Census numbers show Georgia’s population continues to grow

ATLANTA — More people are moving to Georgia. It’s part of a trend. Census numbers show that people are leaving the Northeast and Midwest for the milder weather in the Southeast.

Deborah Moore made a decision to leave behind the fast pace of life in Chicago for a more laidback lifestyle in LaGrange.

“I wanted to slow down. I wanted to have time for myself,” Moore said. “The weather was a definite factor - getting out of the snow and ice and the cold, cold winters after living there all of my life.”

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The milder weather also allows her to take more walks with her husband.

She also appreciates the lower cost of living.

“Georgia has 30% less housing costs than the national average,” Moore said.


She is among the nearly 200,000 people who’ve moved to Georgia since 2020.

Since retiring here, she’s traded fighting traffic for relaxing by the pool and helping first graders learn to read at a local school.

Moore says she loves her new life in Georgia.

“I am very happy with the move that I made to Georgia, I’ve been here six months now and I feel very relaxed here.”

Gwinnett County had the biggest population jump in metro Atlanta.

It gained more than 17,000 people between July 2020 and July 2022.

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