Atlanta Population and Demographics

Atlanta Population:

• 6.1 Million (2012 est.) in the 39-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area
• 547,841 (2013 est.) in the City of Atlanta
Source: Census Bureau (2013)


Ask any Atlantan to name a word to describe the changing Atlanta population, the word dynamic often comes to mind. It describes the rapid changes the city has seen and will see in Atlanta demographics over the next 10 years.

The Atlanta Combined Statistical area spans up to 39 counties in north Georgia and had an estimated population of 6.1 million people. Atlanta is considered an “alpha(-) world city”. It is the second largest metropolitan region in the Southeast behind South Florida.

Atlanta has no natural boundaries, so the metropolitan area is large, encompassing 8,480.27 square miles. Across the region, 28 counties and 140 municipalities govern. The City of Atlanta, in the center of the metropolitan area, encompasses 131 square miles.

The 2010 census counted 5,268,860 people in the 28-county metro area. This was an increase of 1,020,879 versus the same 28-county area in 2000, second only to Houston. The percent increase was 24.0%, second-highest (after Houston) among the nation’s ten largest metro areas.

Growth means the Atlanta population has become more diverse. In fact, the city’s racial diversity is greater than the nation as a whole. Atlanta is also younger than the U.S. population with an average age of 33.2 compared to 37.2 for the population as a whole. More than 35 percent of those who moved here from 2000 – 2004 came to Atlanta from a different state. The largest percentage of people came from New York and New Jersey.

If you are planning a visit to Atlanta, be warned. Many people who visit fall in love and decide to call Atlanta home. With great weather, diverse Atlanta population and strong economy, it’s easy to see why.