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DeKalb County population is steadily increasing

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DeKalb County population is steadily increasing

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County is on the rise in population growth for metro Atlanta.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) population estimates show the county added 8,900 residents from April 2016 to April 2017. From 2015 to 2016, there was significantly less population growth at an estimated 6,600 residents.

According ARC, the county’s numbers “grew at a faster rate than at any time since the Great Recession, increasing by 1.8 percent, compared to 1.6 percent (69,800) a year earlier. The Atlanta region is now home to 4,480,100 people, more than that of 24 states.”

A growing trend in population can be connected to recent job openings in the Atlanta Metro area. Between April 2016 and April 2017, upwards of 87,000 jobs were available, landing in the top two for the U.S. in the year.

“The Atlanta region was slow to emerge from the recession, but strong growth in the past few years shows that our recovery has taken hold,” said Mike Carnathan, manager of ARC’s Research & Analytics Group. “People are moving here because jobs are plentiful to a wide variety of job seekers.”

To look at ARC’s population projections for 2017, visit: http://33n.atlantaregional.com/regional-snapshot/regional-snapshot-2017-population-estimates.

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