See how the Atlanta area demographics have changed


The nation experienced a certain shift age distributions over the last decade. With Baby Boomers moving on to retirement, Millennials and Gen Xers began to make up the working population.

To determine where the different demographics are more present, Trulia created a report to see where the youngest and oldest places are in America. The report broke down county demographics into three categories: Young (ages 0-19), working age (ages 20-64) and elderly (65+ years).  After the demographic breakdown, the report compared the population percentages of 2010 and 2017 to show the shift in recent years.

On average, people in the elderly population concentrated towards the South. There was also a significant amount of elderly in the Pacific Northwest and parts of New England.

The youngest generation had the highest population in Utah, rightfully so as they have the highest birth rate.

Fulton County

For the Atlanta metro area, Fulton County unsurprisingly has the highest percentage of the working age population in 2017. The amount of working age people decreased from 64.1 percent in 2010 to 63.4 percent by 2017. The young demographic saw a drop from 26.8 percent to 25.3 percent, while the elderly population increased from 9.1 percent to 11.4 percent by 2017. The median home value in 2017 for Fulton was $267,900.

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County had the highest percentage of elderly in the area. In 2017, 13.3 percent elderly made up the population, an increase form 11 percent in 2010. The working age population saw a slight drop from 59.4 percent to 58.7 percent. The young demographic also dropped 1.6 percent to 28 percent by 2017. Gwinnett had a medium home value of $141,200.

DeKalb County

DeKalb County had the highest concentration of the elderly population at 12 percent, a 3 percent rise form 2010. The working age population decreased from 64.5 percent to 62.5 percent, while the young group saw a one percent drop to 25.5 percent by 2017. The median home value for DeKalb was $186,000.

Forsyth County

Forsyth County has the largest young demographic compared to other Atlanta-area counties, even with a 2 percent drop from 2010 to 30.3 percent in 2017. The working age group decreased 0.7 percent to 58.1 percent by 2017. The elderly population increased from 8.9 percent to 11.7 percent. Forsyth had a medium home value of $332,700.

Cobb County

Cobb County mirrored trends of the other Atlanta area counties. The young population decreased to 26.5 percent of the population. The working age saw a decrease, changing from 63 percent to 61.7 percent in 2017. The elderly group increased from 8.7 percent to 11.8 percent from 2010 to 2017. Cobb had a $243,000 median home value.

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