Asian, black populations fastest growing in Fulton County

The metro Atlanta area had the fourth highest population growth from 2017 to 2018, according data from the United States Census Bureau released Tuesday. The region was also the fourth highest from 2010 to 2018. In that time, 663,201 people were added to metro Atlanta’s population.

Credit: BRANDEN CAMP / SPECIAL

Credit: BRANDEN CAMP / SPECIAL

The latest U.S. Census Bureau data indicates Fulton County’s population has topped 1 million, and is becoming more diverse.

According to the data, the number of county residents has grown by 13% between 2010 and 2018: from 925,651  to 1.05 million. Its fastest growing populations were the black and Asian communities.

According to the census data, the Asian population grew by 47% between 2010 and 2018. In 2010, the Asian population was 53,392, and it grew to 78,463.

As a percentage of the county’s total population, in 2018 Asians accounted for 7.5% of Fulton’s residents.

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Fulton also saw an increase in its black population by 13% during the same time frame. In 2010, there were 404,877 black residents. The population has since swelled to 457,994, making up almost 44% of the county’s total population.

The county’s white population increased by 10% from 2010 to 2018. In last year’s count the Census found 432,008 white residents.

Fulton County’s white population as a percentage of the county’s total population has changed little over the past decade. Whites fell from 42% of all county residents in 2010 to 41% in 2018.

The Latino population increased by 5% to reach 76,333 in 2018.  Latinos of all races now make up 7% of Fulton County’s total population.

Hispanic and Latino population counts can overlap with other demographic groups because they are considered ethnic identifiers, not a race; you can mark on Census forms that you are a race like white or black and also denote that you are Hispanic or Latino.

The Native American population saw a decrease in population size. In 2010, the county had 1,646 residents that were Native American; now there are 1,403.

— Newsroom Data Specialist Jennifer Peebles contributed to this report.

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