The 100 Metros Dashboard on Neighborhood Nexus provides a quick and easy way to access data about the Atlanta MSA, as well as compare our characteristics to 99 of the country’s other largest metro areas. Its recent update incorporates the most recently available Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis data for the metro area.
So what are some of our latest numbers?
- Current estimates show the metro area’s total population at 5,949,951, and a total of 2,137,280 households.
- Almost 68 percent of us live in family households, and a little less than 8 percent of our households are female-led families.
- Our largest age group is age group is 35 to 64, with 40 percent of the MSA’s population falling into this age bracket.
- When it comes to housing costs, owners tend to be less cost-burdened: About 50 percent of renters’ housing costs are more than 30 percent of their income, whereas only 21 percent of owners spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
- In the MSA, almost 42 percent of us work in management, science and business occupations. The second-largest occupation category is sales and office occupations, at 22 percent.
- On average, employees in the Atlanta MSA made $29 an hour in 2019.
- In 2018, 8.4 percent of families in the MSA were living in poverty, and 11 percent of our entire population was living below poverty.
Among the country’s 100 largest metros:
- The Atlanta MSA ranks sixth-longest in its commute, with an average time of 32.5 minutes. The New York-Newark-Jersey City MSA has the longest commute, with an average travel time from home to work of 37.6 minutes.
- We rank No. 8 for the percent of workers working from home in 2018, but it’s still just 7.6 percent of us.
- When it comes to uninsured children, Atlanta has the seventh-highest share–at 8.7 percent– of people 18 and younger living without health insurance.