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You Think Inman Park Is Crowded Now. . .

Latest census figures neighborhood grew in population even as Atlanta's overall number of residents fell.

The Inman Park neighborhood gained 1,243 new residents between 2000 and 2010, according to the latest U.S. Census department figures.

That's an annual growth rate of 4.7 percent for the neighborhood, which has 3,906 residents, up from the 2,161 in 2000. The number of households increased by 980 — an annual growth rate of 6.7 percent — to 2,451 over that 10-year period.

In contrast, Atlanta as a whole lost population, shrinking to 420,001 residents from 500,000, for annual decline of 1.6 percent, according to David Laube, vice president of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association.

He made his presentation at the group's January meeting Wednesday night.

And while some would consider Inman Park fairly built out, Laube said the neighborhood has several parcels — zoned for apartments and townhomes — that could accommodate more residents.

In fact, he's projecting that by 2020, the neighborhood will have 5,400 residents.

Inman Park's growth in the last decade is not unique. The Old Fourth Ward, Virginia-Highland, Midtown and other neighborhoods saw healthy increases in residential population, Laube said.

Chris Murphy January 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The City did not "shrink": it never grew to the size that officials pushed for in Census Projections. The "projections" are done annually, and local officials pushed for Census officials to use metrics like housing starts, ignoring others like inhabited dwellings, jobs, and school enrollments. They had "projected" the City grew to 540,000, but the actual Census of 2010 showed that the City had only grown about 15,000 from its 2000 figure. There were massive shifts in demographics and geography, as the Southside lost population (in some areas 20%) while the north side grew.
E Keathley January 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
If our side of the city is growing, why are the new proposed schools in Buckhead? Shouldn't they be building on this side of the city instead?
JR Garcia January 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Buckhead has explosive growth with regards to families school age children. Although there is growth in Inman Park, it's mostly in lofts, condos and apartments, NOT single family homes. Most families with school age children are not attracted to lofts, condos nor apartments - at least not those with Inman Park rents. The recent data from the demographers show Inman Park to have 300+ school age children, that's all. That pales in comparison to the numbers in Candler Park and Grant Park. Furthermore, Buckhead is not adjacent to neighborhoods with under utilized schools, Inman Park is. Just stating the pragmatic facts.
Péralte Paul January 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Yes. The rub is that many of the schools that have excess capacity - at least in East Atlanta Patch - are in neighborhoods that lost population. The neighborhoods with overcrowded schools are the ones with the growth.
Alex W Coffman February 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Inman Park is located 2 miles from the center of the city. I think our City is growing up and in many urban cities families with children live in condominiums. I think the Beltline access will even add to those numbers sooner rather than later. Folks want to live in a City were they can walk to schools, dinner & shops and are tiring of long expensive commutes & painful traffic.

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