Atlanta’s Population Growth Accelerating As Economy Recovers

The Atlanta region is growing faster than it has since the Great Recession, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission, though the region is still not matching the growth rates of the decades before the recession.

In the last year, the population of 10 Atlanta counties has grown by 60,300 people, about 15,000 more than the average annual change from 2010 to this year.

“The economy is getting better, and our population growth is responding to that,” said Mike Alexander, manager of the Research and Analytics Division at the ARC. 

Gwinnett County added the most people, followed by Fulton and Cobb. Cherokee, Clayton, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Henry and Rockdale all grew too.

The City of Atlanta’s growth is also picking up, said Alexander. It added about 4,800 residents from April 2014 to April 2015.

“The city of Atlanta since 2010 has issued more building permits for residential construction than any other jurisdiction,” he said. “That really is a counter-trend to about 40 years of building permit history.”