The Atlanta Regional Commiission (ARC) has developed a new series of population and employment forecasts for the 20-county region through the year 2040. The forecasts help inform the development of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint that details the investments that will be made in the next 25 years to improve the Atlanta region’s quality of life.
ARC forecasts the 20-county Atlanta region will add 2.5 million people by 2040 – the equivalent of adding all of metro Charlotte – bringing the region’s population to more than 8 million.
A fast-growing Hispanic population will make the region even more diverse. And the population of older adults will soar, as lifespans increase and the large Baby Boom generation ages.
The number of residents that are age 65 and over will nearly triple, approaching 1.6 million.
The Atlanta region is expected to add more than 1 million jobs by 2040. The top employment sectors in 2040 will be health care, retail, education and professional and scientific.