Population & Employment Forecasts

ARC has developed a new series of population and employment forecasts for the 20-county region through the year 2040. The forecasts help inform the development of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint that details the investments that will be made in the next 25 years to improve the Atlanta region’s quality of life.

ARC forecasts the 20-county Atlanta region will add 2.5 million people by 2040 – the equivalent of adding all of metro Charlotte – bringing the region’s population to more than 8 million.

A fast-growing Hispanic population will make the region even more diverse. And the population of older adults will soar, as lifespans increase and the large Baby Boom generation ages.

Explore ARC’s Population and Employment Forecasts, including county-by-county details.

Forecast Highlights

Gwinnett County will be the region’s largest county in 2040, with a population of 1.35 million. Fulton County will be second-largest, with 1.26 million residents.

Forsyth County will grow at the fastest rate, seeing its population more than double by 2040, to 430,000.

The number of Hispanics in metro Atlanta will reach 1.75 million, an increase of more than 1 million. Most of this growth will occur in the region’s core counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and Clayton.

The number of residents that are age 65 and over will nearly triple, approaching 1.6 million.

The Atlanta region is expected to add more than 1 million jobs by 2040. The top employment sectors in 2040 will be health care, retail, education and professional and scientific.

Forecast Data & Maps


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