This month’s Regional Snapshot explores ARC’s annual population estimates for 2014 to assess how we are recovering from the slowdown we experienced during the Great Recession. Here are some of the key findings:
- Between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, the 10-county Atlanta region added 52,700 new residents, the largest single-year growth since the Great Recession.
- Fulton County added the most new residents last year, up 12,700 new residents, followed by Gwinnett (+11,900), Cobb (+9,600) and DeKalb (+6,300).
- But, growth is still significantly lower in recent years when compared to the booming 1990s and 2000s. Between 2010 and 2014, the region averaged 41,000 new residents each year. But between 1990 and 2010, the region averaged 77,000 new residents.
- Building permits are a key input to ARC’s population estimates program. The assumption, of course, is that people moving here need a place to live. After permitting nearly 35,000 new residential units each year for the past 30 years, there were only 18,400 new residential units permitted last year, almost half of the historical average.
Learn more about ARC’s 2014 population estimates straight from the horse’s mouth by viewing the latest Mike & Mike show below!
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