Atlanta, Georgia Population 2024

498,386

Atlanta is a city located in Clayton County, DeKalb County, and Fulton County Georgia. Atlanta has a 2024 population of 498,386. It is also the county seat of Fulton County. Atlanta is currently declining at a rate of -0.07% annually and its population has decreased by -0.3% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 499,868 in 2020.

The average household income in Atlanta is $128,965 with a poverty rate of 17.73%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Atlanta is 33.6 years, 33.4 years for males, and 34 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 Atlanta was:

  • Black or African American: 47.55%
  • White: 40.75%
  • Asian: 4.95%
  • Two or more races: 4.66%
  • Other race: 1.76%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
State
Georgia
Land Area (mi²)
135.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
3,684.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.3% (-1,482)
The current population of Atlanta, Georgia is 498,386 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 499,868.

Atlanta, Georgia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American235,30847.55%
White201,65140.75%
Asian24,4904.95%
Two or more races23,0584.66%
Other race8,6951.76%
Native American1,4140.29%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander2220.04%

Black or African American

White

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Atlanta Population by Race

Atlanta Population Pyramid 2024

Atlanta Median Age

33.6

Total

33.4

Male

34

Female

Atlanta Adults

There are 409,779 adults, (59,457 of whom are seniors) in Atlanta.

Atlanta Age Dependency

41.3

Age Dependency Ratio

17

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Atlanta Sex Ratio

Female250,44250.61%
Male244,39649.39%

Atlanta Population by Age

Atlanta Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All227,3882.0345.754.3
Non Family134,2971.2936.363.7
Married55,8962.9174.825.2
Female29,6813.443268
Male7,5143.1150.749.3

3.02

Average Family Size

2.03

Average Household Size

45.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Atlanta Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,4272.16%
9th to 12th Grade17,0014.95%
High School Graduate58,30116.97%
Some College45,46413.24%
Associates Degree18,5425.4%
Bachelors Degree110,73932.24%
Graduate Degree85,99425.04%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Atlanta Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Atlanta Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Black157,310137,93050,738
White144,521142,501118,360
Hispanic16,23913,9387,738
Asian16,04815,61213,953
2+ Races13,41012,6128,381
Other Race5,6824,5591,952
Native American954785170
Islander12310233

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.6%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 86.95%.

Atlanta Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$62,425$73,771$54,331
Less Than 9th Grade$22,416$27,206$20,207
High School Graduate$29,539$33,186$26,448
Some College$38,152$46,488$33,081
Bachelors Degree$76,706$86,985$65,379
Graduate Degree$95,107$115,599$78,441

$62,425

Average Earnings

$73,771

Average Male

$54,331

Average Female

Atlanta Earnings by Educational Attainment

Atlanta Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Atlanta Language

89.02% of Atlanta residents speak only English, while 10.98% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.05% of the population.

Atlanta Language

Atlanta Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black222,00058,99126.57%
White182,12313,4977.41%
Hispanic24,5104,47818.27%
Asian20,0223,33016.63%
Multiple21,5482,91613.53%
Other8,5151,98423.3%
Native1,30215011.52%
Islander2223314.86%

17.73%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.68%

Male Poverty Rate

19.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Atlanta

The race most likely to be in poverty in Atlanta is Black, with 26.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Atlanta is White, with 7.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.48%.

Atlanta Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40.46%
High School28.6%
Some College17.75%
Bachelors or Greater5.64%

Atlanta Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed47.61%
Male Unemployed38.09%
Female Employed9.02%
Male Employed6.03%

Atlanta Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Atlanta Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$77,655$128,965
Families$103,886$184,060
Married Families$178,732$262,942
Non Families$62,223$88,894

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Atlanta Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

28.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.6%

Male Marriage Rate

27.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Atlanta Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Atlanta Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

17,634

Number of Veterans

15,737

Male Veterans

1,897

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War5,171
First Gulf War4,563
Vietnam4,453
Korea881
World War II231

Atlanta Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 545,163
55 to 643,930
75+3,396
65 to 743,171
18 to 341,974

Atlanta Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black10,6245.71%
White5,8263.32%
Hispanic7623.66%
2+ Races7024.2%
Asian2150.94%
Other Race1382%
Islander6629.73%
Native American636.21%

Atlanta Veterans by Race

Atlanta Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

13.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

Atlanta Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.3%

Labor Force Participation

63.2%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Atlanta Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Atlanta Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Atlanta Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

48.38%

Born in Atlanta

91.78%

Native Born

8.22%

Foreign Born

4.44%

Non Citizen

3.79%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.78% of Atlanta residents were born in the United States, with 48.38% having been born in Georgia. 4.44% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029496,533-371-0.07%
2028496,904-370-0.07%
2027497,274-371-0.07%
2026497,645-370-0.07%
2025498,015-371-0.07%
2024498,386-370-0.07%
2023498,756-371-0.07%
2022499,1276,4601.31%
2021492,667-7,201-1.44%
2020499,868-7,433-1.47%
2019507,3018,5291.71%
2018498,7726,6511.35%
2017492,12112,5312.61%
2016479,59011,0172.35%
2015468,5737,2151.56%
2014461,3587,2101.59%
2013454,1485,0301.12%
2012449,11811,2552.57%
2011437,8638,4491.97%
2010429,41412,9403.11%
2000416,47422,4575.7%
1990394,017-31,005-7.29%
1980425,022-70,017-14.14%
1970495,0397,5841.56%
1960487,455156,14147.13%
1950331,31429,0269.6%
1940302,28831,92211.81%
1930270,36669,75034.77%
1920200,61645,77729.56%
1910154,83964,96772.29%
190089,87224,33937.14%
189065,53328,12475.18%
188037,40915,62071.69%
187021,78912,235128.06%
18609,5546,982271.46%
18502,57200%
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Atlanta Population by Year