The Atlanta region’s core continues to see rapid growth behind a growing trend toward multi-family construction. According to the latest annual population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the City of Atlanta added 9,900 residents between April 2016 and April 2017.

The city added 7,900 residents the year before. Those numbers show considerable increases in population growth over 2014-2015, when the city added 4,800 new residents, and over 2012 – 2013 when it added only 1,200.

The 10-county Atlanta region’s population grew at a faster rate than at any time since the Great Recession, increasing by 1.8 percent, compared to 1.6 percent a year earlier. The Atlanta region is now home to 4,480,100 people, more than that of 24 states.

The population increase is being fueled by strong employment growth. The 29-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) region added more than 87,000 jobs between May 2016 and May 2017, the second-highest total among the largest metros in the nation.

“The Atlanta region was slow to emerge from the recession, but strong growth in the past few years shows that our recovery has taken hold,” said Mike Carnathan, manager of ARC’s Research & Analytics Group. “People are moving here because jobs are plentiful to a wide variety of job seekers.”

Each of the region’s 10 core counties experienced population growth during the past year. Fulton County led the way, adding 17,100 residents. Gwinnett County added 16,900 people, while Cobb County grew by 12,800. DeKalb County added 8,900 people, Cherokee County 7,300, Henry County 5,400, Clayton County 4,700, Douglas County 1,900, Fayette County 1,700, and Rockdale County 1,600.

“Metro Atlanta offers a world-class quality of life along with one of the nation’s best business environments,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC board chair. “It’s a winning combination that has fueled tremendous growth in recent years.”

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

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.