Atlanta Population 2016

Atlanta is Georgia's capital and most populous city, as well as the economic and cultural hub of the Atlanta metropolitan area. It also ranks 6th economically in the nation with a GDP of $270 billion, and 15th among world cities.

In 2012, Atlanta's population was estimated at 443,775 in the city, up from 432,000 a year before. This means Atlanta's 2013 population should be around 453,000.

Atlanta Population 2014

Atlanta's population of about 450,000 represents the residents of the city proper, although the urban population is 4.9 million and the Atlanta metropolitan area is home to 5.45 million, making it the 9th largest in the United States. The Combined Statistical Area is even larger at 6.09 million. 
Atlanta has a population density of 3,188 people per square mile (1,230/square kilometer).

Atlanta Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial makeup of Atlanta was as follows:

  • Black or African American: 54%
  • White: 38.4%
  • Asian: 3.1%
  • Native American: 0.2%
  • Other race: 2.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.0%
  • Hispanic of any race: 5.2%

Atlanta is also home to one of the highest LGBT populations per capita, which is third among major US cities behind San Francisco and Seattle. 12.8% of Atlanta's city population is gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Atlanta is also the 4th largest majority black city in the country, and it has often been called a black mecca. Still, African Americans in the city have been moving to the suburbs over the last 10 years, and the city's black population shrank from 61.4% in 2000 to 54% in 2010. Meanwhile, Atlanta has seen the fastest growth in the proportion of whites in the city than any other US city. The white population grew from 31% to 38% from 2000 to 2010.

Atlanta History

Atlanta was inhabited by Cherokee and Creek Indians prior to the arrival of Europeans. Standing Peachtree, a Creek village, is now the closest Indian settlement to Atlanta.

The Western and Atlantic Railroad was approved in 1836 to connect Savannah to the Midwest. After the area was surveyed, the zero milepost was driven into what is now called Five Points. Just a year later, the area around this milepost had become a settlement, known originally as Terminus and later as Thrashervile.

By 1842, Thrasherville had 6 buildings and 30 residents and was renamed as Marthasville. J. Edgar Thomson of the Georgia Railroad suggested renaming the settlement to Atlantica-Pacifica, which was then shortened to Atlanta, and the town was incorporated in 1847.

Atlanta's population grew rapidly over the next decade. During the Civil War, its railroads made it a hub for distributing military supplies, and the Union Army moved southward and invaded north Georgia in 1860. Four years later, Confederate General Hood ordered a retreat from Atlanta and all buildings destroyed. The next day, the Mayor of Atlanta surrendered the city to the Union Army.

Sherman ordered Atlanta burned to the ground in 1864 when it became apparent it would be lost to the Union, but the city was slowly rebuilt. By 1880, it surpassed Savannah as the state's largest city, and it had a period of unprecedented growth during the early 20th century.

Atlanta Population Growth

Atlanta is a rapidly growing city, and its metropolitan area exceeded 5.5 million for the first time in 2013. While the area's growth is not as high as it was in the 1990's and early 2000s, it's higher than the previous year and this growth is expected to continue as Atlanta attracts new people.

Slow growth is normal for the United States, as the country is still recovering from te Great Recession. Still, the U.S. Census Bureau found that metro Atlanta was the 6th fastest growing metro area in the country from 2012 to 2013.

It's projected that metro Atlanta's population will reach about 5.7 million by 2020.