TWO COUNTIES WILL BE HOME TO MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE BY 2040
Of the three million more people expected in the region by 2040, nearly 800,000 of them will call either Fulton or Gwinnett home, accounting for 26 percent of the 20-county region’s forecast population growth, which actually represents a decline from a 32 percent share today.
Both counties will have more than one million people by 2040. Gwinnett is forecast to add almost 413,000 people, tops in the region. Next are Fulton (+373,000), Henry (+239,000) and Forsyth (+202,000). The City of Atlanta is forecast to add more than 250,000 people.
Five counties will more than double their populations between now and 2040, and another five counties will see their populations almost double. Henry County will see the largest percentage increase (124 percent) between now and 2040. Next are Paulding (119 percent), Forsyth (114 percent), Coweta (107 percent) and Newton (106 percent).
Finally, the growth that ARC forecasts for the next 30 years is remarkably similar to the growth the region experienced between 1980 and 2010. While the overall numbers are similar, the type of growth over the next 30 years will look different than the growth of the previous 30 years. Metro Atlanta, and the nation as a whole, is getting older and more diverse.
FULTON TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE MILLION JOBS BY 2040
Fulton County is forecast to add more than 360,000 jobs over the next 30 years, tops in the region. This growth will give Fulton more than one million jobs, or roughly 28 percent of all jobs in the region.
Gwinnett will add 220,000 jobs, ranking second in forecast job growth. Next are Cobb (+154,000) and DeKalb (+135,000). The City of Atlanta will add more than 200,000 jobs.
In percentage terms, Cherokee will lead the region with a 166 percent increase in jobs over the next 30 years. Next are Henry (+141 percent), Barrow (+133 percent) and Forsyth (+124 percent). Note that 10 counties are expected to at least double their job base between now and 2040.
Similar to the trend noted in population, the “Big Four” counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb account for the vast majority of all jobs in the region today, almost 72 percent. By 2040, those four counties’ share of the region’s jobs will drop to 66 percent.
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