The Atlanta metro area grew by more than 255,000 people from 2013 to 2015, making it one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The population boost is part of an overall pattern of growth in the Sun Belt,according to USA Today.
Brookings Institution demographer William Frey analyzed three years of Census data and found that cities in the Sun Belt, which were hit particularly hard by the mortgage crisis and recession, are among the fastest-growing in the country, the paper reports.
“I think the employment opportunities in the Sun Belt are coming around again,” Frey said.
The Census shows that other fast-growing metro areas include:
- Houston, which grew by almost 471,000 people
- Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, which grew by more than 393,000
- Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale, Ariz., which grew by almost 247,000
Growth slowed in and around Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.
By: Carla Caldwell at Atlanta Business Chronicle