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Economic Growth Helps Metro Atlanta's Population Boom

Aug 10, 2017
Mike Stewart / Associated Press

Metro Atlanta's population is still growing. New Atlanta Regional Commission numbers show the population increased in all 10 core metro counties from April 2016 to April 2017.

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"We added about 78,000 new residents last year, which is the strongest single-year growth we've had in about a decade,” said Mike Carnathan, manager of the ARC’s research and analytics group. 

He’s not surprised at what is driving the population boom. 

Atlanta Regional Commission

Although Atlanta may be seeing a boom of retirees in recent years, young people still cluster in the city, according to the above map from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Atlanta Regional Commission

Over a quarter of Georgians – 28.3 percent – over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2010-2014. The nationwide figure for adults with high education degrees is 29.3 percent, but the percentage of Atlantans is a whopping 47.1 percent – nearly half the city's adult population.

For reference, the percentage of adults living in San Francisco who meet that criteria is 52.9 percent.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Atlanta is seeking input about what the city should look like if the region meets projections and grows by more than millions of people in the next 25 years.

Atlanta's planning commissioner, Tim Keane, said the region is expected to grow by 2.5 million people in the next 25 years.

Atlanta's Population Gets Boost From Job Growth

Aug 11, 2016
In this July 9, 2012, photograph made using a long exposure, traffic moves along Interstate 75 against the downtown skyline in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Metro Atlanta is growing, according to a new report.

The 10 core counties that are partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission added 69,200 people from April 2015 through April of this year.

“This shows continued recovery from the Great Recession, job growth is continuing to accelerate which, you know, population growth usually follows,” says Mike Carnathan, a researcher with the ARC.

The researchers say the population of the metro Atlanta region is now 4.4 million, which is more than the number of people who live in 24 states.

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