In 1970, the Atlanta MSA, as defined by the federal government, consisted of five counties (Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett), spanned 1,731 square miles and had a population of 1,387,865. By 2015, the Atlanta MSA consisted of 29 counties, encompassed 8,376 square miles and had a population of 5,710,795.
Over the 45-year period, the current 29-county Atlanta MSA saw a major transformation.
The chart at the right shows the change in education for the population over the age of 25 in the metro-Atlanta area.
The percentage of the population that was nonwhite nearly doubled, increasing from 22.2 percent to 44.2 percent of the total population. The percentage of the adult population with less than a high school diploma decreased from 52.6 percent to 11.8 percent, while the percentage with a college degree or more increased from 12.0 percent to 35.8 percent.
Percentage of Educational Attainment
of Population Age 25+
- Less than high school
- Bachelor degree or higher
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