The city of Dunwoody’s population reached 46,267 in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures released March 17.

That’s up from 32,808 in 2000, when Dunwoody was a “Census Designated Place,” an area designated by the Census for reporting its counts.

About two years ago, Dunwoody became a city. The area included in the city is larger than the area designated as Dunwoody for the census in 2000, said Dunwoody City Councilman Robert Wittenstein. He says the actual count in 2000 should have been 38,740.

Wittenstein said a true comparison of the 2000 and 2010 population figures shows Dunwoody actually grew by about 19 percent, or 7,527 people, during the decade.

The 2010 Dunwoody census numbers reported that about 70 percent of the population was white, about 13 percent was black or African American, about 11 percent was Asian and about 4 percent was identified as people of other races.

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