These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2018


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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 Dacula and Camilla, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Chamblee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Norcross (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Clarkston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Port Wentworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Glennville (Homes For Sale)
  6. Braselton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Pooler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Richmond Hill (Homes For Sale)
  9. Flowery Branch (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Woodstock (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 126 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 2016 – 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

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1. Chamblee

Chamblee, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,862
Population 2010: 9,751
Growth Rate: 185.73%
Absolute Growth: 18,111
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Chamblee (Sham-blee) is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census.

2. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,293
Population 2010: 9,209
Growth Rate: 76.92%
Absolute Growth: 7,084
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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.

3. Clarkston

Clarkston, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,594
Population 2010: 7,555
Growth Rate: 66.7%
Absolute Growth: 5,039
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4. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth, Georgia

Population: 7,052
Population 2010: 4,920
Growth Rate: 43.33%
Absolute Growth: 2,132
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5. Glennville


Population: 5,137
Population 2010: 3,716
Growth Rate: 38.24%
Absolute Growth: 1,421
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6. Braselton

Braselton, Georgia

Population: 8,409
Population 2010: 6,107
Growth Rate: 37.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,302
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Braselton is a town in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties in the U.S. state of Georgia, approximately 53 miles (85 km) 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.

7. Pooler

Pooler, Georgia

Population: 22,131
Population 2010: 16,683
Growth Rate: 32.66%
Absolute Growth: 5,448
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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.

8. Richmond Hill


Population: 11,501
Population 2010: 8,890
Growth Rate: 29.37%
Absolute Growth: 2,611
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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 (0.81 ha) 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 (current US 17) and the Bryan Neck Road (current GA Hwy 144). 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 ½” 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.

9. Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch, Georgia

Population: 6,503
Population 2010: 5,096
Growth Rate: 27.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,407
More on Flowery Branch: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Woodstock

Woodstock, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,964
Population 2010: 22,027
Growth Rate: 26.95%
Absolute Growth: 5,937
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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.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Chamblee 27,862 9,751 18,111 185.7%
2 Norcross 16,293 9,209 7,084 76.9%
3 Clarkston 12,594 7,555 5,039 66.7%
4 Port Wentworth 7,052 4,920 2,132 43.3%
5 Glennville 5,137 3,716 1,421 38.2%
6 Braselton 8,409 6,107 2,302 37.7%
7 Pooler 22,131 16,683 5,448 32.7%
8 Richmond Hill 11,501 8,890 2,611 29.4%
9 Flowery Branch 6,503 5,096 1,407 27.6%
10 Woodstock 27,964 22,027 5,937 27.0%
11 Milton 36,755 29,131 7,624 26.2%
12 Grovetown 12,848 10,289 2,559 24.9%
13 Doraville 10,348 8,321 2,027 24.4%
14 Holly Springs 10,351 8,354 1,997 23.9%
15 Suwanee 18,001 14,535 3,466 23.8%
16 Dahlonega 6,196 5,062 1,134 22.4%
17 Palmetto 5,087 4,222 865 20.5%
18 Canton 25,022 20,775 4,247 20.4%
19 Hawkinsville 5,504 4,572 932 20.4%
20 Fairburn 13,860 11,542 2,318 20.1%
21 Sugar Hill 20,889 17,580 3,309 18.8%
22 Rincon 9,690 8,174 1,516 18.5%
23 Newnan 35,642 30,160 5,482 18.2%
24 Villa Rica 14,755 12,507 2,248 18.0%
25 Dallas 12,622 10,754 1,868 17.4%
26 Stockbridge 27,692 23,689 4,003 16.9%
27 Perry 15,293 13,119 2,174 16.6%
28 Jefferson 9,946 8,587 1,359 15.8%
29 Warner Robins 73,265 63,271 9,994 15.8%
30 Buford 13,927 12,032 1,895 15.7%
31 Kennesaw 32,669 28,313 4,356 15.4%
32 Gainesville 37,906 32,881 5,025 15.3%
33 Alpharetta 63,013 54,723 8,290 15.1%
34 Union City 20,560 17,883 2,677 15.0%
35 Loganville 11,072 9,638 1,434 14.9%
36 Locust Grove 5,742 5,002 740 14.8%
37 Dacula 5,053 4,416 637 14.4%
38 Mcdonough 23,086 20,182 2,904 14.4%
39 Folkston 5,210 4,565 645 14.1%
40 Johns Creek 82,930 72,685 10,245 14.1%
41 Acworth 21,824 19,336 2,488 12.9%
42 Morrow 7,069 6,281 788 12.5%
43 Sandy Springs 102,212 90,826 11,386 12.5%
44 Statesboro 30,597 27,263 3,334 12.2%
45 Centerville 7,576 6,760 816 12.1%
46 Decatur 21,210 19,062 2,148 11.3%
47 Tyrone 7,121 6,434 687 10.7%
48 Winder 15,148 13,690 1,458 10.7%
49 Hampton 7,281 6,590 691 10.5%
50 Atlanta 456,378 413,462 42,916 10.4%
51 Austell 7,056 6,396 660 10.3%
52 Douglasville 32,317 29,373 2,944 10.0%
53 Fayetteville 16,780 15,264 1,516 9.9%
54 Roswell 93,968 85,638 8,330 9.7%
55 Smyrna 54,788 50,242 4,546 9.0%
56 Duluth 28,681 26,317 2,364 9.0%
57 Lawrenceville 30,127 27,704 2,423 8.7%
58 Cumming 5,740 5,283 457 8.7%
59 Kingsland 16,411 15,111 1,300 8.6%
60 Valdosta 56,717 52,332 4,385 8.4%
61 Fort Oglethorpe 9,613 8,879 734 8.3%
62 Lovejoy 6,252 5,790 462 8.0%
63 Savannah 144,717 134,348 10,369 7.7%
64 Dunwoody 48,128 44,689 3,439 7.7%
65 Conyers 15,682 14,574 1,108 7.6%
66 Calhoun 16,139 15,040 1,099 7.3%
67 Carrollton 25,960 24,196 1,764 7.3%
68 Columbus 200,303 187,629 12,674 6.8%
69 Hapeville 6,658 6,240 418 6.7%
70 Lilburn 12,481 11,725 756 6.4%
71 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 120,813 113,608 7,205 6.3%
72 Snellville 19,395 18,276 1,119 6.1%
73 St. Marys 17,853 16,833 1,020 6.1%
74 Powder Springs 14,596 13,771 825 6.0%
75 Riverdale 15,812 15,042 770 5.1%
76 Lagrange 30,535 29,067 1,468 5.1%
77 Bremen 6,257 5,995 262 4.4%
78 Cartersville 20,169 19,325 844 4.4%
79 Marietta 59,714 57,244 2,470 4.3%
80 Swainsboro 7,504 7,217 287 4.0%
81 Dalton 33,653 32,373 1,280 4.0%
82 Eastman 5,315 5,124 191 3.7%
83 Hinesville 34,127 32,920 1,207 3.7%
84 Covington 13,667 13,199 468 3.5%
85 Brunswick 15,997 15,450 547 3.5%
86 College Park 14,434 13,976 458 3.3%
87 East Point 35,477 34,382 1,095 3.2%
88 Tifton 16,691 16,240 451 2.8%
89 Auburn 7,291 7,114 177 2.5%
90 Douglas 11,742 11,478 264 2.3%
91 Stone Mountain 6,102 5,992 110 1.8%
92 Thomasville 18,706 18,373 333 1.8%
93 Peachtree City 34,988 34,373 615 1.8%
94 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 196,784 193,532 3,252 1.7%
95 Cairo 9,708 9,548 160 1.7%
96 Commerce 6,601 6,501 100 1.5%
97 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 11,882 11,702 180 1.5%
98 Moultrie 14,457 14,256 201 1.4%
99 Waynesboro 5,755 5,680 75 1.3%
100 Monroe 13,253 13,196 57 0.4%

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