The latest U.S. Census Bureau data indicates Fulton County’s population is expanding is becoming more of a racially mixed bag.
Photo: BRANDEN CAMP / SPECIAL
Photo: BRANDEN CAMP / SPECIAL

Asian, black populations fastest growing in Fulton County

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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