On December 17, 2014, ARC Research Division Chief Mike Alexander presented a demographic analysis of the Metro Atlanta Region at the monthly Cobb County Advisory Committee Meeting held at the offices of Traton Homes in Marietta, Georgia.
Alexander began his presentation by sharing data collected in ARC’s 2014 “Metro Atlanta Speaks” Survey, in which the Council for Quality Growth was a sponsor. The study asked respondents what they regarded as the biggest problem facing Metro Atlanta, to which 24% of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the region. This figure is up 3% from last year, when the economy was regarded as the biggest problem facing the region and 21% of respondents said transportation was the biggest issue.
Alexander then presented data specific to Cobb County. According to the study, respondents in Cobb County also said transportation was the biggest problem facing the county, with 40% of respondents in Cobb County supporting the expansion of public transit as the best way to address the transportation problem. The study also found that 68% of survey respondents in Cobb County said public transit, defined as trains and buses, is very important and another 23% said public transit is somewhat important.
Alexander concluded his presentation with data on the industries posting the most jobs in Cobb County. According to the survey, the healthcare and social assistance industry is the highest posting industry in Cobb County, with ‘registered nurse’ coming in as the top job title posted in Cobb County throughout the last 12 months. The study also revealed that Wellstar Health System is the top posting employer in Cobb County.
Click HERE to read the Council’s previously published story on ARC’s 2014 “Metro Atlanta Speaks” survey.
To view Mike Alexander’s full presentation click HERE.