Southern Point Staffing, a staffing agency outside of Albany, is focusing on client development by looking to provide a bus service for their clients to and from work. Brewer Turley, director of communications at Southern Point Staffing, speaks on the frustrations his clients undergo when trying to find reliable transportation to work in Albany Georgia. Monquez Toomer, an employee at Sunnyland Farms, explains how public transportation is not reliable. (ALYSSA POINTER/AJC.COM)

As Atlanta grows, some Georgia cities continue to shrink, data shows

In recent years, the South has been one of the fastest growing regions of the country and a report published last week found Atlanta to be one of the cities with the most growth. 

However, as large urban areas become more concentrated, other cities in Georgia and across the South are shrinking. 

» RELATED: Atlanta ranks among fastest-growing large cities, new study shows

According to a new report published in Business Insider, several Southern cities have seen large parts of their population move away in the last decade, that includes places like Albany and Hinesville. 

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report looked at the places in the South with most negative net migration between 2010 and 2018. 

» RELATED: Census: Metro Atlanta has 4th-fastest growing population in nation

Net migration is measured as the number of people who move into a metro area from another part of the country or world minus the number of people who left the area. 

Meaning these cities had more people move out than moved in. 

Data from Georgia, according to the report:

- Hinesville: 10.6% of the metro area’s population (8,248 people) has moved since 2010.

- Albany: 6.1% of the area’s population has moved since 2010, which means a loss of 9,674 people since 2010. 

- Bibb County: 3.1% of the area’s population moved left since 2010. It’s down 7,291 people since 2010. 

» RELATED: Georgia’s small towns continue to shrink, new census estimates show

Pine Bluff, Arkansas, saw the greatest loss from migration among the Southern cities on the list. That metro area saw 11.3% of its population move away since the start of the decade.

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