Atlanta Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

  • Population
    5,379,176
  • Population Density
    609 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    8,836 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta metro area is centered in Georgia and has 5,379,176 residents. It has average home values, average rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Atlanta 440,641
4.33 Sandy Springs 98,480
4.33 Roswell 92,364
4.33 Johns Creek 80,979
4.33 Alpharetta 60,903
4.00 Marietta 58,436
4.33 Smyrna 52,922
3.66 Brookhaven 47,253
4.33 Dunwoody 47,182
4.33 Mableton 40,521
4.33 Peachtree Corners 38,446
4.00 East Point 35,070
4.00 Peachtree City 34,701
3.00 Redan 33,603
4.33 Milton 34,874
3.66 Newnan 34,457
3.33 Douglasville 31,573
4.33 Kennesaw 31,358
4.00 Lawrenceville 29,364
4.00 Tucker 28,343
4.33 Duluth 27,821
3.66 Stockbridge 26,992
4.33 Woodstock 25,672
3.66 Carrollton 25,138

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Fulton County 967,100
4.00 Gwinnett County 842,091
3.66 DeKalb County 707,185
4.33 Cobb County 708,920
2.00 Clayton County 264,221
3.66 Cherokee County 221,951
3.00 Henry County 209,069
4.00 Forsyth County 189,314
2.33 Paulding County 145,565
2.66 Douglas County 135,037
3.00 Coweta County 131,419
2.66 Carroll County 111,872
4.00 Fayette County 107,930
2.66 Bartow County 100,771
2.33 Newton County 101,503
3.00 Rockdale County 86,256
2.66 Walton County 85,378
2.33 Barrow County 70,873
2.00 Spalding County 63,946
2.33 Pickens County 29,550
2.33 Haralson County 28,563
1.66 Butts County 23,469
1.66 Meriwether County 21,434
2.00 Dawson County 22,500
2.33 Lamar County 18,128
3.00 Morgan County 17,866
2.00 Pike County 17,821
1.33 Jasper County 13,647
2.00 Heard County 11,674

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
Birmingham Metro Area 1,132,182
Columbia Metro Area 776,794
Nashville Metro Area 1,702,603
Charlotte Metro Area 2,261,321
Jacksonville Metro Area 1,363,610

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area 6,575,833
Miami Metro Area 5,673,185
New Orleans Metro Area 1,209,239
Houston Metro Area 6,063,540
Charlotte Metro Area 2,261,321

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Buford City Schools 4
4.33 Decatur City Schools 7
4.00 Forsyth County Schools 36
4.00 Bremen City Schools 4
4.00 Gwinnett County Schools 132
4.00 Carrollton City Schools 4
4.00 Morgan County Schools 4
4.00 Marietta City Schools 13
4.00 Cherokee County Schools 41
3.66 Fayette County Schools 28
3.66 Cobb County Schools 115
3.66 Cartersville City Schools 4
4.00 Fulton County Schools 104
3.33 Coweta County Schools 29
3.33 Walton County Schools 15
3.00 Pike County Schools 4
3.00 Heard County Schools 5
3.00 Henry County Schools 50
3.00 Rockdale County Schools 18
2.66 Social Circle City Schools 4
3.00 Carroll County Schools 26
2.66 Pickens County Schools 7
2.66 Dawson County Schools 7
3.00 Douglas County Schools 36
2.66 Barrow County Schools 16

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.33 Northview High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Johns Creek High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Lambert High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Brookwood High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Buford Academy Public 2-5 Elementary
4.33 Walton High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.33 Buford High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 South Forsyth High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Buford Elementary School Public PK, K-1 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Buford Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 North Gwinnett High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Gwin Oaks Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Decatur High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Peachtree Ridge High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Head Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 M.H. Mason Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Roberts Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Shiloh Point Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Parsons Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Camp Creek Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Piney Grove Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Riverwatch Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Mulberry Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Big Creek Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 The Westminster Schools Private, Religious, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Youth Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
ABC Montessori Academy for the Brilliant Child Private, Montessori PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Paideia School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Devereux School - Ackerman Academy Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Lithia Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Laurel Heights Academy Private, Alternative 2-11 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Pace Academy Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Lovett School Private, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Woodlee's Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Killian Hill Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Athens Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Atlanta Girls School Private, All-Girls 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Marist School Private, Religious 7-12 Middle, High
Center Academy - Smyrna Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
4.00 Whitefield Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Old Suwanee Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Grace Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Wesleyan School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 The Howard School Private, Special Education, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Brandon Hall School Private, Boarding, Special Education 6-12 Middle, High
3.66 Holy Spirit Preparatory School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Emory University
University of Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
Agnes Scott College
Wesleyan College
Berry College
Georgia State University
Spelman College
Oglethorpe University
Georgia College & State University
Life University
Mercer University
Kennesaw State University
University of North Georgia
Morehouse College
Reinhardt University
LaGrange College
Southern Polytechnic State University
University of West Georgia
Shorter University
Point University
Clayton State University
Clark Atlanta University
Jacksonville State University
Georgia Gwinnett College

Around Atlanta

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
White 50.34% 63.25% 54.99% 63.99% 49.95% 39.07% 34.32% 53.26%
African American 32.08% 12.23% 30.42% 21.63% 14.66% 16.90% 19.97% 34.19%
Hispanic 10.37% 16.62% 9.05% 9.28% 27.58% 35.65% 41.88% 7.95%
Asian 4.97% 4.83% 3.46% 2.84% 5.47% 6.72% 2.26% 2.75%
Multiracial 1.76% 2.05% 1.65% 1.72% 1.78% 1.25% 1.09% 1.25%
Other 0.25% 0.19% 0.21% 0.19% 0.16% 0.18% 0.32% 0.25%
Native American 0.19% 0.66% 0.18% 0.32% 0.30% 0.18% 0.12% 0.31%
Pacific Islander 0.04% 0.16% 0.04% 0.04% 0.09% 0.05% 0.04% 0.04%

Age

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
9 years and under 14% 13% 14% 14% 15% 16% 12% 13%
10 to 17 years 12% 11% 11% 11% 12% 12% 10% 10%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10% 9% 9% 10% 9% 10%
25 to 34 years 14% 13% 14% 14% 15% 15% 13% 15%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 15% 15% 14% 14% 13%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 11% 10% 11% 12% 13%
65 and over 9% 13% 11% 11% 9% 9% 16% 13%

Education Levels

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 12% 14% 15% 14% 16% 19% 16% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 25% 28% 29% 25% 23% 24% 28% 30%
Some college or associate degree 28% 29% 28% 30% 29% 28% 27% 28%
Bachelor's degree 23% 18% 18% 21% 21% 19% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 12% 11% 10% 9% 10% 10% 11% 10%

Gender

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
Male 48.6% 49.2% 48.8% 48.6% 49.3% 49.8% 48.5% 48.6%
Female 51.4% 50.8% 51.2% 51.4% 50.7% 50.2% 51.5% 51.4%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
Rent 34.4% 35.1% 35.8% 32.7% 38.6% 38.0% 36.9% 37.5%
Own 65.6% 64.9% 64.2% 67.3% 61.4% 62.0% 63.1% 62.5%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
Assault 298.1 264.1 295.5 320.5 184.4 354.9 318.0 330.8
Murder 8.0 5.2 8.3 6.4 4.7 7.3 6.6 31.8
Robbery 222.2 135.0 189.4 163.7 133.8 321.2 211.2 241.6

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Atlanta Metro Area United States Georgia Charlotte Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Houston Metro Area Miami Metro Area New Orleans Metro Area
Burglary 839.0 575.0 885.3 747.4 734.8 909.4 816.9 747.2
Larceny 2977.2 2114.0 3166.8 2699.6 2192.1 2964.2 2804.8 2538.9
Motor vehicle theft 420.6 257.3 336.0 197.2 282.5 477.7 259.5 450.6

Income

Weather

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Precipitation
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    Avg. Temps

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  • 4.5"
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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 1349 responses

  • 62% Yes
  • 23% Not sure
  • 16% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 2311 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 1007 responses

  • 37% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 14% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 2% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 2700 responses

  • 32% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 54% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 12% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 1% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 756 responses

  • 19% I love everything about it.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 1% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 1143 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments