Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Georgia everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Georgia.

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Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Atlanta and Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance), while others want peace and quiet like in Glennville and Palmetto, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Georgia have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Peach State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Georgia for 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Georgia for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Chamblee ranks as the fastest growing city in Georgia. If you happen to be a resident of Chamblee, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Georgia are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Georgia or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Georgia state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2020

Chamblee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 28,748
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,751
Percent Growth 194.8%
Absolute Growth: 18,997
More on Chamblee: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Chamblee is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census.

Norcross, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,369
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,209
Percent Growth 77.8%
Absolute Growth: 7,160
More on Norcross: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2015 the estimated population was 16,634. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville combined statistical area.

Braselton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,509
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 6,107
Percent Growth 72.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,402
More on Braselton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Braselton is a town in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties in the U.S. state of Georgia, approximately 53 miles northeast of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 7,511, and in 2015 the estimated population was 9,476.

Clarkston, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,762
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,555
Percent Growth 68.9%
Absolute Growth: 5,207
More on Clarkston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Port Wentworth, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,946
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,920
Percent Growth 61.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,026
More on Port Wentworth: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Port Wentworth is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States and it is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Port Wentworth is part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

Flowery Branch, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,151
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,096
Percent Growth 40.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,055
More on Flowery Branch: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Flowery Branch is a city in Hall County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,679. It is part of the Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan area, and lies on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Pooler, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 23,102
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,683
Percent Growth 38.5%
Absolute Growth: 6,419
More on Pooler: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pooler is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. According to 2010 US Census, the population was 19,140, a threefold increase over the 2000 count of 6,239. The 2013 population estimate was 21,187. Pooler is located northwest of Savannah along I-95 and Interstate 16.

Woodstock, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 30,362
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 22,027
Percent Growth 37.8%
Absolute Growth: 8,335
More on Woodstock: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Woodstock is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. The population was 23,896 at the 2010 census. Originally a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Woodstock is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 2007 it was the tenth fastest-growing suburb in the United States.

Holly Springs, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,469
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 8,354
Percent Growth 37.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,115
More on Holly Springs: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Holly Springs is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. Holly Springs is located south of the center of Cherokee County

Richmond Hill, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,203
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,890
Percent Growth 37.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,313
More on Richmond Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Richmond Hill is a city in Bryan County, Georgia, United States. James Oglethorpe, only a year after the founding of the Georgia colony at Savannah, awarded grants of land on the Ogeechee River in 1734. Once known as St. Phillips Parish, Bryan County was established in 1793. On February 1, 1797 the Bryan County justices valued 2 acres at the Cross Roads for $24 for the purpose of establishing a permanent county seat in courthouse. Cross Roads was the intersection of the Savannah-Darien Stage Road and the Bryan Neck Road. The Cross Roads became Ways Station in 1856 when the Savannah, Albany & Gulf R.R. was built across the nearby Ogeechee River into Bryan County. Near this site a train depot was built, which came to be known as "Ways No. 1 " for William J. Way, the first station master and a local rice planter on lands through which the railroad passed. A settlement grew up in the section between the railroad tracks and the Crossroads just to the west. It came to be called Ways Station, a designation that lasted until 1941 when the name of the community was changed to Richmond Hill.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Peach State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 125 Georgia cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Peach State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Georgia with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Georgia Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Georgia, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Georgia are led by Chamblee which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Americus
  2. Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government
  3. Fort Valley

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Chamblee 194.8% 28,748 9,751
2 Norcross 77.8% 16,369 9,209
3 Braselton 72.1% 10,509 6,107
4 Clarkston 68.9% 12,762 7,555
5 Port Wentworth 61.5% 7,946 4,920
6 Flowery Branch 40.3% 7,151 5,096
7 Pooler 38.5% 23,102 16,683
8 Woodstock 37.8% 30,362 22,027
9 Holly Springs 37.3% 11,469 8,354
10 Richmond Hill 37.3% 12,203 8,890

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