New population estimates put Gwinnett over 900,000 for first time

Gwinnett County added the second-most people of any metro Atlanta community last year, pushing its total population over 900,000 for the first time, according to new estimates released Wednesday.

The data from the Atlanta Regional Commission suggested that Gwinnett added 16,700 residents between April 2017 and April 2018. That represented more than 20 percent of the total population growth in the 10-county Atlanta region and trailed only Fulton County’s estimated boost of 17,570 residents.

Gwinnett’s total estimated population is now 910,700.

“Certainly seeing the numbers come from the Atlanta Regional Commission confirms what we were already aware of,” Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said. “Gwinnett continues to be attractive to residents and to businesses.”

Gwinnett is the second most populous county in metro Atlanta behind Fulton, which boasts around 1,020,000 residents, according to new estimates. Gwinnett, which had the highest average annual population increase in the region since 2010, is predicted to eclipse 1 million residents within the next several years.

It has added more than 105,000 residents since 2010.

The Atlanta region is now home to 4,555,900 people, the ARC said.

“The Atlanta region had strong growth over the last few years as we emerged from the Great Recession,” Mike Carnathan, manager of the ARC’s research and analytics group, said in a news release. “People are moving here because jobs are plentiful and because metro Atlanta offers a great quality of life.”

Read here for more coverage about the entire region’s population growth.

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