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.
New! 2014 Population Estimates
ARC's recently-released population estimates show the region added 52,700 new residents between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014. 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 4,272,300 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.
Cities and Towns: 2010 Yearbook of Growth and Change
This report uses 2010 Census data to examine city population growth, race and ethnicity changes and annexation trends in the 10-county Atlanta region.
2010 Cities and Towns report | (PDF, 6.4 MB)
ARC's 2009 Cities and Towns report details population, financial and employment trends for cities in the 10-county Atlanta region.
2009 Cities and Towns report | (PDF, 8MB)
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!
Archival Data: E6 Forecasts Done in 2006
Interested in more information about metro Atlanta? Try these Census profiles on the 28-County Metropolitan Statistical Area: (Source: 2011 American Community Survey, 1-year). In the upper right on the page that is linked, you have the option of viewing other profiles.