Atlanta has leapfrogged Washington in the latest Arbitron radio market populations and rankings.
“The Atlanta area is growing rapidly,” the company stated in a summary, in which Atlanta is now Market No. 8.
“In the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates, the estimate of growth for the Atlanta area has been increased this year. The Census Bureau did this last year, as well. So for two years in a row the Census Bureau has increased the rate of growth since 2000, for all of the counties in the Atlanta Metro.”
Other notable changes: Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill is now in the top 25 thanks to a Metro re-definition; Riverside-San Bernardino falls to 26.
A slight drop in the Detroit estimate and an increase in the Boston estimate moves Boston to rank 10 and Detroit at 11, by just a hair, 8,100 persons.
As the New Orleans Metro recovers from Hurricane Katrina, its population estimate grew by 7.5 percent; its rank is now 55.