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
|City of Atlanta||431,700||439,600||7,900|
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