Population boom! Here’s a look at how many people moved to metro Atlanta, and where

ATLANTA — If you think the metro is getting busier, you are not wrong.

The Atlanta Regional Commission says 65,000 people moved into the metro in the last 12 months — which is 5,000 more than the year before. That number covers 11 counties, from Fayette up to Cherokee.

“We are clearly recovering from the initial shock of the pandemic in 2020,” said Anna Roach, executive director of ARC. “These population gains are encouraging, and they are a testament to the quality of life metro Atlanta offers. As we look to the future, we must continue to work on housing affordability, access to transit, transportation infrastructure and other critical issues so that we foster a region where everyone thrives.”


The county with the largest increase is Henry County. Their population grew by 2.7%.

Right behind them is Forsyth County at 2.6%, and then Cherokee County at 2.5%.

In terms of raw numbers instead of percentages, Gwinnett County welcomed the most people, with 13,460 new residents.