Move over, baby boomers. Change is coming, thanks to a surge in millennials—aka Generations X and Y. “The millennials will have a bigger impact than any other group,” says Mike Alexander, chief of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s research division, who provided us with hundreds of pages of data we distilled into these snapshots. The diverse, nontraditional Gen X and Y cohort doesn’t tolerate long commutes and demands easy access (preferably by foot or bike) to shopping, arts, and restaurants. “What’s important to people living in Atlanta—and coming to Atlanta—is overall quality of life,” Alexander says.
This article and the accompanying graphics originally appeared in the August 2012 issue.