The older adult population is growing. Atlanta, like the rest of the country and many parts of the world, is experiencing a dramatic increase in its older adult population. In fact, the changing older adult population is a demographic force that will reshape the region.
- The older adult population in the Atlanta region doubled between 1970 and 2000.
- Between 2000 and 2015, it will double again.
- By 2030, one in five residents will be over the age of 60.
Regional Snapshots - 2010 Census Information
The Graying of Atlanta: A Look at the Latest 2010 Census Data: Recenty released 2010 Census data reveals that the Atlanta region is getting older and that those ages 45-64 make up the fastest growing segment in the region. This Regional Snapshot explores age trends in the20-county region.
Exploring Census 2010 Data: Race and Age Trends: This Regional Snapshot looks at both race/ethnicity and age trends and finds that age trends vary greatly depending on race or ethnicity, as well as place of residence.
County Aging Profiles
Check out ARC’s county aging profiles dashboard that presents data in an easy-to-use, interactive dashboard. Simply choose the topic and jurisdiction you’re are interested in and visualize how your jurisdiction compares to others in the 10-county Atlanta region. Also be sure to move your mouse over all the charts – in some cases you can change what is being displayed.
Preference Survey Results of Older Adults in the Atlanta Region
To better understand the characteristics and preferences of the future older adult population and how the rapid growth will affect the Atlanta region, the Atlanta Regional Commission partnered with the UGA Carl Vinson Institute to survey the 55+ population in the 10 county metropolitan area (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.
Results of the Survey
Additional Information about Older Adults in the Atlanta region