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Atlanta’s Population Now


In front of the Darlington Apartments across from Piedmont Hospital stands the well-known “Atlanta’s Population Now” sign. This Atlanta landmark dates back to the 1960s, when the number on the board was just 1,174,575.

The population number does not change with each birth, death or move, but instead is determined by each year’s population projection. Once the number is calculated, the mechanical sign is then programmed to increase at a steady, fixed rate throughout the year.

Featuring a population number over 6 million today, this old-fashioned sign remains the last of its kind in the country.

Caroline Parsley, The 100 Companies

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Roofer Jeff October 10, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Wow this article brings back so many memories. I grew up in Marietta and I can remember my mom and dad bringing us to downtown atlanta… sometimes to get a naked dog at the varsity. But we always checked out the ATL population sign. I remember when it hit 1,000,000.


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