Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire country. So where are all of these new residents coming from?
The top area sending residents to the Atlanta-Sand Springs-Roswell MSA is the New York-Newark-Jersey City MSA, according to LawnStarter and Bellhops Atlanta’s analysis of recent Census data.
Between 2011 and 2015, 11,073 people came from the New York City metro, making up almost 5 percent of all new residents. Atlanta also lost 5,872 people to New York, giving the Georgia city a net gain of 5,201 residents.
This is still significantly higher than any other city on the list. The city that sent the second-most number of residents to Atlanta between 2011 and 2015 was Miami at 6,751 people. But Atlanta lost 5,105 to the southern Florida metro, giving it a net gain of 1,646.
While there are a number of residents coming from out-of-state cities, the report found that 11.6 percent of new Atlanta residents came from in state, with the most coming from Gainesville and Athens, with 3,999 and 3,985 residents, respectively. However, these two cities gained more Atlanta residents than Atlanta residents received from them, with Athens gaining 7,983 people and Gainesville getting 4,322.
Atlanta also received a significant number of international residents, with 14.2 percent of new residents coming from outside of the United States. More than 15,000 new Atlanta residents between 2011 and 2015 came from Asia, and 4,551 from Europe.