These Are The 10 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 Columbus, while others want peace and quiet like in Camilla and Glennville, 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:

  1. Norcross
  2. Chamblee
  3. Glennville
  4. Braselton
  5. Doraville
  6. Port Wentworth
  7. Pooler
  8. Hawkinsville
  9. Milton
  10. Grovetown

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Peach State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

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:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,799
Population 2010: 9,209
Growth Rate: 71.56%
Absolute Growth: 6,590

2. Chamblee

Chamblee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,835
Population 2010: 9,751
Growth Rate: 62.39%
Absolute Growth: 6,084

3. Glennville


Population 2014: 5,166
Population 2010: 3,716
Growth Rate: 39.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,450

4. Braselton

Braselton, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,212
Population 2010: 6,107
Growth Rate: 34.47%
Absolute Growth: 2,105

5. Doraville

Doraville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,513
Population 2010: 8,321
Growth Rate: 26.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,192

6. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,189
Population 2010: 4,920
Growth Rate: 25.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,269

7. Pooler

Pooler, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,646
Population 2010: 16,683
Growth Rate: 23.75%
Absolute Growth: 3,963

8. Hawkinsville

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,588
Population 2010: 4,572
Growth Rate: 22.22%
Absolute Growth: 1,016

9. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,874
Population 2010: 29,131
Growth Rate: 19.71%
Absolute Growth: 5,743

10. Grovetown

Grovetown, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,179
Population 2010: 10,289
Growth Rate: 18.37%
Absolute Growth: 1,890

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Georgia are led by Norcross which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Norcross 1 15,799 9,209 6,590 71.6%
Chamblee 2 15,835 9,751 6,084 62.4%
Glennville 3 5,166 3,716 1,450 39.0%
Braselton 4 8,212 6,107 2,105 34.5%
Doraville 5 10,513 8,321 2,192 26.3%
Port Wentworth 6 6,189 4,920 1,269 25.8%
Pooler 7 20,646 16,683 3,963 23.8%
Hawkinsville 8 5,588 4,572 1,016 22.2%
Milton 9 34,874 29,131 5,743 19.7%
Grovetown 10 12,179 10,289 1,890 18.4%
Flowery Branch 11 6,012 5,096 916 18.0%
Fairburn 12 13,520 11,542 1,978 17.1%
Woodstock 13 25,672 22,027 3,645 16.5%
Richmond Hill 14 10,334 8,890 1,444 16.2%
Dahlonega 15 5,884 5,062 822 16.2%
Holly Springs 16 9,678 8,354 1,324 15.8%
Canton 17 23,841 20,775 3,066 14.8%
Folkston 18 5,233 4,565 668 14.6%
Suwanee 19 16,648 14,535 2,113 14.5%
Newnan 20 34,457 30,160 4,297 14.2%
Villa Rica 21 14,266 12,507 1,759 14.1%
Stockbridge 22 26,992 23,689 3,303 13.9%
Rincon 23 9,273 8,174 1,099 13.4%
Union City 24 20,200 17,883 2,317 13.0%
Dallas 25 12,129 10,754 1,375 12.8%
Warner Robins 26 71,359 63,271 8,088 12.8%
Perry 27 14,714 13,119 1,595 12.2%
Jefferson 28 9,630 8,587 1,043 12.1%
Sugar Hill 29 19,688 17,580 2,108 12.0%
Mcdonough 30 22,560 20,182 2,378 11.8%
Locust Grove 31 5,573 5,002 571 11.4%
Johns Creek 32 80,979 72,685 8,294 11.4%
Alpharetta 33 60,903 54,723 6,180 11.3%
Loganville 34 10,711 9,638 1,073 11.1%
Lovejoy 35 6,433 5,790 643 11.1%
Kennesaw 36 31,358 28,313 3,045 10.8%
Centerville 37 7,468 6,760 708 10.5%
Acworth 38 21,169 19,336 1,833 9.5%
Tyrone 39 7,028 6,434 594 9.2%
Morrow 40 6,837 6,281 556 8.9%
Statesboro 41 29,630 27,263 2,367 8.7%
Austell 42 6,944 6,396 548 8.6%
Sandy Springs 43 98,480 90,826 7,654 8.4%
Roswell 44 92,364 85,638 6,726 7.9%
Valdosta 45 56,324 52,332 3,992 7.6%
Hampton 46 7,092 6,590 502 7.6%
Douglasville 47 31,573 29,373 2,200 7.5%
Fayetteville 48 16,323 15,264 1,059 6.9%
Buford 49 12,864 12,032 832 6.9%
Kingsland 50 16,147 15,111 1,036 6.9%
Atlanta 51 440,641 413,462 27,179 6.6%
Gainesville 52 34,938 32,881 2,057 6.3%
Eastman 53 5,442 5,124 318 6.2%
Conyers 54 15,456 14,574 882 6.1%
Mcrae 55 5,762 5,434 328 6.0%
Lawrenceville 56 29,364 27,704 1,660 6.0%
Hapeville 57 6,611 6,240 371 5.9%
Winder 58 14,495 13,690 805 5.9%
Duluth 59 27,821 26,317 1,504 5.7%
Columbus 60 198,247 187,629 10,618 5.7%
Dunwoody 61 47,182 44,689 2,493 5.6%
Fort Oglethorpe 62 9,368 8,879 489 5.5%
Smyrna 63 52,922 50,242 2,680 5.3%
Calhoun 64 15,837 15,040 797 5.3%
Savannah 65 141,298 134,348 6,950 5.2%
Cumming 66 5,538 5,283 255 4.8%
Decatur 67 19,888 19,062 826 4.3%
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 68 118,514 113,608 4,906 4.3%
St. Marys 69 17,555 16,833 722 4.3%
Hinesville 70 34,253 32,920 1,333 4.0%
Carrollton 71 25,138 24,196 942 3.9%
Auburn 72 7,388 7,114 274 3.9%
Lilburn 73 12,162 11,725 437 3.7%
Lagrange 74 30,138 29,067 1,071 3.7%
Powder Springs 75 14,271 13,771 500 3.6%
Snellville 76 18,939 18,276 663 3.6%
Bremen 77 6,204 5,995 209 3.5%
Riverdale 78 15,496 15,042 454 3.0%
Dalton 79 33,336 32,373 963 3.0%
Swainsboro 80 7,431 7,217 214 3.0%
Cartersville 81 19,858 19,325 533 2.8%
Waynesboro 82 5,820 5,680 140 2.5%
Douglas 83 11,738 11,478 260 2.3%
Tifton 84 16,589 16,240 349 2.1%
Clarkston 85 7,717 7,555 162 2.1%
Cairo 86 9,750 9,548 202 2.1%
Marietta 87 58,436 57,244 1,192 2.1%
East Point 88 35,070 34,382 688 2.0%
Monroe 89 13,427 13,196 231 1.8%
Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 90 196,551 193,532 3,019 1.6%
Moultrie 91 14,467 14,256 211 1.5%
Brunswick 92 15,648 15,450 198 1.3%
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 93 11,846 11,702 144 1.2%
Covington 94 13,342 13,199 143 1.1%
Thomasville 95 18,558 18,373 185 1.0%
Jesup 96 10,275 10,176 99 1.0%
Peachtree City 97 34,701 34,373 328 1.0%
Commerce 98 6,535 6,501 34 0.5%
Barnesville 99 6,617 6,584 33 0.5%
College Park 100 14,019 13,976 43 0.3%
Bainbridge 101 12,600 12,574 26 0.2%
Sylvester 102 6,180 6,174 6 0.1%
Fitzgerald 103 9,054 9,059 -5 -0.1%
Lafayette 104 7,105 7,117 -12 -0.2%
Fort Valley 105 9,448 9,477 -29 -0.3%
Cordele 106 11,177 11,212 -35 -0.3%
Cedartown 107 9,760 9,792 -32 -0.3%
Albany 108 76,946 77,217 -271 -0.4%
Vidalia 109 10,596 10,636 -40 -0.4%
Rome 110 36,099 36,257 -158 -0.4%
Thomson 111 6,682 6,714 -32 -0.5%
Garden City 112 8,924 8,969 -45 -0.5%
Dublin 113 16,200 16,308 -108 -0.7%
Griffin 114 23,425 23,600 -175 -0.7%
Eatonton 115 6,489 6,560 -71 -1.1%
Stone Mountain 116 5,924 5,992 -68 -1.1%
Adel 117 5,294 5,355 -61 -1.1%
Thomaston 118 9,068 9,225 -157 -1.7%
Milledgeville 119 18,840 19,229 -389 -2.0%
Sandersville 120 5,839 5,979 -140 -2.3%
Waycross 121 14,363 14,728 -365 -2.5%
Americus 122 16,557 17,026 -469 -2.8%
Forest Park 123 18,783 19,322 -539 -2.8%
Toccoa 124 8,327 8,644 -317 -3.7%
Camilla 125 5,078 5,437 -359 -6.6%

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