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DeKalb County grows by 10,600 people within the last year

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DeKalb County grows by 10,600 people within the last year

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

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DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

The Atlanta Regional Commission said that’s the biggest single-year growth for DeKalb since the end of the Great Recession in 2010.

The Atlanta Regional Commission says the county’s total population is now 744,530.


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“DeKalb added the third most people in the 10-county region, trailing only Fulton (17,100) and Gwinnett (16,700) counties,” the ARC said. “The surge continued a trend of rapid growth. DeKalb grew by 8,900 people between April 2016 and April 2017 and 6,600 the previous year. The county has added more than 52,000 people since 2010.”

The ARC reports that the 10-county Atlanta region grew by 75,800 people over the same period, making it the second largest increase since the recession ended.

“The region’s growth was down slightly from a year earlier, when population increased by 78,300,” the ARC reported. “The Atlanta region is now home to 4,555,900 people, more than that of 25 states.”

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said the new report shows that DeKalb County is a desirable place to live and do business.

“DeKalb County is becoming the preferred location for many residents and businesses,” Thurmond said in a press release. “We have gotten our fiscal house in order and made significant investments to improve county services, governance and accountability.”

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