For 50 years, or so, ARC has been developing population estimates for the Atlanta region. While growth is still not as strong as the late 1990s or the early 2000s, the region did experience the largest single-year population increase since the Great Recession. Here are the highlights of ARC’s 2016 population estimates:
- The 10-county Atlanta region is now home to 4,401,800 persons in 2016, up from 4,332,600 in 2015. From April 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016 the region added 69,200 new residents. This represents the largest single-year increase since 2007-2008. The Atlanta region’s 2016 population is larger than that of 24 states.
- From 2015 to 2016, Gwinnett added 17,300 new residents, the largest single-year growth in the region. Next were Fulton with 15,300 new residents, Cobb with 9,900, and Cherokee with 6,800 new residents.
- The City of Atlanta, too, is experiencing impressive growth. Fueled by a boom in multi-family development, the city added 7,900 new residents between 2015 and 2016, the largest single-year estimated population increase since the Great Recession.
- In 2015, there were over 22,200 new residential building permits in the 10-county region, which was over 2,000 higher than the number permitted in 2014, and the highest annual performance of the decade. Still, current building permit activity for the 10-county region hasn’t reached pre-recession permit levels.
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