Atlanta 2021: What Midtown wants from Atlanta’s next mayor

This video and story about Midtown Atlanta is one of seven about neighborhood issues in the Atlanta mayor’s race by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Midtown Atlanta is an expansive community that boasts high-rises full of young professionals, student housing for Georgia Tech and affluent single-family neighborhoods. In addition to being an epicenter for business, it’s home to some of Atlanta’s most treasured landmarks, including Piedmont Park, the Fox Theatre and the High Museum of Art, and is the center of LGBTQ life in the city.

Midtown is in the middle of a dramatic boom in development.


Population: 52,616

Median household income: $83,196

Median age: 29

Race: 60% white, 17.4% Black, 13% Asian, 5.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.8% other

Unemployment rate: 3.1% (this could have changed since COVID)

Poverty rate: 16.1%

Median home value (of owner-occupied units): $320,827

Percent of rental units: 60.9%

Percent of owner-occupied units: 39.1%

Percent of rents above $1,000: 73.4%

ABOUT THE VIDEO: Video by Ryon Horne, Tyson Horne and Hyosub Shin. Reporting by Tyler Estep.

Midtown Atlanta map