Our February 2021 regional snapshot introduces and presents highlight findings from our new 100 Metros Data Dashboard. This dashboard presents population (including age and race), employment, income, housing, public health, and other varied data about the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the country. Key takeaways are:
- Pandemic: The number of jobs declined 157.5K in 2020 (from 2019), but Metro Atlanta now ranks 7th in size of job base
compared to 9th in 2019. However, Metro Atlanta ranks 63rd in the percent change in the average hourly earnings.
- Rapid growth: Metro Atlanta ranks fourth in total population growth since 2010, and added the 5th most building
permits in 2019.
- Young and diverse place: Metro Atlanta ranks 77th in the share of population identified as White. Also, the region ranks 6th in the total population of those under age 19.
- Income and housing characteristics muddling in the middle: Metro Atlanta generally ranks around the middle (of the 100 metros) for most indicators of income and housing characteristics.
- Low rates of those with health insurance: Metro Atlanta ranks 90th in the percentage of adults who have health insurance.