Population & Housing Data

ARC's 2013 Population Estimates

ARC has been producing population estimates for the major jurisdictions in the Atlanta region since the 1950s. It is one of ARC’s signature research products. This Regional Snapshot presents ARC’s 2013 population estimates that show the 10-county region added 40,100 new residents between April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013. Highlights include:

  • Since 2010, the region averaged roughly 37,000 new residents each year, which is less than half of the average annual growth experienced between 1990 and 2010.
  • Since 2010, Gwinnett has led the region in growth, adding almost 9,000 new residents each year. Next is Fulton (+8,300), followed by Cobb (+6,500) and DeKalb (+4,900).
  • Last year (2012-2013), Fulton added 9,300 new residents, slightly more than Gwinnett’s 9,100 new residents gained.
  • Building permits are a good indicator of overall population. Since 1980, the region permitted, on average, about 35,000 new residential units each year. In 2012, the region averaged only 11,000, which helps explain why population growth remains sluggish. 

The Report:

Regional Snapshot (Web Page)

Presentation (PDF)

More information:

For more infomation about the region's population, please go to ARC's 2010 Census page that contains a host of information documenting the dramatic demographic changes that occurred during the 2000 decade. And make sure you check back often, that page will be updated frequently.

The Archives:

2012
Regional Snapshot (PDF)

2011
Regional Snapshot (PDF)

2009
2009 data tables
(population variables) (housing variables) (XLS)

2009 Regional Snapshot (XLS)

2008
2008 data tables
(population variables) (housing variables) (XLS) 

2008 Regional Snapshot (PDF)

2007
2007 data tables:
(population variables) (housing variables) (XLS) 

2007 Regional Snapshot (PDF)

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