Georgia Population 2017

10,450,316

Our 2016 estimate puts Georgia's population at 10,332,588. This value is based on the most recent Census estimates, released in 2016. The last confirmed population for Georgia was recorded during the last nationwide census, which took place in 2010. When the survey was completed, it revealed that 9,687,653 people were living within the state.

The recorded population in 2010 of 9,687,653 represented a rise of 18.3% on the numbers in 2000, which reached 8,186,453. An estimate released in July 2015 suggested that the population of Georgia had risen to 10,214,860.

At the current estimate of just over 10.3 million, Georgia is the 8th most populated state, recently passing Michigan.

With the 10th fastest growth rate of 1.19%, the population of Georgia first surpassed 10 million residents in 2013.

Georgia Population Density

Situated in the southeastern corner of the United States, Georgia is the 24th largest US state when it comes to sheer land mass. The total surface area is 59,425 square miles (or 153,909 square kilometers) and for every square mile of Georgian territory, there is an average of 168.4 people.

Georgia ranks 18th in the United States in population density.

Georgia Population Chart

Georgia Population History

It may be something of a generalization, but it’s fair to say that as far as population history is concerned, the western and eastern halves of the United States tend to follow two distinct patterns.

In the east, where the first settlers arrived in the 18th century, numbers were healthy from the very start, but in the west they were sparse to start with -- barely over a thousand at the first recorded censuses in some cases.

Georgia tends to reflect this generalization. In 1790, recorded figures show that 82,548 people were living within the state. However, unlike other eastern states where population growth remained steady, Georgia’s increases were quite phenomenal, and just ten years later, the population had almost doubled to 162,686.

That rise proved to be the biggest spike in Georgia’s history but further, substantial growth was to follow, and by 1860, the numbers in the state had comfortably exceeded one million. Further increases have now taken those confirmed statistics past 10 million total citizens.

Like most US states, Georgia has never seen a decline in its decennial census counts, although from 1920 to 1930, the population only increased by 13,000 people.

Georgia Population Growth

As for the present and the future, continued population growth is expected. Georgia continues to grow at greater than 1% per year, which makes it one of the faster growing states in the country (12th).

According to a projection released in 2010 by the state of Georgia, the population was expected to reach 14.7 million by 2030. These projections seem to contradict the US Census projections, and may have overstated the potential growth of the state.

Population Data via US Census

Georgia Growth Rate

Georgia State Rank

Year Pop % Change
202010,803,5001.10%
201910,685,7721.11%
201810,568,0441.13%
201710,450,3161.14%
201610,332,5881.15%
201510,214,8601.17%
201410,097,1321.06%
20139,991,5620.75%
20129,917,6391.07%
20119,812,2801.29%
20109,687,6531.70%
20008,186,4532.37%
19906,478,2161.72%
19805,463,1051.76%
19704,589,5751.53%
19603,943,1161.36%
19503,444,5780.98%
19403,123,7230.72%
19302,908,5060.04%
19202,895,8321.05%
19102,609,1211.64%
19002,216,3311.89%
18901,837,3531.77%
18801,542,1802.68%
18701,184,1091.14%
18601,057,2861.55%
1850906,1852.74%
1840691,3922.95%
1830516,8234.25%
1820340,9893.09%
1810251,4074.45%
1800162,6867.02%
179082,5480.00%

Georgia Facts

undefined Population in 2017Source: Chuck Koehler from Cartersville, GA, USA

  • Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world.
  • The world's largest sculpture is carved into the granite on the face of Stone Mountain.
  • Georgia was the first state to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
  • The oldest state park in the US is located in the state of Georgia.
  • Georgia has the distinction of being the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
  • The world's largest college campus is located at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
  • Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta in 1886. Today, there is a World of Coca-Cola attraction located in the city.
  • Georgia is the number one producer of peaches, pecans and peanuts.
  • Auraria was the site for the country's first Gold Rush in 1828 and led to an increase in population.
  • Georgia had a population of around 40,000 way back in 1776.

Georgia Population Density by County

Fulton County

  • Population1,010,562
  • Density1918.62 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20109.13%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State9.89%

Georgia Population Growth Rate by County

Georgia is a state that has many counties -- 159 to be exact -- and in recent years, these counties have experienced significant growth, while others have seen declining populations. Instrestingly enough, the counties that have seen the highest rates of growth are mostly grouped together along the southeastern border and close to the northern border. Growth rates were compiled over a 5-year period from the 2010 Census through 2015, when estimates were taken by the US Census Bureau. Two counties saw increases by over 20% -- Forsyth County and Long County, while other counties saw smaller but still significant growth rates, including Cherokee, Hall, and Gwinett.

Just as there are counties with increasing populations, Georgia also has regions that have seen declines in populations over the last several years. Hancock County, with a decline of over 9%, saw the biggest drop in population, while other counties, including Sumter, Randolph, and Baker, recorded declines of more than 5%.

Population Pyramid

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Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White6,295,96461.64%
Black or African American3,240,29431.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native51,4050.5%
Asian409,1194.01%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander12,2290.12%
Two or More Races205,8492.02%

Georgia is a state that has many counties -- 159 to be exact -- and in recent years, these counties have experienced significant growth, while others have seen declining populations. Instrestingly enough, the counties that have seen the highest rates of growth are mostly grouped together along the southeastern border and close to the northern border. Growth rates were compiled over a 5-year period from the 2010 Census through 2015, when estimates were taken by the US Census Bureau. Two counties saw increases by over 20% -- Forsyth County and Long County, while other counties saw smaller but still significant growth rates, including Cherokee, Hall, and Gwinett.

Just as there are counties with increasing populations, Georgia also has regions that have seen declines in populations over the last several years. Hancock County, with a decline of over 9%, saw the biggest drop in population, while other counties, including Sumter, Randolph, and Baker, recorded declines of more than 5%.

Languages Spoken in Georgia

Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over9,133,039100
English8,168,72489.44
Spanish709,5657.77
French35,8000.39
Chinese31,4850.34
German25,9600.28
Kru, Ibo, Yoruba20,4500.22
Amharic12,4150.14
Portuguese12,0800.13
Telugu8,9950.1

This chart shows the top 10 non-English languages that are spoken at home in Georgia. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Georgia Economy

Indicator Value
HighSchoolGraduate85
BachelorsDegree28.3
Disabled8.7
NoHealthInsurance17.9
LaborForceTotal62.6
LaborForceFemale58.1
FoodServiceSales18,976,611
HealthCareRevenue51,800,643
ManufacturerShipments155,836,792
MerchantWholesalesSales143,645,290
RetailSales119,801,495
RetailSalesPerCapita12,077
MeanWorkTravelTime27.2
MedianHouseholdIncome49,342
PerCapitaIncome25,427
PovertyPercentage18.3

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Georgia for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6% and the labor force participation rate is 63%.

Georgia Business

Indicator Value
NonemployerEstablishments848,952
AllFirms929,864
MenOwnedFirms480,578
WomenOwnedFirms376,506
MinorityOwnedFirms371,588
NonminorityOwnedFirms538,893
VeteranOwnedFirms96,787
NonveteranOwn800,585

Georgia Housing

Indicator Value
HousingUnits4,182,110
HousingUnits4,088,801
OwnerOccupiedRate64.2
OwnerOccupiedMedianValue148,000
MonthlyOwnerCostsMortage1,388
MonthlyOwnerCostsNoMortage394
MedianGrossRent874
BuildingPermits45,549
Households3,540,690
PersonsPerHousehold2.72
SameHouseOneYearAgo83.8
NonEnglishAtHome13.4
Data Sources
  1. Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  2. Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  3. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  4. Census QuickFacts