Metro Atlanta was the fourth fastest-growing metro area in the nation last year, adding more than 75,000 residents, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
Atlanta’s population grew from 5,826,750 to 5,949,951 from July 2017 to July 2018, a difference of 75,702. That was topped only by three metro areas in the nation: Dallas (131,767), Phoenix (96,268) and Houston (91,689), the bureau said. Orlando was fifth with a population growth of 60,045.
Atlanta remains the nation’s ninth-largest metro area, but it is closing the gap on No. 8 Philadelphia. Atlanta has 146,420 fewer residents than the Philadelphia metro area (6,096,370). A year ago, that gap was 204,202. Philadelphia added 17,921 residents from 2017 to 2018.
The New York metro area, with a population of 19,979,477, remains the nation’s largest.
Forsyth County, Georgia was the nation’s ninth fastest-growing county, growing 34.8% to 236,612.
By Mark Meltzer – Executive Editor, Atlanta Business Chronicle