A new growth projection for population has Fayette County growing by nearly 33 percent in the the next 30 years.
The newest study from the Atlanta Regional Commission has the county adding just over 36,000 people in the next 30 years. The commission pegs Fayette’s 2015 population at 110,975.
Adjoining Coweta County, however, is expected to explode to more than 217,000 over the same period. Coweta’s estimated population in 2015 was just over 141,000 and it’s expected to grow by 54 percent in the same time frame.
The ARC study also listed some highlights of the forecasts:
- The largest population increases are expected to occur in several areas: Parts of in-town Atlanta; in the northern suburbs along the I-75, I-85 and Ga. 400 corridors; and on the Southside near the airport.
- The share of the region’s white residents will decline sharply, from 47.5 percent in 2015 to 31 in 2050.
- The share of Hispanic residents will reach 21 percent in 2050, up from 12 in 2015, while the share of black residents will remain steady at about 33.
- The share of residents age 75 or older will triple by 2050, to 12 percent.
- Gwinnett County will become the most populous county in the region with 1.48 million residents, narrowly edging Fulton County.
- Forsyth County will have the fastest rate of growth by 2050, more than doubling in population, followed by Henry County with a growth rate of 70 percent.
- The largest employment gains will occur in the following sectors: health care and social assistance; professional, scientific and technical; and construction. The largest job losses are forecast to occur in the manufacturing and utilities sectors.