2020 Census Results: Georgia Filled Up Another Million People
When Georgia’s population surpassed the coveted 10 million mark a few years ago, it sent a message that Peach State was one of the largest states in the country (currently eighth, behind Ohio) and growing, like most of its Sunbelt brethren.
The official statewide 2020 U.S. Census Bureau tally released on Monday shows the trajectory continuing.
Georgia welcomed an additional 1 million people between 2010 and last year’s ten-year tally, climbing to 10.7 million people in total. Only 10 states have more than 10 million people, according to US census data.
Like much of the South, Georgia’s growth is above the national average, but the population increase of the past decade does not match that of the gangbusters of the 1980s and 1990s. And for the first time since the 1990 census, Georgia will not add a seat to the United States House of Representatives, but will keep 14.
All this talk about population got us thinking about trends closer to home.
The 2020 count demographics and demographics for cities and counties won’t be released until later this year, which is a bummer. But according to the AJC, the consensus among “Atlanta area officials” is that the hard numbers will show that population growth has slowed in the area in recent years.
All indicators suggest, however, that the city of Atlanta will be an exception.
Atlanta’s population plummeted to a low point of around 390,000 in 1990 as decades of commuter robbery and the ravages of drug and crime epidemics took their toll.
According to the most recent census estimates, however, the city of Atlanta’s population had grown to 506,000 by July 2019. (The city’s landmass, of course, is only a chunk of the region metropolitan Atlanta.)
This is the largest number of people living in Atlanta proper in its history. But as city leaders have noted, Atlanta remains relatively sprawling as the 316th-densest city in the United States — a statistic that flies in the face of the “We Full” argument.
Compared to the official 2010 US Census count, the recent population estimate shows nearly 19% more people living within the city limits in less than a decade.
But wait, there’s more.
Another database, the World Population Review, suggests that the city of Atlanta has continued to grow at an astonishing rate over the past two years, outpacing most Sunbelt rivals besides Austin in population growth. relative.
The World Population Review puts the current population within the city limits of Atlanta at 524,067.
That’s almost 25% more Atlantans right now compared to 2010. And that sounds about right, right?
• 2020 Atlanta tenant data shows an influx of people from the suburbs, New York and Chicago (Urbanize Atlanta)