Toward the end of the 20th century Georgia was growing much more rapidly than the nation as a whole. The state added a million residents in the 1980s, then another 723,000 between 1990 and 1995. Georgia’s 1995 population was approximately 7.2 million, making it the tenth largest state in the nation. People in other states and countries obviously found Georgia to be an attractive place to live: In the first half of the 1990s about 360,000 more people moved in to the state than moved away. The black population at mid-decade was growing slightly faster than the white population. Some 28 percent of Georgians had black ancestry, compared to 13 percent nationwide. By 1994 per-capita personal income in Georgia was 93 percent of the national average, while in the metropolitan Atlanta area it was 109 percent.
These positive indicators, however, masked the fact that not everyone participated in the good times. Georgia in the 1990s had one of the worst records of any state for the percentage of births to teenage and unwed mothers. The infant mortality rate in 1993 was 10.4 per 1,000 live births, compared to 8.4 per 1,000 nationwide. Twenty-nine percent of all Georgians age 25 or older lacked a high school diploma in 1990, compared to 25 percent in the rest of the country. The gap between whites and blacks was especially great. In 1989 per-capita income for Georgia’s black population was only 51 percent of that for whites, almost unchanged in 20 years and very close to what it was before the civil rights movement. Nevertheless, as the century comes to a close, Georgia is much closer to national norms than it once was. "Georgia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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