With a population of more than 90,000, Buckhead would be the 12th-largest city in Georgia if it were to incorporate. Our community drew more than 11,000 new residents between 2000 and 2010. And we are expected to grow by 44.6 percent between 2010 and 2040.
This information and more — much more — is in the 2018 Buckhead Guidebook, published annually by the Buckhead Coalition.
New Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms may have been the headliner at the coalition’s annual luncheon two weeks ago at 103 West in Buckhead, but the release of the guidebook was the highlight for me.
Don’t get me wrong. Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell’s message of “Atlanta Together” and Bottoms’ speech encouraging healing after a vast majority of her audience supported her opponent, Mary Norwood, was powerful stuff.
But the coalition goes all out for its guidebook. Published as a community service, it is “the most comprehensive accumulation of data available on this part of Atlanta,” according to Massell.
He’s not lying.
There are 22 new developments under way in Buckhead, which will add more than 450,000 square feet of office space, 80,000 square feet of retail space and 2,712 multifamily units.
Another 38 projects have been announced but haven’t started. If they are all completed — which is unlikely — it would add another 2.5 million square feet of office space, 342,000 square feet of retail space and more than 7,000 multifamily units.
One of the numbers the coalition has been tracking closely since 2012 is apartment growth. It has been nothing short of astonishing — a 134.7 percent increase over five years. And, as the numbers above indicate, it isn’t slowing down.
The current estimated population of Buckhead is 90,390, with a daytime population that swells to 140,000. The number of people living in Buckhead stood at nearly 78,000 in 2010. That number is expected to grow to 113,900 by 2040.
If you add the 2,712 apartments under construction to the more than 7,000 planned, we still don’t have enough room for the 23,000 people expected to move here over the next two decades. These are the numbers builders use to justify more construction, so hold on to your hats.
The largest demographic in Buckhead is people ages 25 to 34. Half of the population is between 25 and 54. Seventy-seven percent is white, just 11 percent is black and 7 percent is considered Hispanic.
Home values and median household income outstripped the rest of Atlanta. The average cost of a home in Buckhead is $1.1 million, compared to $259,000 in Atlanta, and the average household income is $143,014, compared to $86,892.
These are but a sampling of the information contained in the 128-page magazine, which includes a history, a complete listing of historic resources and attractions and interesting facts. Who knew the largest collection of Titanic memorabilia is housed in Buckhead? I didn’t.
Copies are available at the usual spots, like bookstores or newsstands, or you can reach out to the coalition for a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $6.
For more than three decades, the coalition has worked with the city, the county, the state and citizens groups to nurture the quality of life in Buckhead. It is made up of CEOs as well as recognized community and civic leaders.
The guidebook is a useful and fascinating resource whether you are a visitor, a real estate investor or a fifth-generation Buckheadite.