NEWS BRIEF: When people don’t want to live in rural Georgia

Loading up the truck and moving to the big city.

Shannon GA
Photo credit: CL File/Tommy Graham
Shannon, GA

Rural Georgia is declining in population with fewer people to pay for core infrastructure, according to the latest US Census numbers. Steve Fennessy of Georgia Public Broadcasting and Joshua Sharpe capture the political dimensions of the move to the greater Atlanta metro. Georgia’s 159 counties were designed to keep power in rural Georgia — what happens when there aren’t as many people to draw from?