May 23, 2011 | Patch | Original Article

African-American Numbers Decline in North Atlanta, Latinos Increase

North Atlanta’s Caucasian and Asian populations have remained steady over the past decade, while the number of African-Americans has declined and Latinos have become more numerous.

Those are some of the findings of a Patch review of newly released data from the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau collects data for the area it calls the North Atlanta Census-Designated Place. The area is unincorporated and is bounded to the west by the Atlanta city limits at Buckhead, to the south by the area where Interstate 85 intersects with North Druid Hills Road and extends north and northwest to the Chamblee and Doraville city limits.

North Atlanta grew in its total population over the last decade, from 38,579 to 40,456, an increase of almost 5 percent.

The occupancy rate for housing units remained at more than 90 percent over the last 10 years. The Census counts housing units including single-family homes, apartments, mobile homes, and even a single room occupied as separate living quarters.

In 2000, the North Atlanta Census-Designated Place had 16,636 housing units and a 95.5 percent occupancy rate. A decade later, with 1,139 additional housing units, the area’s occupancy rate was at 91.9 percent.

Other North Atlanta facts from the 2010 Census:

  • Men outnumber women in the community, though the gap has narrowed slightly. In 2000, men were 54.9 percent of the population, and women 45.1 percent. Ten years later, north Atlanta’s population is 52.8 percent men, and 47.2 percent women.
  • The 2000 Census found that 61.5 percent of the area’s population was white, 17.6 percent African-American, 4.9 percent Asian and 27.4 percent Hispanic.
  • Ten years later, whites were a slightly smaller percentage of the area’s population. Here’s the most recent racial breakdown: 60.3 percent white, 10.9 percent African-American, 4.7 percent Asian, and 35.7 percent Hispanic.