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Surrounding counties had similar growth. Clayton County is the new fifth-largest county in Georgia, moving it up one spot from last year ahead of Chatham County.
Similarly, Hall County overtook Richmond County to become the new 10th-largest county in Georgia. Richmond falls back to No. 11.
The data doesn’t point to a reason for the boom in Atlanta’s population growth, and it doesn’t indicate how many people moved away in that time.
Areas outside of metro Atlanta saw growth as well. Jackson County, which is north of Athens, was the 10th fastest growing county in the U.S. with a 4 percent population growth between 2017 and 2018. In that time, the county added 2,706 residents.
Jackson County is 63 miles from Atlanta.
Here is how the population changed across the U.S:
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