The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Georgia For 2021


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Georgia.

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 Jackson 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Georgia for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Georgia for 2021? 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 2021

1. Chamblee

Chamblee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,232
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,751
Percent Growth 199.8%
Absolute Growth: 19,481
More on Chamblee: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Braselton

Braselton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,452
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,107
Percent Growth 87.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,345
More on Braselton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Norcross

Norcross, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,458
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 9,209
Percent Growth 78.7%
Absolute Growth: 7,249
More on Norcross: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,463
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,920
Percent Growth 72.0%
Absolute Growth: 3,543
More on Port Wentworth: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Clarkston

Clarkston, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,750
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,555
Percent Growth 68.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,195
More on Clarkston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,509
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 8,354
Percent Growth 49.7%
Absolute Growth: 4,155
More on Holly Springs: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,497
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,096
Percent Growth 47.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,401
More on Flowery Branch: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,720
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 8,890
Percent Growth 43.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,830
More on Richmond Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Pooler

Pooler, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,858
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 16,683
Percent Growth 43.0%
Absolute Growth: 7,175
More on Pooler: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Woodstock

Woodstock, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 31,437
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 22,027
Percent Growth 42.7%
Absolute Growth: 9,410
More on Woodstock: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Peach State for 2021

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 127 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 2021

Click to enlarge

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

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Chamblee 199.8% 29,232 9,751
2 Braselton 87.5% 11,452 6,107
3 Norcross 78.7% 16,458 9,209
4 Port Wentworth 72.0% 8,463 4,920
5 Clarkston 68.8% 12,750 7,555
6 Holly Springs 49.7% 12,509 8,354
7 Flowery Branch 47.1% 7,497 5,096
8 Richmond Hill 43.1% 12,720 8,890
9 Pooler 43.0% 23,858 16,683
10 Woodstock 42.7% 31,437 22,027

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