Study: Gwinnett experiencing second largest growth in metro Atlanta

Food trucks in downtown Lilburn last year. (Credit: Facebook photo)

Food trucks in downtown Lilburn last year. (Credit: Facebook photo)

Gwinnett County is second in metro Atlanta population growth only to Fulton County, according to a new study from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Gwinnett remains the second-most populous metro Atlanta county with 925,800 residents. The county is behind Fulton by 111,270 people; ARC estimates Fulton’s population at 1,037,070.

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Gwinnett added 15,100 people between 2018 and 2019, and has grown by 120,479 residents since 2010, according to the commission.

Gwinnett is also outpacing its neighbors in average yearly growth. Gwinnett’s grown by an average of 13,387 people per year between 2010 and 2019, the highest annual average of the 10 counties included in the study and the city of Atlanta, an ARC report says. That’s a slowdown from the average growth of 22,441 people per year seen between 1990 and 2010, also the highest for its time period.

The commission's findings echo earlier U.S. Census Bureau data showing significant growth in Gwinnett's northern and less urbanized communities. Areas that added more than 1,000 people in the last nine years include Buford, Suwanee, Grayson and Sugar Hill.

The Atlanta Regional Commission has released its annual Regional Snapshot study about population growth and development in metro Atlanta.

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Credit: Atlanta Regional Commission

Gwinnett’s continued population growth is reflected in its addition of housing, the ARC study shows. In 2018, the county had nearly 4,000 building permits issued for new housing. The vast majority of those permits were for single-family homes. The most permits for single-family homes were issued in Duluth, Peachtree Corners and Buford, according to an ARC map. A large number of multifamily residential building permits were also issued in Lawrenceville, Duluth and Buford, according to the same data.

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