Fueled by an increase in multifamily developments, Atlanta added 10,900 new residents between 2018 and 2019, according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission. AJC FILE
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Atlanta’s population increased by 10K in the past year

Atlanta’s population continues to grow and doesn’t show any signs of slowing.

Fueled by an increase in multifamily developments, Atlanta added 10,900 new residents between 2018 and 2019, according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The number is slightly up from last year and is the largest single-year estimated population increase in Atlanta since the Great Recession, according to the analysis.

The ARC tracks growth and development throughout the metro Atlanta area. On Wednesday, the commission released its annual population estimates for the 10-county region, which includes Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. Based on the findings, metro Atlanta added 72,500 people in the past year boosting the region’s growth to 4.6 million people.

The commission’s latest analysis also tracked the number of new residential building permits issued in the region.


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In 2018, Atlanta issued more than 6,500 building permits for multifamily developments compared with just over 1,000 for single-family homes, according to the ARC analysis. In that same period, there were 27,600 new residential building permits issued across the region. That number is up by 3,000, primarily in the multifamily sector, from last year’s totals.

Atlanta’s population growth is expected to continue into next year. The city is already projected to see an increase in population following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Earlier this year, the city identified or corrected 80,000 addresses and have held rallies to get residents excited about the upcoming census count. Having an accurate count could mean more federal money for cities and increased representation. Atlanta stands to get an additional $100 million in federal funding.


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