Profile of Metro Atlanta

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The Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is the business capital of the south- eastern U.S. and a global business hub. Metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing metros in the U.S. and has the 10th largest metro economy in the U.S. as measured by Gross Metro Product (GMP). The area is home to 5.9 million people and more than 150,000 business establishments.

The Southeast’s population is 83.7 million, and its economy is the largest of all U.S. regions. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Southeast measured $4.1 trillion in 2017. 


Atlanta MSA (29 Counties) City of Atlanta
Population (2017) 5,884,736 486,290
Median Age (2017) 36.4 33.3
% of population 25 and over with a Bachelor’s degree or higher (2017) 37.9% 49.2%
% of population foreign-born (2017) 14.1% 7.5%
Labor Force (2017) 3,034,633 250,758
Median Household Income (2017) $65,381 $57,597

Metro Atlanta has the lowest relative cost of doing business among the nation’s 10 largest metro areas.

(KPMG, Competitive Alternatives: Guide to International Business Location Costs, 2016)


  • Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia. The Capitol Dome brightens Atlanta’s skyline and is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold mined in Dahlonega, Georgia, the site of America’s first “Gold Rush.” 

  • The City of Atlanta is governed by a mayor and a15-member city council that is managed by the council president.  

  • The 29 counties that make up metro Atlanta are individually governed by boards of commissioners, city councils and mayors.

  • Atlanta’s symbol is the Phoenix, the legendary bird of Egyptian mythology, which represents Atlanta’s rise from the ashes of the Civil War. The seal of the city bears the Phoenix and the Latin term, “Resurgens,” which means “rising again.” 


  • Georgia’s corporate income tax rate is 5.75 percent (single factor sales tax apportionment). In the metro Atlanta region of 29 counties, the total (state and local) sales tax rate ranges from six percent (Cherokee, Cobb and Gwinnett counties) to 8.9 percent (City of Atlanta in Fulton and DeKalb counties). 

  • Georgia’s individual income tax rate is a graduated tax based on an individual’s federal adjusted gross income. The tax rate ranges from one to 5.75 percent based on six income brackets. 

  • Property tax rates (millage rates) are set locally by each county and city. Real and personal property are assessed at 40 percent of fair market value.

Quality of Life

Metro Atlanta provides exceptional quality of life while maintaining affordability. Residents enjoy access to arts, culture, sports and nightlife. Metro Atlanta experiences all four seasons with cool winters, warm summers and adequate rainfall.  ​

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