indicated some demographic changes in our population, the city commission is considering changes to the city charter to amend the existing election districts,” City Commissioner Patti Garrett said in a Friday e-mail to her constituents. “The latest data indicates only a 5.75-percent deviation in Districts 1 and 2. The plan is to consider changes, most likely in August, that will bring the deviation to less than 3 percent to be enacted by Jan 1, 2012.” In a …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Professional services, education and construction remain big employers
Decatur businesses grew slightly in terms of employment from 1998 to 2008, but the number of people working in Avondale Estates-based employers fell over that same period, according to a Patch analysis of recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures. A total of 11,513 people were working in Decatur-based businesses in 2008, an increase of 302 people from 1998’s figure of 11,211. Annual payroll for Decatur businesses also increased over that time, from $310,392 in 1998 to 2008’s figure of $382,249. But in Avondale Estates, while the number of establishments increased, the number of employees working in them declined. In 1998, 117 businesses were based in the city, employing 924 people. In 2008, 10 additional businesses were operating, but …