Atlanta named third-fastest growing metropolitan area in country

by Claire Brennan

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area was ranked the No. 3 largest-gaining metropolitan area in the country, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Atlanta metropolitan area saw a population increase of 89,013 from 2016 to 2017 to more than 5.88 million.

Ahead of Atlanta was the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, with a population increase of 146,238, and the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, with a population increase of 94,417.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area was ranked as the ninth-most populous metropolitan area in 2017.

2017 Rank Metropolitan Area 2017 Population 2016 Population Numeric Change
1 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,399,662 7,253,424 146,238
2 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,892,427 6,798,010 94,417
3 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,884,736 5,795,723 89,013
4 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,737,270 4,648,498 88,772
5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,216,589 6,150,681 65,908
6 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,867,046 3,802,660 64,386
7 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,580,670 4,523,653 57,017
8 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,509,831 2,453,333 56,498
9 Austin-Round Rock, TX 2,115,827 2,060,558 55,269
10 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,091,399 3,036,525 54,874