City of Atlanta

The city of Atlanta was founded in 1837 at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line. The city became the state capital in 1868 and grew to become the leading economic center in the Southeast U.S. In 1996, Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Notable landmarks include the Georgia state Capitol, Georgia World Congress Center, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor. Large employers include Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, AT&T and Truist (formerly SunTrust) Banks.

Atlanta's population is growing as the city's diversified economy has gathered steam following the recession. Atlanta is 132 square miles and is in parts of Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Atlanta by the Numbers (2018)

Population 488,622
Population Change (since 2010) +14.2%
Population Forecast (2050) 792,367
Median Household Income* $55,279
Unemployment Rate 7.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work* 27 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 1,184 units
Multifamily Building Permits 5,312 units

* 2012-16 (5-year average) due to lack of 2017 (1-year) data at the municipal scale

Data Resources

Other City of Atlanta Resources

ARC Board Members Representing All of Parts of City of Atlanta

Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, County Population Estimates (2018)
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (1-year estimates), 2018
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 16 Forecasts
  • HUD, State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS), 2018


* Showing 2012-16 (5-year average) data due to lack of 2017 (1-year) data at the municipal scale

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