Hugh Acheson

The people of Georgia are the definition of Southern hospitality — warm and welcoming. But there’s much more to Georgians than their approachability.


  • 28% of Georgia adults have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • 1 in 10 Georgians have a master’s degree or higher


  • Median age is 34.5
  • Millennials represent the largest segment of the metro-Atlanta population at 1.55 million.
  • Atlanta has a workforce of 2.9 million as of March 2016
  • Georgia and Atlanta continue to make ‘best of’ lists for new college graduates and young professionals due to job growth, cultural atmosphere and low cost of living

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Georgia has one of the nation’s most diverse population profiles with more than 3,000 international companies located in the state. Atlanta has been named:

  • #3 city for growth of women-owned businesses (Center for Urban Future, 2016)
  • #1 place for black-owned businesses (, 2015)
  • #1 city where African Americans are doing the best economically (Forbes, 2015)
  • Between 2016 and 2021, the Asian population of metro-Atlanta will increase 17.4% and the Hispanic population 17.2% (Woods & Poole, 2016)


GrowthWorld of Coke

Georgia remains one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S.

  • 10-year growth rate of 14.4% (compared to 8.8% national)
  • Projections forecast a 17.7% increase in population by the year 2030.

Contact GDEcD

To get help expanding or relocating a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development or call 404.962.4000.

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