Fulton remains the state’s biggest county, with roughly 1,067,000 residents, followed by Gwinnett County at No. 2 with 957,000 citizens.
“The census shows what we have long known, that many view Cobb County as an attractive place to live, work, and play,” said Lisa Cupid, chairwoman of the Cobb County Commission.
Forsyth County Manager Kevin Tanner echoed Cupid’s thoughts on what has driven residents to his north Georgia community. He said Forsyth is the perfect blend of small-town Georgia with metro Atlanta amenities.
But Tanner also acknowledged the impact of growth on a community that in 1990 had just about 45,000 residents.
“With the growth, we have been hard at work planning for future infrastructure needs including some major road developments to ensure that the growth we are experiencing is sustainable,” Tanner said.
Jeff Turner, chairman of the Clayton County Commission, said the south metro Atlanta community has long been a desirable destination, even if it has not always succeeded in publicizing its attributes.
It is home to Clayton State University, Georgia’s location of the National Archives, the “Gone With the Wind” Road to Tara Museum and the world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson International. It also has one of the highest populations of minority women businessowners in the state and one of the best water systems.
“That’s about telling our story better,” he said. “We’ve had a bad reputation for so many years, but obviously it’s not true if so many people are moving to Clayton County.”
Staff writer John Perry contributed to this article.
By the numbers:
Chatham County: Rank 6; 2010 population: 265,130; 2020 population: 295,291
Cherokee County: Rank 7: 2010 population: 214,326; 2020 population: 266,220
Clayton County: Rank: 5; 2010 population: 259,468, 2020 population: 297,595
Cobb County: Rank: 3; 2010 population: 688,113; 2020 population: 766,149
DeKalb County: Rank: 4; 2010 population: 691,845; 2020 population: 764,382
Forsyth County: Rank: 8; 2010 population: 175,115; 2020 population: 251,283
Fulton County: Rank: 1; 2010 population: 920,557; 2020 population: 1,066,710
Gwinnett County: Rank: 2; 2010 population: 805,369; 2020 population: 957,062
Henry County: Rank: 9; 2010 population: 203,844; 2020 population: 240,712
Muscogee County: Rank: 10; 2010 population: 189,881; 2020 population: 206,922;