A number of high-quality datasets are available to the public and may be downloaded at no cost. Often these datasets are enormous and not easily consumable in their raw form. The Selig Center for Economic Growth seeks to present this information so that it is useful to anyone with an interest in Georgia’s economy. Whether you are a businessperson, public servant, student, homeowner, job seeker or simply a concerned citizen, we hope you find our site to be a valuable resource.
Data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics are available at many levels. They may be as broad as worldwide or country, and as narrow as county or census tract. The Selig Center often analyzes data at the level of metropolitan statistical area (MSA). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “The general concept of a metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area is that of a core area containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities having a high degree of economic and social integration with that core.”
Georgia has 14 MSAs. We refer to each by the name of its primary city. For example, we refer to the “Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Metropolitan Statistical Area” as simply “Atlanta.” Nearly all of Georgia’s MSAs are comprised of multiple counties. The Atlanta MSA includes 14 counties. Two of Georgia’s MSAs, Columbus and Augusta, include counties of neighboring states.
These data visualizations (charts, maps, tables and graphs) were created with software called Tableau. You are welcome to download the visualizations as an image, PDF or PowerPoint slide. The underlying data may be downloaded in Excel or CSV by selecting the “Crosstab” option after clicking on the download button.
The download button looks like this , and is located in the bottom-right of the Tableau window.
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