Hispanics will outnumber whites by 2040 in DeKalb, projection says

Hispanics will outnumber whites and non-black minorities in DeKalb County by 2040, according to a recent projection.

The numbers come from a population forecast by the Atlanta Regional Commission, an intergovernmental agency that tracks demographic data for 10 metro-area counties.

Their numbers say Hispanics will more than double their share of the population of DeKalb County within the next 35 years. They will outnumber whites, who will shrink to 19.88 percent of the population from their current 28.95 percent.

From an economic perspective, the ARC guesses the economy for the entire metro area will boom and add plenty of jobs. The growth may not happen immediately, though, as DeKalb is expanding at a slower rate than its neighbors. The ARC forecasts that the fastest-growing region will be Forsyth County, with Gwinnett becoming the most populous.

Click here for an interactive graph on DeKalb's future population.

(Atlanta Regional Commission)
(Atlanta Regional Commission)