The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county Atlanta area, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta.
ARC also produces and collects data for a larger, 20-county area for air quality purposes. These include the 10 counties above, plus Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Coweta, Forsyth, Hall, Newton, Paulding, Spalding and Walton counties.
So, the Atlanta region is defined in many different ways. This map (PDF) may help clear things up.
Latest Forecasts for Population and Employment (to 2040)
ARC's newly-released population and employment forecasts show continued strong growth for the 20-county Atlanta region. What does ARC expect in the future? Find out on our new forecast page!
2015 Population Estimates
ARC's recently-released population estimates show the region added 60,300 new residents between April 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. This is the largest single-year growth since the Great Recession, but still lags the region's 20-year average annual growth rate of 77,000 new residents each year. The 10-county Atlanta region is now home to 4,332,600 people. Read the Regional Snapshot for more information. Interested in more population data? Please go to the population and housing data page for more information, including data from the 2010 Census.
2012 Employment Estimates
Go to the employment data page to learn more about ARC's 2012 employment estimates. Not only do they include small-area estimates for the 20-county region by job type. Interested in just the data?
The files presented below are all XLSX.
Interested in more information about metro Atlanta? Visit the Weave tool on Neighborhood Nexus and explore our 20-County Data Dashboard.