Mar 15, 2024 - News

Atlanta tops D.C. and Philadelphia as sixth-largest metro

A photo of daytime interstate traffic traveling into and out of Downtown Atlanta

Gettin' a little crowded, folks. Credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Atlanta hopped over Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to become the country's sixth-most-populous metro region in the U.S., according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.

Why it matters: "We full?" Not yet.

By the numbers: Metro Atlanta gained almost 69,000 residents between 2022 and 2023, making it home to roughly 6.3 million people, the AJC reports.

  • That's roughly 3,000 people more than D.C., according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of note: The region's population increase was the third-largest in the country.

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