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Profile of Metro Atlanta

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Metro Atlanta (the 29-county Metropolitan Statistical Area) is the ninth largest and one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. Home to over six million people in 2020, metro Atlanta experienced the fourth-largest population increase of all MSAs in the nation — an increase of approximately 720,000 people from 2010 to 2019.

Atlanta is the #7 metro in the nation for the most net migration. From 2019 to 2020, metro Atlanta’s net migration was 34,374. There is no majority racial group in metro Atlanta. The largest racial groups are white (45.5%), Black or African American (33.6%), two or more races (7.7%), and Asian (6.6%). The region’s Asian population grew by 57%, or approximately 145,000 people, between 2010 and 2020. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race make up 12% of metro Atlanta’s population. The Hispanic or Latino population has grown by 33%, or 183,000, since 2010. 14.2% of metro Atlanta residents are foreign born. 

Population Snapshot

2019 Atlanta MSA (29 Counties)
Population 6,089,815
Median Age 36.8
% of Population - 25 years and over with a Bachelor’s degree or higher 39.9%
% of Population - Male/Female 48.3%/51.7%
% of Population - Race: White 45.5%
% of Population - Race: Black or African American 33.6%
% of Population - Race: Asian 6.6%
% of Population - Any Race: Hispanic or Latino 12.0%
% of Population - Foreign-Born 14.2%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Population Estimates, 2018 American Community Survey


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  • Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia. The Capitol Dome brightens Atlanta’s skyline and is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold mined in Dahlonega, Georgia - the site of America’s first “Gold Rush.” 

  • The City of Atlanta is governed by a mayor and a 15-member city council that is managed by the council president. 

  • The 29 counties that make up metro Atlanta are individually governed by boards of commissioners, city councils and mayors. 

  • Atlanta’s symbol is the Phoenix, the legendary bird of Egyptian mythology, representing Atlanta’s rise from the ashes of the Civil War. The seal of the city bears the Phoenix and the Latin term, “Resurgens,” meaning “rising again.”


  • Georgia’s corporate income tax rate is 5.75% (single factor sales tax apportionment). In the metro Atlanta region of 29 counties, the total (state and local) sales tax rate ranges from 6% (Cherokee, Cobb and Gwinnett counties) to 8.9% (City of Atlanta in Fulton and DeKalb counties).

  • Georgia’s individual income tax rate is a graduated tax based on an individual’s federal adjusted gross income. The tax rate ranges from one to 5.75% based on six income brackets. 

  • Property tax rates (millage rates) are set locally by each county and city. Real and personal property are assessed at 40% of fair market value.

Cost of Living

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Metro Atlanta offers access to an extensive healthcare systems, including 110 hospital locations with over 10,000 total beds and more than 90,039 hospital workers.

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