Census: Metro Atlanta has 4th-fastest growing population in nation



If you needed any more proof Atlanta and its surrounding metro area are full, look no further than the more than 75,000 residents added to the population in the past year.

The metro Atlanta area — which includes 29 counties — had the nation's fourth highest population growth from 2017 to 2018, according data the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday. The region's growth from 2010 to 2018 was also the fourth highest in the nation. In that time, 663,201 people were added to metro Atlanta's population.

The population for the metro area grew by 1.29 percent from 5,874,249 in 2017 to 5,949,951 in 2018.

According to the latest numbers, the five largest counties in Georgia are now Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and Clayton.


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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