Buckhead by the Numbers: A Snapshot of the Latest US Census Data
Buckhead remains wealthier and thriving than the rest of Atlanta, according to 2020 U.S. Census data.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), a metropolitan area planning agency, provided Buckhead.com with an analysis of the latest census results for Buckhead and the rest of Atlanta. All census results are estimates of the ever-changing population and their lives, but they provide insight into the state of life and its direction.
The federal government conducts the census every 10 years, asking Americans various questions about themselves. The results are supplemented by regular surveys. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results of the 2020 census have been slow to arrive. Here are the CRA estimates for 2021 statistics.
Buckhead’s estimated population is 108,388, or about one-fifth of the entire town. That’s nearly 25,000 additional residents added over the past 10 years. Buckhead’s compound population growth rate of 2.34% is much higher than the rest of Atlanta, which is 1.38%. And ARC expects this boom to continue, with Buckhead adding a network of around 10,000 more residents over the next four years.
The daytime population — the combination of residents staying and workers arriving — is even higher in a heavily commuter-oriented neighborhood. Buckhead’s daytime population is estimated at 164,746, contributing to Atlanta’s overall total of 722,656.
Buckhead’s population is somewhat older than the town as a whole. The median age is 37.9, while the rest of Atlanta is 34. By generation, the largest demographic segment is Generation Y, which represents 34.1% of the population. Next come Generation X at 19.8% and Baby Boomers at 18.1%.
Buckhead remains heavily majority white in a town that has an at least majority black population, and possibly still majority, depending on the ebb and flow of estimates. Buckhead’s non-Hispanic white population is 70.65%, compared to 26.94% in the rest of Atlanta. The ARC estimates that Atlanta as a whole is slightly majority black non-Hispanic at 50.69% of the population, while Buckhead’s black population is 11.49%.
However, Buckhead is gradually becoming more diverse. The non-Hispanic white population has dropped 5% since the last census. The black population grew by less than 1%. Asian residents are at 7.76% (up 3.19% since the last census) and Hispanic residents at 7.67% (a very slight increase). The population of the rest of Atlanta is approximately 5% Asian and 4% Hispanic.
Buckhead remains a high-income community. The median household income of $109,774 is well above Atlanta’s total of $68,806; minus Buckhead, Atlanta’s median would be $58,025. Buckhead’s per capita income is $85,452, more than double that of the rest of Atlanta at $40,717.
Buckhead residents have an unemployment rate nearly a third of Atlanta’s overall figure: 2.4% versus 6.5%. Minus Buckhead, Atlanta’s unemployment rate would be 7.7%.
Buckhead remains the king of home values and prices. The neighborhood’s median home value of $669,668 far exceeds Atlanta’s overall figure of $385,218. Buckhead dominates the supply of homes worth $2 million or more at 6.4% of stock, compared to 0.8% in the rest of Atlanta.
Still, Buckhead is a majority tenant neighborhood (54.18% of households) in a majority tenant city (58.5%).
Buckhead’s estimated 62,445 housing units make up about 23% of the city’s stock. An estimated 11.53% of these units are vacant, which is lower than the citywide percentage of 15.17%.
Graphics by Rob Knight.