Atlanta, Georgia Population 2022

532,695
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Atlanta is a city located in DeKalb County and Fulton County Georgia. Atlanta has a 2020 population of 532,695. It is also the county seat of Fulton County. Atlanta is currently growing at a rate of 1.65% annually and its population has increased by 24.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 429,410 in 2010.

The average household income in Atlanta is $106,300 with a poverty rate of 19.22%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,227 per month, and the median house value is $314,400. The median age in Atlanta is 33.3 years, 33.1 years for males, and 33.5 years for females.

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 10th economically in the nation with a GDP of $276 billion.

Atlanta's population represents the residents of the city proper, although the urban population is 4.5 million and the Atlanta metropolitan area is home to 5.6 million, making it the 9th largest in the United States. The Combined Statistical Area is even larger at 6.2 million.

Atlanta Diversity

Atlanta is home to one of the highest LGBT populations per capita, which is 19th among major US metropolitan areas. An estimated 4.2% of Atlanta's metro population is gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Atlanta is also the 2nd largest majority black metro area in the country. Still, African Americans in the city have been moving to the suburbs over the last ten 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 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 1990s 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 the 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 over 8 million by 2020.

Cherokee and Creek Indians inhabited Atlanta before 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 formerly as Terminus and later as Thrashervile.

By 1842, Thrasherville had six 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 shortened to Atlanta, and the town was incorporated in 1847.

Atlanta's population proliferated 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.

Union General William T. Sherman ordered Atlanta burned to the ground in 1864 when it became apparent it would be lost to the Union, but the city was rebuilt slowly. 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Atlantawas:

  • Black or African American: 49.79%
  • White: 40.42%
  • Asian: 4.80%
  • Two or more races: 3.18%
  • Other race: 1.40%
  • Native American: 0.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Atlanta, Georgia is 532,695 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 532,695.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 429,410.

Atlanta, Georgia Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20105,302,6000.00%
20115,366,46063,8601.19%
20125,444,47078,0101.43%
20135,510,53066,0601.20%
20145,593,20082,6701.48%
20155,686,05092,8501.63%
20165,787,960101,9101.76%
20175,872,43084,4701.44%
20185,945,30072,8701.23%
20196,020,36075,0601.25%
20206,095,42075,0601.23%
20216,170,49075,0701.22%

Atlanta Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White201,16340.42%
Black or African American247,75849.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8880.38%
Asian23,8664.80%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2020.04%
Some Other Race6,9451.40%
Two or More Races15,8203.18%
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Atlanta Population by Race

Atlanta Population Pyramid 2022

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Atlanta Median Age

33.2


Total

33


Male

33.5


Female

Atlanta Adults

There are 410,015 adults, (57,608 of whom are seniors) in Atlanta.

Atlanta Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

16.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Atlanta Sex Ratio

Female

255,321

51.31%

Male

242,321

48.69%

Atlanta Population by Age

Atlanta Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Atlanta Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.7%26.3%
Male47%53%
All44.8%55.2%
Non Family35.7%64.3%
Female31.2%68.8%

44.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Atlanta Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All215,1792.1444.8
Married53,1312.9473.7
Male7,6023.3447
Female30,7573.7631.2
Non Family123,6891.3135.7

3.16

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

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Atlanta Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,5922.23%
9th to 12th Grade20,5466.03%
High School Graduate63,50218.63%
Some College49,41014.49%
Associates Degree17,7865.22%
Bachelors Degree101,74529.85%
Graduate Degree80,30223.56%
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Atlanta Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Atlanta Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian14,95114,41812,877
White140,937138,654112,732
Islander13613699
2+ Races8,2917,7384,768
Hispanic14,64312,4157,053
Other Race4,7273,8411,588
Black163,366140,44045,600
Native American1,1981,074227

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 86.13%.

Atlanta Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$51,839$61,003$44,429
Less Than 9th Grade$18,515$21,812$16,898
High School Graduate$26,935$30,057$24,570
Some College$32,425$40,713$27,064
Bachelors Degree$65,740$76,283$55,608
Graduate Degree$80,780$99,976$67,227

$51,839

Average Earnings

$61,003

Average Male

$44,429

Average Female

Atlanta Earnings by Educational Attainment

Atlanta Language by Age

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Atlanta Language

89.90% of Atlanta residents speak only English, while 10.10% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.81% of the population.

Atlanta Language

Atlanta Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander2025728.22%
Black232,31665,31828.12%
Asian19,3304,24621.97%
Native1,69031818.82%
White177,65513,6457.68%
Other1,459NaN%
Hispanic22,0404,06618.45%
Multiple14,1922,14415.11%

19.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.62%

Male Poverty Rate

20.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Atlanta

The race most likely to be in poverty in Atlanta is Islander, with 28.22% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Atlanta is Multiple, with 15.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.35%.

Atlanta Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade38.83%
High School26.43%
Some College18.51%
Bachelors or Greater5.86%

Atlanta Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.59%
Male Unemployed38.81%
Female Employed9.06%
Female Unemployed50.88%

Atlanta Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Atlanta Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$64,179$111,013
Families$84,851$156,467
Married Families$152,396$227,365
Non Families$51,840$75,632
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Income by Household Type

Atlanta Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

28.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.6%

Male Marriage Rate

26.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Atlanta Married by Age and Sex

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Atlanta Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Atlanta Marital Status by Race

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Atlanta Marital Status

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18,350

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War4,206
First Gulf War4,555
Vietnam5,317
Korea1,240
World War II420

Atlanta Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 342,070
35 to 544,742
55 to 644,093
65 to 743,904
75+3,541

Atlanta Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,7833.90%
Black10,6705.46%
Native American18913.91%
Asian1890.84%
Islander6029.70%
Other Race480.85%
2+ Races4113.86%
Hispanic5542.99%

Atlanta Veterans by Race

Atlanta Veterans by Education

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14.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Atlanta Veterans by Education

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66%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Atlanta Employment by Age

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Atlanta Employment by Race

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Atlanta Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.02%

Born in Atlanta

92.03%

Native Born

7.97%

Foreign Born

4.47%

Non Citizen

3.49%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.03% of Atlanta residents were born in the United States, with 50.02% having been born in Georgia. 4.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Atlanta Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18502,5720.00%
18609,5546,98214.02%
187021,78912,2358.59%
188037,40915,6205.55%
189065,53328,1245.77%
190089,87224,3393.21%
1910154,83964,9675.59%
1920200,61645,7772.62%
1930270,36669,7503.03%
1940302,28831,9221.12%
1950331,31429,0260.92%
1960487,455156,1413.94%
1970495,0397,5840.15%
1980425,022-70,017-1.51%
1990394,017-31,005-0.75%
2000416,47422,4570.56%
2010429,41012,9360.31%
2011437,8128,4021.96%
2012449,01611,2042.56%
2013453,9904,9741.11%
2014461,1547,1641.58%
2015468,3037,1491.55%
2016479,17410,8712.32%
2017491,67012,4962.61%
2018498,1836,5131.32%
2019506,8118,6281.73%
2020515,4398,6281.70%
2021524,0678,6281.67%
2022532,6958,6281.65%

Atlanta Population by Year