Atlanta Region Population Estimates

Each year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) produces population estimates for the 10-county Atlanta region. These estimates are developed using a number of data sources, including building permits, school enrollment and occupancy rates. 

ARC is required by state law to develop population estimates each year for its 10 member counties and the city of Atlanta for the purpose of collecting dues. 

Atlanta Region 2016 Population Estimates 

The Atlanta region’s growth has kicked into a higher gear as the Great Recession recedes further into the rearview mirror. 

The 10-county Atlanta region added 69,200 residents between April 2015 and April 2016, according to ARC’s 2016 population estimates, pushing the total population to 4.4 million. 

The region’s population grew at a faster rate than any time since the recession, increasing by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.4 percent (60,300) a year earlier and 1.2 percent (52,700) in 2014. 

Metro Atlanta’s growth is occurring both in the suburbs and central core. Gwinnett County added 17,300 residents in 2016, the most in the region.

Meanwhile, the city of Atlanta grew by 7,900, fueled by a surge in multi-family housing units. That represents a significant jump: the city added just 4,800 in 2015, 4,100 the prior year, and only 1,200 in 2013. 

2016 Population Estimates  

Jurisdiction 2015 2016 Change 2015-2016
Atlanta Region 4,332,600 4,401,800 69,200
Cherokee 233,300 240,100 6,800
Clayton 266,900 270,600 3,700
Cobb 727,600 737,500 9,900
DeKalb 718,400 725,000 6,600
Douglas 137,400 139,000 1,600
Fayette 110,700 112,300 1,600
Fulton 970,400 985,700 15,300
Gwinnett 859,800 877,100  17,300
Henry  218,700 223,600  4,900
Rockdale 89,400 90,900 1,500
City of Atlanta  431,700  439,600  7,900

 

Resources

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