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Metro Atlanta was the nation’s fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the last decade, according to new numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

ATLANTA — Metro Atlanta was the nation’s fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the last decade, according to new numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population of Atlanta was just more than 6 million as of last July 1, up from just less than 5.3 million on April 1, 2010.

That increase of 733,646 was behind only the Dallas, Houston and Phoenix metropolitan regions. The Dallas metro area – including Fort Worth, Texas; and Arlington, Texas – was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, adding 1.2 million residents during the last decade bringing its population to nearly 7.6 million.

Cherokee County has been leading the Atlanta area in growth in recent years. According to 2019 population estimates released last summer by the Atlanta Regional Commission the county’s total population grew to 262,700. In addition to seeing a 3.2 percent increase in population, statistics from ARC show Cherokee County has added nearly 48,000 people since 2010, and the population has virtually doubled since 2000.

The Atlanta region also is the nation’s ninth-most populous. Ahead of metro Atlanta in the rankings as of last July 1 were the New York City/Newark, N.J., with more than 19.2 million residents the nation’s largest.

The Big Apple is followed in order by Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia.

The Census Bureau also reported that all of the 10 counties with the largest numeric gains since 2010 are in the South and West.

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