ARC pegs Fayette population at 118,000

New population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission show the county continuing to grow, but not at the breakneck speed of the 1980s and 1990s.

The planning group estimates Fayette’s population at 118,000, which is up 1,800 from last year for a growth rate just over one percent.

Here are data points from the group’s snapshot on growth:

  • The 10-county Atlanta region is now home to 4,628,400 in 2019, up from 4,555,900 in 2018. From April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019 the region added 72,500 new residents. This represents slightly slower growth than what the region experienced the previous two years.
  • The Atlanta region’s 2019 population is larger than that of 24 states.
  • The slower growth, while still strong, reflects a moderation in job growth in the past year.
  • From 2018 to 2019, Fulton added 16,700 new residents, the largest single-year growth in the region. Next were Gwinnett with 15,100 new residents, DeKalb with 8,500 new residents, and Cherokee with 8,200 new residents.
  • The city of Atlanta continues to experience significant growth. Again fueled by high levels of multi-family development, the city added 10,900 new residents between 2018 and 2019, up slightly from last year and the largest single-year estimated population increase since the Great Recession.
  • In 2018, there were 27,600 new residential building permits in the 10-county region, which was an increase of over 3,000 (primarily in the multifamily sector) from 2017-2018, and almost the same overall level as 2016 permits. Still, current building permit activity for the 10-county region remains lower than pre-recession permit levels, and still trails the 1980-2018 average annual level of 32,130.

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