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(AJC) — Metro Atlanta’s population is still growing, but the rate in the last two years is the lowest since the 1950s, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The 10-county region added only 56,000 new residents in the two-year period ending April 1, the organization estimates. Compare that to 2000 to 2007, when the region added more than 77,000 new residents a year.

The drop is one more thing to blame on the economy, said Mike Alexander, chief of ARC’s research division.

“There is still some growth there,” he said.

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