ARC Report: City of Atlanta added 10,900 new residents in past year


The City of Atlanta added 10,900 new residents in the past year, the city’s largest yearly increase this decade, according to 2019 population estimates released by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).

The city is now home to more than 470,000 people, a number not seen since the 1970s. Atlanta’s growth comes amid a surge in multifamily housing, as the city led the region in number of building permits issued in the past year.

The City of Atlanta is driving the growth of Fulton County, which now has a population exceeding 1 million. The only other county to add more than 10,000 people in 2018 is Gwinnett, which gained 15,100 for a total of more than 925,000.

Each of metro Atlanta’s 10 counties saw population increases in the past year, pushing the region’s total to 4.6 million. While the fastest growth rates occurred in Cherokee and Henry counties, Fulton and Gwinnett counties added the most residents.

“The Atlanta region’s growth remains strong, driven by our diverse economy and great quality of life,” said Doug Hooker, Executive Director of ARC. “But to ensure our region’s future success, we must continue to invest in our region’s infrastructure and tackle key issues like housing affordability and equity.”

The region’s growth rate, while still among the highest in the past decade, has slowed slightly – dropping to 1.6%, down from 1.8% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. This reflects a similar dip in employment growth.

For more information about ARC’s population estimates, check out ARC’s latest Regional Snapshot.

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