Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero
Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero

Study: People are building tons of family homes in South, North Fulton

A recent study found that Fulton County’s growth isn’t just centered in the city of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Regional Commission released a study last week that found the non-Atlanta parts of Fulton grew by 6,540 people in 2018, said the ARC’s Junior Knox.

The ARC said metro Atlanta added 72,500 people in the past year, putting the 10-county region at 4.6 million people.

You wouldn’t know it from traffic, but that growth is at a slightly slower rate than the previous two years.

The nation is awaiting the latest numbers from the U.S. Census, which will occur in 2020. But early Census estimates show that metro Atlanta is certainly still growing.

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The ARC study also helped show growth by analyzing the number of building permits.

In 2018, the non-Atlanta portion of Fulton has 3,210 single-family home building permits. That’s second-highest in the metro area, just a hair behind Gwinnett County’s permit numbers.

Maps show that the largest groups of permits in Fulton are around Roswell and Alpharetta in North Fulton and near the airport and Fayette County border in southern Fulton.

And the ARC isn’t alone.

The Atlanta Realtors Association said the median price ($285,000) of a home sold in metro Atlanta during June increased 7.5% from the same month last year.

An increasing hunger of homes throughout Fulton can also be seen in Hapeville, where the city in February started to process to insulate its 2,100 homeowners from rising property values by upping its homestead exemption.

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