Henry County is known for its ability to grow and build strong community with its 100 percent population growth between 1990 and 2000. Henry County was the tenth fastest-growing county in the U.S. with a 70.9 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010.
Henry's growth story continues. In fact, Henry County added 5,800 new residents in the past year and had the second-largest percentage increase (2.5%) in the 10-county Atlanta region, according to population estimates recently released by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The growth brings the county’s total population to 234,800.
“With our strategic location and positioning near a major metropolitan city, the world’s busiest airport, a major corridor to the port of Savannah, our diverse population and rising economic opportunities, Henry County continues to be one of the most desired places to live in the country,” said Henry County Commission Chair June Wood. “We’re developing something for everyone - from millennials to seniors - Henry County is truly becoming a more wonderful community for all.”
Henry’s growth continues a recent trend in which the region’s outer counties have grown at the fastest rate. Cherokee County grew slightly faster, at a 2.9% rate. Since 2010, Cherokee has led the region with a 19% growth rate, while Henry has grown by 15%. During that time, Henry has added 30,878 residents.
Overall, the 10-county Atlanta region added 75,800 people in the past year, the second-largest increase since the Great Recession formally ended in 2010. The region’s growth was down slightly from a year earlier, when population increased by 78,300. The Atlanta region is now home to 4,555,900 people, more than that of 25 states.
“The Atlanta region had strong growth over the last few years as we emerged from the Great Recession,” said Mike Carnathan, manager of Atlanta Regional Commission’s Research & Analytics Group. “People are moving here because jobs are plentiful and because metro Atlanta offers a great quality of life.”
Sources: Atlanta Regional Commission, Henry County Government