The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2023

The fastest-growing cities in Georgia are Chamblee and Port Wentworth for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

Is being in an area of Georgia 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 Glennville and Hawkinsville, thank you very much.

But today, we’re going to put opinions aside and look at the cold, hard facts — since 2010, which cities in Georgia have grown the fastest.

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

What’s the fastest growing city in Georgia for 2023? 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 surprised to find it on our list.

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

For more Georgia state reading:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2023

1. Chamblee

Chamblee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 29,894
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,751
Percent Growth 206.6%
Absolute Growth: 20,143
More on Chamblee: Real Estate | Data | Cost Of Living

2. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth, GA

Source: Wikipedia User Ken Lund from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA | CC BY-SA 2.0
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,502
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,920
Percent Growth 113.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,582
More on Port Wentworth: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

3. Braselton

Braselton, GA

Source: Wikipedia User Chris Pruitt | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,833
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 6,107
Percent Growth 110.1%
Absolute Growth: 6,726
More on Braselton: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

4. Clarkston

Clarkston, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 14,455
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,555
Percent Growth 91.3%
Absolute Growth: 6,900
More on Clarkston: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

5. Norcross

Norcross, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,413
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 9,209
Percent Growth 89.1%
Absolute Growth: 8,204
More on Norcross: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

6. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 15,784
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,354
Percent Growth 88.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,430
More on Holly Springs: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

7. Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch, GA

Source: Wikipedia User John Phelan | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,194
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,096
Percent Growth 80.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,098
More on Flowery Branch: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

8. Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill, GA

Source: Wikipedia User Ebyabe | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 15,900
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,890
Percent Growth 78.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,010
More on Richmond Hill: Real Estate | Data | Cost Of Living

9. Lovejoy

Lovejoy, GA

Source: Wikipedia User dbking | CC BY 2.0
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,208
Rank Last Year: 55 (Up 46)
Population 2010: 5,790
Percent Growth 76.3%
Absolute Growth: 4,418
More on Lovejoy: Real Estate | Data | Cost Of Living

10. Locust Grove

Locust Grove, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,816
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 5,002
Percent Growth 76.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,814
More on Locust Grove: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Peach State for 2023

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we used Saturday Night Science to look at the growth rates for cities since 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 2021)

We ranked all 126 Georgia cities with a population over 3,000 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]

The data has been updated for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Georgia.

Here’s a graph of the cities in Georgia with the most significant percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Georgia Graph For 2023

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Summary: 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. Jonesboro
  2. Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government
  3. Milledgeville

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia For 2023

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Chamblee 206.6% 29,894 9,751
2 Port Wentworth 113.5% 10,502 4,920
3 Braselton 110.1% 12,833 6,107
4 Clarkston 91.3% 14,455 7,555
5 Norcross 89.1% 17,413 9,209
6 Holly Springs 88.9% 15,784 8,354
7 Flowery Branch 80.4% 9,194 5,096
8 Richmond Hill 78.9% 15,900 8,890
9 Lovejoy 76.3% 10,208 5,790
10 Locust Grove 76.2% 8,816 5,002
About Chris Kolmar

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