By The Numbers: Sandy Springs and its New Downtown

A look at current residents and who the new downtown area will attract.


Planning experts say the area will be a walkable community with about 1,915 households per year.

Many of the residents will be millenials born between 1977 and 1996. They will prefer to work in big open spaces [think warehouse] vs. a typical office building that their parents have been accustomed to.

With that in mind, during Monday's public meeting experts provided the following data on Sandy Springs currently, and as the project unfolds.

  • Characteristics of Sandy Springs in 2012

43,155 total households

14,000 househoulds move within or to Sandy Springs per year

71 percent are one to two person households

49 percent have no car or one car

74 percent are white-collar workers

52 percent are homeowners

10 percent vacant housing units in Sandy Springs

$68,200 median income

$376,000 median housing value

  • Looking Ahead: Where will new residents come from?

33 percent are expected to move from within Sandy Springs

28 percent from the rest of Fulton County

18 percent from the Atlanta region

21 percent from the rest of the United States

  • Potential Renters and Buyers

86 percent are singles and couples

9 percent are retirees and empty nesters

5 percent are families

  • But will they rent or buy?

55 percent are expected to rent lofts or apartments

19 percent will likely want to buy lofts or apartments

26 percent will likely want to buy townhomes or rowhouses

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Adrianne Murchison June 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How have you lived in Sandy Springs? Do you agree that the city population will skew younger in the coming years?
Bryan Farley June 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
From what I'm seeing from the pictures most people are not wanting a real downtown but a suburban meeting place. I think there should be a mixture of parks, as well as buildings with office space, and apartments with retail space on the bottom. There should be a mixture of everything. Let's make it truely walkable for not just people living there but those that work there and come to play.
Adrianne Murchison June 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I agree Bryan, the best shopping/restaurant communities are destinations for people from all over.


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