Metro Atlanta’s population rose to more than 5.7 million residents last year, and the number of people living in Fulton County crossed the 1 million milestone, according to newly released U.S. Census estimates.
The Atlanta area remained the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country. The region grew by about 1.7 percent between 2014 and 2015.
Fulton is the state’s largest county, with more than 1,010,000 residents, according to the Census figures unveiled Thursday. Gwinnett reached nearly 896,000 people, Cobb increased to more than 741,000 and DeKalb’s population expanded to almost 735,000.
Forsyth was the 11th-fastest growing county nationwide, increasing its population by about 4 percent to more than 212,000 residents.
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